Monday, December 17, 2018


Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case by Rosalind Barden


About the Book

Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case

Young Adult Mystery

Mystery & Horror, LLC (October 9, 2018)

Paperback: 216 pages

ISBN-10: 1949281027

ISBN-13: 978-1949281026

Digital ASIN: B07H49P46T

Lots of characters have it bad, in my Bunker Hill neighborhood smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles, but I’ve had it rougher than most. There may be something to this 13th business.

That's my birthday, and I’m learning to dread seeing it roll around. My mother died on one birthday. The cousins dumped me on my last. This year, 1932, I found a dead kid on a park bench. It’s my eleventh birthday, and the day me, Sparky, ended up on the run, wanted for murder.

If the dead girl wasn’t enough, the dirty newspapers pinned every body in LA on me, and even blamed me for the Great War. I wasn’t even born then. The price on my head got bigger by the day.

It was up to me to find out who killed the girl and why I got framed, before I ended up dangling from the hangman’s rope.

About the Author

Over thirty of Rosalind Barden's short stories have appeared in print anthologies and webzines, including the U.K.'s acclaimed Whispers of Wickedness. Mystery and Horror, LLC has included her stories in their anthologies History and Mystery, Oh My! (FAPA President's Book Award Silver Medalist), Mardi Gras Murder, and four of the Strangely Funny series. Ellen Datlow selected her short story “Lion Friend” as a Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention after it appeared in Cern Zoo, a British Fantasy Society nominee for best anthology, part of DF Lewis' award-winning Nemonymous anthology series. TV Monster is her print children's book that she wrote and illustrated. Her satirical literary novel American Witch is available as an e-book. In addition, her scripts, novel manuscripts, and short fiction have placed in numerous competitions, including the Writers’ Digest Screenplay Competition and the Shriekfast Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Discover more at

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Little Sparky is one unique heroine. On the streets since her tenth birthday, today she turns 11, wants to celebrate with a candy pig-out, and instead discovers a dead child and is wanted for murder. She had nothing to do with it! Well, except for dropping her candy stash box. It's hard to preserve friendships when the cops are after you, and even harder to find a place to hide out till her name is cleared--if it ever is. But Sparky is a feisty, nearly fearless individual, braver even than a lot of boys she knows. She'll find her way to resolution and freedom--somehow. This endearing novel is set in Los Angeles' Bunker Hill neighborhood, in 1932.


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  1. Thank you for your review on "Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case" by Rosalind Barden and for being part of the book tour. Sounds like a fabulous book and one that I would love the opportunity to read. Love books written in this time era.
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  2. It is nice to see books written for our younger generation and especially ones written with a mystery.