King of Murder (Herculeah Jones Series #6)

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Together with her best friend and reluctant sidekick, Meat, Herculeah Jones meets a famous mystery author, Mathias King, aka the Murder King. King's novels mirror gruesome, real-life murders, particularly A Slash of Life, which is about an unsolved local stabbing. Some people believe Mathias King isn't making up the details-could he actually be responsible for the crime? Herculeah's sure she can find out. But Meat seems too busy with his new girlfriend to give Herculeah much of a hand. Can Herculeah solve this ...

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Overview

Together with her best friend and reluctant sidekick, Meat, Herculeah Jones meets a famous mystery author, Mathias King, aka the Murder King. King's novels mirror gruesome, real-life murders, particularly A Slash of Life, which is about an unsolved local stabbing. Some people believe Mathias King isn't making up the details-could he actually be responsible for the crime? Herculeah's sure she can find out. But Meat seems too busy with his new girlfriend to give Herculeah much of a hand. Can Herculeah solve this mystery on her own, or will Meat's dating be this sleuth's downfall?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142407592
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: Herculeah Jones Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 540,351
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love. I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon.

First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter.

"Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

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    King Of Murder by:Betsy Byars mystery, 115 pages Two friends go into a store where they see the owner talking to someone that looks like Dracula. They went closer to get a better look and found out it was an author. Mathias King aka, The Murder King, had written two famous books, A Slash of life and A Sip Of Death. When Heruleah comes out of Deaths Door 'a book store' she goes to a place called Mangolia Downs. There she meets up with an elderly lady named Guilda. When they were getting into Guilda's car, Hearculeah saw Meat 'Albert' getting into a car with another girl. Herculeah spent the rest of the day thinking about how Meat lied to her about going to the dentist. Later, Herculeah gets invited to The Murder Kings house for tea. When he left the room he locked the door. She had to find a way out. She could imagine what it would be like if she never got out. I liked that the characters in the book are around my age. It made it easier to make connections. If i could change I would probably change the chapters. There is not a lot of suspense in the book. I think if there is more chapters it will make it more interesting because it will make you want to keep reading it. Id recommend this book to kids in sixth or seventh grade because it is a little confusing and i think that kids in this grade will be able to understand it. On a scale of 1-10 I give this book an 8. -JC

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    Posted January 3, 2013

    The book

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    :D

    Loved it!

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