The Case of the Deadly Desperados

The Case of the Deadly Desperados

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Virginia City in 1862 is a mining camp sitting above a rich vein of silver in America's Wild West. It's a dangerous place, full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmen - all of them on the make!

When twelve year-old P.K. Pinkerton arrives there, homeless, penniless and hunted, things don't look good. But P.K. soon finds allies in Sam Clemens, a newspaper reporter, Poker Face Jace, a gambler who can tell when someone is bluffing, and Ping, a Chinese photographer's apprentice. With the help of these friends - and armed with a Smith & Wesson seven-shooter and a knack for disguises - P.K. takes on the tricksters and desperados and tries to become a detective.

Fast, furious and funny - an utterly entertaining mystery adventure from an author who knows exactly how to grip and thrill her readers.

Publisher: London, England : Orion Children's Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781444001693
Branch Call Number: LAW
Characteristics: 269 pages.

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Apr 18, 2017

Good book. love it

ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

Yee-haw! Welcome to the Wild West where you’ll meet outlaws, miners, saloon owners, detectives, Indians, Celestials, Soiled Doves and a whole cast of other characters. Caroline Lawrence transports you to the West in her new book, The Case of the Deadly Desperados, the first book in The Western Mysteries series.

The story starts with P.K. Pinkerton trapped down a mine shaft, writing about what has happened.

“My name is P.K. Pinkerton and before this day is over I will be dead. I am trapped down the deepest shaft of a Comstock silver mine with three desperados closing in on me. Until they find me, I have my pencil and these ledger sheets and a couple of candles. If I write small and fast I might be able to write an account of how I came to be here. Then whoever finds my body will know the unhappy events that led to my demise.”

So, stuck down the mine, P.K. tells his story of how he came to be trapped in the mine, starting with his foster ma and pa being killed by three deadly desperados dressed as Indians. P.K. escapes and hops on a stagecoach to Virginia City, followed by the three desperados called Whittlin Walt, Dubois ‘Extra Dub’ Donahue and Boswell ‘Boz’ Burton. P.K. meets many colourful characters in Virginia, some that help him, like newspaper reporter Sam Clemens and Poker Face Jace, and some that steal from him, like Belle Donne. Will P.K. escape from the mine and the three desperados? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The Case of the Deadly Desperados is a fantastic story and will go on the list of my favourite books. P.K. is such a cool character and I loved seeing him deal with different situations in the story. At the start he tells us about his ‘Thorn’, which means that he’s not good at recognising emotions – he can only spot happiness, fear and anger. He can’t spot whether someone is lying or telling the truth and as P.K. says, “People confound me.” Caroline Lawrence paints a vivid picture of life in the American West and you can almost smell the drunken miners, feel the dust and grit in your eyes, and taste the Comstock layer cake.

Put on your spurred boots, grab your quick draw library card and head to your nearest dry goods store (library) to get your copy of The Case of the Deadly Desperados. Recommended for 9+ 10 out of 10

ChristchurchLib Jun 25, 2013

"When 12-year-old P. K. "Pinky" Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky is forced into hiding. He's got what the villains were after - the deed to the silver mines that belonged to his Ma - so he's the one in mortal danger now. With masterful disguises, thrilling chase scenes, mystery, plenty of humour, and lots of colourful characters (some of whom might make sensitive readers blush), this Wild-West yarn is a great pick for fans of David Ives' similarly hilarious, danger-filled novel Scrib." June 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=649345

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