At the encouragement of his publisher, famous mystery writer Kent Bronwyn is a guest speaker at a comic book convention in San Diego, California. It has been a long tiring day and he is looking forward to sleeping on the train back to Los Angeles. Things don't go as planned as he has missed the train he had a reserved ticket for and he now waits for the last train among hundreds of costumed convention-goers called Cosplayers. It's like being in the midst of a four-color comic book come to life. Bronwyn enjoys watching them all interact, but he's more interested in getting off his feet once the train arrives. Once aboard, he hardly has time to rest when one of his fellow passengers ends up murdered. With the encouragement of young fans of his mystery novels he reluctantly must solve the crime... which is no easy task as all the suspects are in costume, and no one is who they claim to be.
The first in the Kent Bronwyn mystery series, this story pays homage to the great comic book conventions of Southern California, the Cosplayers in attendance, and the crowded train they ride to go home.
About the Author
Seeking a career in comic books, Kevin Paul Shaw Broden took art courses throughout his education - only to eventually discover that no matter what the media, he was a storyteller at heart. Kevin has been telling stories ever since. His first published story was a science fiction tale that appeared in his college newspaper. Since then he has written for television animation, including the Japanese series MIDNIGHT HORROR SCHOOL. Kevin is a member of the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, west, and a supporter of Women in Animation. He also wrote a well-received chapter story online called REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST, which has since been collected online with accompanying illustrations as REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST: 5TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, along with a follow-up short story called "A Tale of The Scarlet Spirit: In The Clutches of Convicts". He hopes to do even more with these characters in the future. CLOCKWORK GENIE is Kevin’s first full-length novel, a paranormal romantic mystery originally debuting in late 2011 and re-released in a new edition in 2018, including new cover art. The CLOCKWORK GENIE MYSTERIES also includes a follow up short story called, "The Cop That Wouldn't Die: A Clockwork Genie Story". Additionally, Kevin's released short stories include the individually available titles "Murder on the Cosplay Express" and "No Easy Way to Die". For over the last fifteen years, Kevin has been illustrating and co-writing the online comic book FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY which can be found at http://www.flying-glory.com The premise is: the granddaughter of the World War Two super heroine Flying Glory, Debra Clay discovers she has inherited super powers and convince her high school friends to become heroes to help promote their rock band.