by Ann Carol Ulrich

. . . for young teens

"Can we go upstairs now?" asked Philip.

"What's that awful smell?" asked Wendy.

"I think we smelled it the other day," said Chris.

"What do you think it is, Skip?"

"I want to go upstairs now," Philip whined.

"No, wait," Wendy told him. "Don't you want to explore this with us?"

"First, we'll need a flashlight," said Chris.

Skip frowned. "I just thought of something," he said.

"What?" asked Chris.

"I can only think of one thing that smells as bad as this."

"No comment," Wendy giggled.

"Suppose something's buried in here," continued Skip. "You know ... a dead body."

Fourteen-year-old Chris Nesbit is not thrilled when her family moves from Milwaukee to the small town of Silver Springs, Iowa. But then she meets Wendy Young and her brother Skip. And then she joins the "P.E.D." (Private Eye Detectives). Not only is there a mystery already in progress, with Mr. X and Mr. Y as "suspects," but the Nesbits' root cellar is unexplored and holds a decades-old secret.

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Ann Carol Ulrich (Ann Ulrich Miller) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Michigan State University. Originally from Monona, Wisconsin, her writing career began at age 15 with the sale of her first short story.

The mother of three grown sons, she has lived half of her life in Colorado, where she won a full scholarship in 1982 to the Aspen Writers Conference. She has had articles published in newspapers and has had short stories published.

Her stories appear in two of Arielle Ford's anthologies, Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover and Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Teen-age Soul.

She is the author of a Space Trilogy, which includes Intimate Abduction, Return To Terra, and The Light Being. She also wrote a romance mystery, Night of the November Moon, and has published three mysteries in her young adult Annette Vetter adventure series set in the 1960s.

Her favorite genre is romantic suspense. She writes novels for both adults and young people, with most of her writing reflecting her search for a higher purpose in life. Since 1987 she has published a monthly metaphysical newsletter, The Star Beacon. Her spiritual autobiography, Throughout All Time, tells about her esoteric life with her husband and soul mate, and how she dealt with his passing.

Currently she resides in Western Colorado and is at work on her next novel. Visit

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