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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0147510333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0147510334
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for her Roman Mysteries series, which comprises over 20 books and inspired a glossy BBC TV series.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012. P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified man was shortlisted for an Edgar Award in 2014. The UK title of the same book is The Case of the Good Looking Corpse. P.K.'s third mystery was The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows. The final and fourth book in the series is The Case of the Bogus Detective.

Caroline has also written a book for Barrington Stoke, who specialise in books for dyslexic and reluctant readers. The Night Raid is a re-telling of the story of Nisus and Euryalus from Virgil's Aeneid.

Caroline says: "I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline is also writing a spin-off series of Roman books for readers aged 7+, starting with
The Sewer Demon

Here are the Roman Mystery novels in series order:

The Thieves Of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries 1
The Secrets Of Vesuvius: The Roman Mysteries 2
The Pirates Of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries 3
The Assassins Of Rome: The Roman Mysteries 4
The Dolphins Of Laurentum: The Roman Mysteries 5
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina:The Roman Mysteries 6
The Enemies Of Jupiter: The Roman Mysteries 7
The Gladiators From Capua: The Roman Mysteries 8
The Colossus Of Rhodes: The Roman Mysteries 9
The Fugitive From Corinth: The Roman Mysteries 10
The Sirens Of Surrentum: The Roman Mysteries 11
The Charioteer Of Delphi: The Roman Mysteries 12
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem: The Roman Mysteries 13
The Beggar Of Volubilis: The Roman Mysteries 14
The Scribes From Alexandria: The Roman Mysteries 15
The Prophet From Ephesus: The Roman Mysteries 16
The Man From Pomegranate Street: The Roman Mysteries 17

Here are the mini-mysteries:

The Legionary From Londinium And Other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast And Other Mini-Mysteries

Plus quiz books, omnibus editions, a travel book and a treasury:

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 1-3) (B) (Feb)
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 4-6) (B)
From Ostia To Alexandria With Flavia Gemina
The Roman Mysteries Treasury

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Note: UK and US version have different titles: the UK title is "The-case-of-the-good-looking-corpse" while the US title is "Petrified Man".

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Neil Lawrinson on 13 Sept. 2014
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Disappointed to open this and find it is the same story as that titled "the good looking corpse". A waste of money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A delightful Western mystery 19 April 2013
By Liviania - Published on
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The random books Penguin sends me makes me happy. None of the other publishers tend to send me off the wall stuff. But Penguin does and I've found some real gems that way. Let's be honest, a middle grade western mystery? Pfft.

But P.K. PINKERTON AND THE PETRIFIED MAN was terrific. Let's face it, mystery series live and die based on the personalities of their detectives. P.K. is most definitely a personality. He's twelve years old and recently orphaned. He's started a detective agency where he uses his skills with disguise, language, and tracking. However, he has a Thorn - he's bad at reading faces and detecting lies, both important skills for a detective.

P.K. is autistic, but it's described in period terms. An older reader will figure it out, but for a younger reader he'll just be a little different. Caroline Lawrence did an excellent job with the period language. She uses words that are easy to understand and a little fun, never ones that feel overly archaic or pretentious. The haphazard capitalization also feels like how a twelve year old might write.

Honestly, all the period stuff is cool. Lawrence really brings the American West to life without romanticizing it. P.K. is half Lakota and thus not welcome everywhere. The girl who likes him treats him differently after learning his heritage. Entertainers put on shows in blackface. The murder P.K. investigates isn't a priority with the law since the victim was a Soiled Dove. (The references to prostitution are fairly circumspect.) P.K.'s client is a former slave. (The Civil War is raging, although P.K. is mostly oblivious.) At the same time, Lawrence doesn't make it seem like a terrible time and place to live. Just a tough one.

One of the characters is Sam Clemens, before he was Mark Twain. I liked that he was used sparingly. Readers familiar with Mark Twain will have much to chuckle about in his appearances and the joke doesn't wear out its welcome. If any of the other characters were historical figures, I didn't notice them.

P.K. PINKERTON AND THE PETRIFIED MAN is a page-turning, character-driven mystery. I liked how all the clues came together and P.K. came up with a plan to bring the murderer to justice. Lawrence never gets too bogged down in the historical and character detail to remember she's telling a mystery - a clever one at that. THE PETRIFIED MAN is a genuine gem.
P.K Pinkerton and the Petrified Man 12 Jun. 2013
By Dan Scully - Published on
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I think this is a great series and a really good book. The only thing is that there was a little too much blood and guns. But it was a great book.
A Pleasant Read 2 Sept. 2015
By Desert Mom - Published on
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My daughter (age 7) and I both enjoyed this installment in the P.K. Pinkerton series. The plot was engaging with enough detail to be interesting and plenty of activity to maintain our attention . I didn't find the content to be objectionable for my daughter, with morals being woven in without being preachy or religious.
Did I do a Double Order??? 3 Jun. 2014
By Judy Finney - Published on
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Is this book the same as The Case of the Mussing Corpse? The little boy that I bought it for, thinking I was getting two different books, says it the same book. If it is, why doesn't it say that it is.
Good series for my son 26 Feb. 2015
By Netsirk - Published on
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My 9 year old son really enjoyed this series and is on his second read. We found the first one at the library and he wanted to own it.
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