Tom Hoobler


Tom Hoobler has published more than 90 books, most of them co-authored with his wife Dorothy. A majority of them were aimed at children or young adults. They won an Edgar for the Best Mystery of 2005 for their book, "In Darkness, Death," a mystery set in 18th-century Japan. Their latest book for adults was "The Crimes of Paris: a True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection." It is set in Paris between 1900 and 1914, and one of the crimes described in the book is the theft of the Mona Lisa.

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The Red-Headed Demon
Series: The Samurai Detective, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,790. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Asia
This seventh book in the Samurai Detective series sees adopted samurai Seikei take charge of a "red-headed demon"--a boy from a foreign country who seems to want nothing but dumplings. Unfortunately, many people, including a murderer, want to take the boy away from Seikei. The long voyage by land and sea proves to be full of adventure and daring.
A Samurai Never Fears Death
Series: The Samurai Detective, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,470. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Seikei, the adopted son of Japan's greatest sleuth, returns to Osaka, the city of his birth. While attending the famous puppet theater, he is witness to a murder. And when he joins the theater troupe, another murder takes place--with Seikei's own sword! To get to the bottom of the mystery, Seikei must use all his skills and follow the threads that lead to a master criminal who is also a puppet.
The Sword That Cut the Burning Grass
Series: The Samurai Detective, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,040. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
When the samurai apprentice Seikei is sent to persuade the 14-year-old emperor to carry out his duties, he thinks it will be a simple task. Then the emperor is kidnapped, and the ceremonial sword that carries immense power is stolen. Seikei must find them both before they fall into the wrong hands, and his only helpers are a servant girl and a mysterious old man.
In Darkness, Death
Series: The Samurai Detective, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,710. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Judge Ooka, the 18th-century master sleuth of Japan, once again sends his teenage adopted son, Seikei, on a journey of investigation. This time Seikei must find the shape-shifting ninja who killed a nobleman as he slept. The trail leads him to a mysterious mountain where only the chosen may go. All he has to protect himself is a a mysterious stone whose power he does not fully understand.
The Demon in the Teahouse
Series: The Samurai Detective, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,840. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Someone is murdering geishas, the beautiful, mysterious women of Japan. The famous samurai Judge Ooka is called to solve the mystery, and he assigns his teenage stepson Seikei to work in one of the teahouses where geishas entertain. Seikei winds up entering the dark worlds of demons and revenge, as he struggles to find out who the killer is before he himself becomes a victim.
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Series: The Samurai Detective, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,710. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Fourteen-year-old Seikei has always wished to be a samurai. But as the son of a tea merchant, achieving his dream seems impossible. However, when a priceless ruby is stolen by a ghost, Seikei finds himself caught up in the hunt for the thief. The samurai Judge Ooka, Japan's version of Sherlock Holmes, sends Seikei on a mission that will require him to be as brave and resourceful as any samurai.
The Hunters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,170. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A mysterious couple arrives in a small Montana town and offers its residents a trip to Paradise. Instead...they get a taste of hell on earth. "It's pure and effective entertainment," said Publisher's Weekly about this classic sci-fi thriller.
Dr. Chill's Task
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,920. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Allie and the other special kids have been hiding. But now Dr. Chill has received a message from the secret government agency that sponsors his work. He has a task that only the kids can carry out. Allie has made a promise to Timmy that she has to keep first--and she still desperately wants to find her father and find out why he abandoned her. The exciting sequel to Dr. Chill's Project.
Be Careful What You Witch For
Price: Free! Words: 65,980. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
Olivia is spending a year with her aunt in New York City. She soon learns that her aunt is part of a coven of witches. (Good witches, mind you!) When Olivia falls for a boy in her new school, one of her aunt's friends teaches her to use magic to snare him. Sounds easy, right? But casting spells has some surprising consequences, as Olivia soon learns.
Dr. Chill's Project
Price: Free! Words: 53,670. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
For much of her life, Allie has been confined to a mental hospital. One day, she is taken to the house of Dr. Chill, who wants her to develop the powers that have always made people fear her. There she finds others with special talents. When one of them disappears, Allie and the others must use their "specials" to fight a frightening and powerful enemy.

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