The Cursed Hermit

The Cursed Hermit (Hobtown Mystery Stories #2)

By Kris Bertin & Alexander Forbes

ISBN 978-1-77262-030-6
5.5 X 8.5 inches, 160 pages
black & white, trade paperback

Will 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 instalment of the Hobtown Mystery Stories brings our teens one step closer to uncovering the haunting truth of their funny little east-coast village.

About Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes

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! was published in 2019,

Alexander Forbes is an illustrator living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the co-creator and cartoonist of The Case of the Missing Men (2017) and The Cursed Hermit (2019), both published by Conundrum Press.

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Praise for The Cursed Hermit

“The steady hand of artist Alexander Forbes proves as adept at muscular fight scenes as at phantasmagoric dream sequences, while writer Kris Bertin builds on the first book’s strong character work, continuing to deliver surprising and satisfying plot twists. A ghost story, a teenage romance, and maybe even an allegory about the long inheritance of colonialism, The Cursed Hermit is consummately crafted entertainment.” ~Globe & Mail

Praise for The Case of the Missing Men

“It’s rare that a creative team produces such impressive work right out of the gate, so one can only assume that things will get even better from here.” ~Kris Bone, Broken Pencil

“An eerie blend of Scooby Doo and Twin Peaks…” ~Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Distinguished by its offbeat sense of humour and legitimately shocking last-act revelations, this debut would be impressive enough as a mere genre exercise – the perceptive insights into the weirdly hermetic lives of both teenagers and small towns alike, then, are almost a bonus.” ~Sean Rogers, Globe & Mail

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