THE CURSED HERMIT is now out from Conundrum.

“…an exceptional, odd mystery.” — Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“There’s a fullness of vision that makes The Case of the Missing Men so readable and rereadable. There are perfect images in here that will stick with you like scars.”–

“The Case of the Missing Men is truly a page-turner, with meticulous black-and-white line drawings that are incredibly nuanced and deft at creating suspense.” — The Coast

The highly-anticipated follow-up to The Case of the Missing MenWill our Teen Detectives untangle the mystery of Knotty Pines–before it’s too late? Reeling from the strange and confusing discoveries of their last adventure, the Hobtown Junior Detective Club is looking forward to Christmas break when two of its Teen Detectives–Brennan and Pauline–are made to attend an extra-credit boarding school called Knotty Pines. After attending their first classes, however, they realize they may have stumbled on their weirdest case yet!It’s not just that the Headmaster and the Headmistress are unusually strict, it’s that they seem to be controlling the students, transforming them into boneheads and bullies. On the final night of their stay, the boys and girls are paired up to pledge eternal allegiance to the long-dead Lord Hobb–and to each other–in unholy matrimony!Isolated from their fellow sleuths, our intrepid young investigators need to rely on a cast of colourful characters to lift a curse that has plagued the good people of Hobtown for centuries! Bizarre, funny, frightening, and heartwarming, this latest installment of the Hobtown Mystery Stories brings our teens one step closer to uncovering the haunting truth of their funny little east-coast village.

Kris Bertin is a writer from Halifax, NS. His first book of short stories, BAD THINGS HAPPEN won the Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2017 Danuta Gleed Award and the ReLit Award. Kris’s first graphic novel (illustrated by Alexander Forbes) THE CASE OF THE MISSING MEN was nominated for a Doug Wright Award. His second book of short stories, USE YOUR IMAGINATION! will be published in 2019