Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave: The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 1 (Paperback)

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By Deron R. Hicks, Mark Edward Geyer (Illustrator)
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This is book number 1 in the The Shakespeare Mysteries series.

Staff Reviews

This mystery was convoluted in ways that kept my son and I on our toes. I love that Colophon is clearly brilliant and a heroine! The setting moves between Warm Springs, Georgia, New York City, and London. Ending with a teaser for book 2, I can't wait to read the next installment of The Shakespeare Mysteries!

— Rachel Watkins


Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeare’s tomb before it’s too late? Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, a four-hundred-year-old treasure, and a cast of quirky (and some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun original adventure. Readers will revel in a whirlwind journey through literary time and space in real-world locales from Mont St. Michel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to Central Park!

About the Author

As a lawyer, Deron Hicks investigates mysteries for a living. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in painting and from Mercer Law School. He lives in Warm Springs, Georgia with his wife and children.
Twitter: @DeronHicks
Instagram: @drhicksmysteries 
Facebook: DRHicksMysteries

Mark Edward Geyer is best known as the illustrator of two Stephen King novels: Rose Madder and The Green Mile. Mark has worked in a variety of illustration genres, including corporate advertising, editorial, and architectural. He comes from a long line of artists. Visit his website at

Praise For…

"Superbly written, plenty of action, a bright and inquisitive 12-year-old girl protagonist, and lots of literary flair, this book can be recommended to pretty much any kid in the 8-13 range."
—Decatur Metro

"The combination of humor and suspense works well to keep readers turning the pages of this modern-day mystery."

"Hicks establishes an aura of old-fashioned mystery in his entertaining debut."
Publishers Weekly

"A fine traditional mystery with a modern sensibility."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544105041
ISBN-10: 0544105044
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: The Shakespeare Mysteries