September 30th, 2012
The Case of the Miniscule Monk, the first novel-length Lizzie Borden Girl Detective story by Richard Behrens, will be published by PearTree Press in December of 2012. The novel will be available in both print and e-book editions.
The Case of the Miniscule Monk is a follow-up to Lizzie Borden: Girl Detective, a collection of short stories by Richard Behrens, which was published in April, 2010.
Miss Lizzie Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts is a girl detective and the most remarkable young woman in New England. Many years before her infamous arrest and trial for the murders of her father and stepmother, she pursued a career as a private consulting detective. The Miniscule Monk chronicles a most singular episode in that hidden history.
When a dead body mysteriously appears in the basement of Andrew J. Borden’s furniture store, his 17-year old daughter Lizzie immediately takes on the case. Accompanied by an eccentric millionaire who campaigns to extend the vote to animals; a Boston terrier trained to sniff out crooked politicians; and a subjective-idealist detective who believes the entire universe to be inside his own head, the young sleuth gradually unlocks the secret of the Miniscule Monk. The legendary gunslinger’s mummified body has arrived in Fall River and will bring a punter’s pot to anyone who can deliver it to the gangster who has been posting a bounty on the Monk for decades. With such high stakes, everyone has a motive for murder, yet everyone seems innocent. Or perhaps, as Lizzie suspects after attending a dinner party with imaginary food and meeting a horse that has turned into its opposite, none of it is even real.
Lizzie Borden the Girl Detective of Fall River is at her most spirited in The Miniscule Monk, a comic mystery that paints a portrait of Fall River at the height of its splendor and its most infamous citizen at the start of her most excellent career.