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The Swallowtail Legacy 2: Betrayal by the Book (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the The Swallowtail Legacy series.


Now in paperback. A suspicious death at a writer’s conference means a new mystery in the second book in this middle grade series by an Edgar Award-nominated author.

Swallowtail Island is hosting the Swallowtales Writers Conference. Lark's ecstatic to be chosen as a “page” for her favorite author, Ann E. Keyhart.

But they say you should never meet your idols. When Keyhart arrives with her personal assistant in tow, she is nothing but a terror. And within a few hours, the assistant is dead! But the explanation isn't sitting well. Not when lots of people had reasons to want to be rid of Keyhart, and especially not after it’s revealed the assistant recently completed a hot new novel and the file's vanished from her computer.

Then Lark finds out the assistant had a bird—the match to the one she found hidden in her mom’s book—and she needs answers. It looks like Swallowtail Island still has secrets to reveal, and Lark’s going to uncover them.

A gripping new chapter in the Swallowtail Legacy series, Mike D. Beil spins another clever clue hunt that seamlessly slips in alongside the classics of middle grade mystery.

About the Author

In a time not long after the fifth extinction event, Edgar Award-nominated author Michael D. Beil came of age on the shores of Pymatuning Lake, where the ducks walk on the fish. (Look it up. Seriously.) In addition to The Swallowtail Legacy, he is the author of many middle grade novels including the Red Blazer Girls series. For reasons that can’t be disclosed until September 28, 2041, he now lives somewhere in Portugal with his wife and their two white cats, Bruno and Maisie.

Praise For…

★  "A thoroughly engaging mystery. "—Booklist, Starred Review

"A determined young detective returns to solve a crime in a setting bibliophiles will especially enjoy."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781645950516
ISBN-10: 1645950514
Publisher: Pixel+Ink
Publication Date: May 6th, 2025
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: The Swallowtail Legacy