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Detective Stories and Gingerbread Houses

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 11, 2013

“Detective Stories and Gingerbread Houses–December 12, 2013” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

December 12, 2013 is Gingerbread House Day.  When I learned this, I thought of gingerbread, gingerbread house contests, the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, and even detective stories.  Although Hansel and Gretel were not detectives, they demonstrated detective skills when they marked their trail, managed to escape dangerous situations, outsmarted the old witch, and finally found what they were searching for–home.

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Have you ever been lost?  Have you ever had to escape a dangerous situation?  Do you enjoy reading mysteries and detective stories?  If so, I have a treat for you, even better than gingerbread.  Sean Gray, Junior Special Agent, solves mysteries in a series written by Ann Eisenstein.

“Ann is the author of Hiding Carly, a Sean Gray Junior Detective Mystery (Peak City Publishing, 2012) in which she applied the skills and knowledge gained through the FBI Citizen’s Academy to tell the story of reuniting a missing child with her mother. Book two of the three part series, Fallen Prey, a Sean Gray Junior Detective Mystery (Peak City Publishing, 2013), tells the story of the dangers of internet predators.” 

Too bad Hansel and Gretel didn’t have access to Ann Eisenstein when they were led from home and abandoned in the dark forest.  Fortunately for you, you don’t have to be left out.  

Register to win a copy of Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein, pictured here. Leave a comment below.  The winner will be announced on December 21, 2013. Please leave your email address so I may contact the winner.


Ann taught elementary school in Ohio and California before obtaining her M.Ed. in School Psychology from Wright State University, in Fairborn, Ohio. As a psychologist, she served in school systems in Texas, California, Michigan, and South Carolina, in adolescent psychiatric treatment facilities, in private practice, and for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She taught college level Psychology in Columbia, SC, where she currently resides.

Ann is not only an author, she is available for workshops and public speaking.  See here:

Workshops & Speaking

  • Cyber Crime and Cyber Safety
  • Bullying and Hate Crimes
  • Missing, Endangered and Exploited Children
  • Mental Health Issues, including suicide
  • Stress management
  • Grief, loss and separation
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Behavior management and intervention
  • School Issues, including Threat Assessment, School Violence, Crisis Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Cyber safety

Learn much more about Ann Eisenstein here:  www.anneisenstein.com.

Ann Eisenstein Links you might want to use:

FB Author Page: Ann E Eisenstein


FB Character Page:  Sean Gray JSA


Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@authorann

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ann-eisenstein/9/814/964

Google+: https://plus.google.com/102596304940399130499?hl=en#me/posts

YouTube: Sean Gray, Junior Special Agent (JSA), Book One: Hiding Carly video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5AoAbG5C84

Purchase Hiding Carly:


All major bookstores and online at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Carly-Junior-Special-Agent-ebook/dp/B00AOCTZ78/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386250128&sr=1-1&keywords=hiding+carly

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hiding-carly-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mystery-ann-e-eisenstein/1114830498?ean=9781935711278

Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Hiding-Carly-Sean-Gray-Special/Ann-Eisenstein/9781935711254?id=5784720193074

Peak City Publishing: http://www.peakcitypublishing.co/#!product/prd2/567847921/hiding-carly%2C-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mys

Purchase Fallen Prey:


Soon to be available at all major bookstores and online at:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Junior-Special-Mystery-Volume/dp/1935711318/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1386250656&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fallen-prey-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mystery-ann-eisenstein/1117372431?ean=9781935711315

Books-A-Million:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Fallen-Prey-Sean-Gray-Junior/Ann-Eisenstein/9781935711315?id=5784720193074

Peak City Publishing:


Both books are also available through Follett and Ingram

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Leave a comment about mysteries, detectives, or gingerbread and you’ll be registered to win a copy of Fallen Prey.   Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

I appreciate any children who visit this site, but if you are 14 or under, you may not leave a comment. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm  Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

17 Responses to “Detective Stories and Gingerbread Houses”

  1. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for giving us information about Ann Eisenstein. You are right, it’s too bad that Hansel and Gretel didn’t have Ann to give them hints to save them! They might have had more than crumbs on a path to save them.

    Dear Ann,
    Congratulations on your books, Hiding Carly and Fallen Prey. Thanks for being so willing to share your expertise with others.

    Never Give Up

    • Hi Joan,
      Thanks so much for joining in on the discussion about Ann’s books and Hansel and Gretel too. It’s great getting to know Ann and her writing. I appreciate your loyal following here. I’ll register you in the drawing.

  2. Hi Linda,
    Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were my favorite mysteries when I was a kid.

    Ann, I’ll check out your book and pop on over to visit you on Facebook.

    • Tracy,
      I am glad you mentioned Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. Good mysteries! You’ll like Ann’s too. I know she’ll appreciate you checking out her FB info. I appreciate you too! I’ll enter your name in the drawing.

      • Yes, those were classics. I’m know following Ann on FB.
        And I love winning prizes. Still waiting for the song book to arrive. Can’t wait.
        I also won a PB on Kathy Temean’s blog this week.
        Are you submitting a story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest? 🙂

      • Tracy,
        You are a lucky girl to have won so frequently lately. I am too.

        Thanks for asking if I’m entering Susanna’s contest. I am. It’s good practice even if I don’t win. The prizes were too good to pass up too.

      • You’ve won too! That’s wonderful. Have you posted your story yet? I can’t wait to read it. I’m planning on submitting too. 🙂

  3. H & G did employ detective skills. Great link to Ann’s blog!

    • Hi Carol,
      What a nice compliment. I appreciate it very much. I am glad to promote Ann’s writing and linking it to H & G was fun. I love the use of initials, by the way.

      I’ll enter your name in the drawing.

  4. Hi Tracy,
    I have won giveaways quite often by commenting on blogs. Lucky me! My latest gift of a book and CD are coming soon. I’ve won critiques and other nice prizes too. I comment because I want to. Communicating with the blog writer is prize enough, but I’ll take the giveaways whenever my name is drawn. 😉

    I need to get busy on my story for Susanna’s contest. There’s so much going on but I must make time to write. I couldn’t resist trying for some of those yummy prizes. Susanna offers some great contests. I look forward to reading your story too. Please let me know when it’s up.

  5. Joan, thank you for visiting Linda’s blog today and for your kind words! I love the way Linda creatively linked Sean’s detective skills to the story of Hansel & Gretel! He would surely have helped them out – he loves gingerbread!

  6. Tracy, thank you for your comments. Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys were my favorites, too! I know that they were a big influence in Sean’s mystery solving skill-set! Thanks for following me on Facebook. It is great to know you!

  7. Carol, thanks for your comments! Wasn’t it a wonderful idea for Linda to match up H & G with Sean! I am honored that she put me in the same mysterious woods!

  8. Diane Mentzer said

    I would love to win a copy of the book.

  9. Hi Diane! Thanks for visiting Linda’s blog and wanting to read Fallen Prey! Good Luck!

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