The Clue in the Trees

An Enchantment Lake Mystery

The Clue in the Trees

If Francie thinks things have settled down since her previous adventure, Enchantment Lake, she’s in for a surprise. 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.

University of Minnesota Press. Cover art by Anders Hanson.


Praise for the Clue in the Trees

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
This quick read is meant for a young bookworm cozying up in their northern Minnesota cabin.
— Minnesota Monthly
Francie, with her brains, bravery, and dying flashlight, is a detective for the ages.”
— Chris Monroe, author of the Monkey with a Tool Belt series