Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Children's Mystery Series Features Autistic Child; Portion of Royalties to be Donated to Charity

Dead Puzzling by Sue Birch

Sue Birch is the author of Dead Puzzling, a recently published children's murder mystery.

In Dead Puzzling, 9-year-old Oliver Pickles, one of the three young heroes in the story, suffers from the autistic condition Asperger's Syndrome. While this doesn't stop him from trying to help his sister Lizzie and friend Tom track down their village killer, it doesn't always make the adventure run smoothly. Much of Oliver's amusing and unpredictable behavior is based on Sue's son Michael, who is also autistic. "Although Mike never got involved in any criminal investigations," Sue told us hastily.

Sue also let us know she is donating half her royalties on the book to the National Autistic Society, the UK's leading charity for people affected by autism.

Dead Puzzling is the first in a planned series of young adult thrillers involving the trio and is available on and other major retailers.

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