The Clue in the Trees

Published by University of Minnesota Press, cover illustration by Mighty Media

Francie’s brother Theo has secrets—secrets Francie thinks she wants to know. But what
if one of those secrets is that Theo is a murderer?

Francie is about to plunge into her senior year at a small-town high school near
Enchantment Lake in northern Minnesota, a radical change from her years at a private
school in New York. But when her long lost brother turns up, so does a dead body, and
once again, Francie finds herself drawn into another mystery. A long list of suspects, with
Theo at the top, keeps her head spinning. When Francie herself becomes a suspect she
starts to feel like she is walking on thin ice, but it isn’t until she is literally walking on
thin ice that the pieces start to come together—and by then it may be too late.

Reviews

"A tight, face-paced mystery. Curious teen readers will enjoy the ties to Greek drama, dragon bones, current events, and an actual maple syrup heist."
VOYA Magazine
A great book for a lazy afternoon.
Kirkus Reviews
This quick read is meant for a young bookworm cozying up in their northern Minnesota cabin.
Minnesota Monthly