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KEN TOPPELL, Author

Author of Second Cousin Once Removed, and The Atkinson collection of gripping murder mysteries. My road to writing started out by writing for the high school newspaper. After a lifetime of experiences, a professional career, and connections with great people, I now spend my time writing fast-paced murder mysteries that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Keep scrolling to discover more.

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The Search for Charley Hudson

When Covid eliminates Alex Grant’s college graduation, his grandfather Henry has too much time on his hands. He tries to stay out of trouble while his wife Carolyn convalesces from Covid but he is soon dragged onto the hunt for a mass murderer. His cousin Shelley, a retired hitman, is there to cover his back while Shelley’s wife Marian demonstrates how best to hold off policemen and keep Charley busy. Charley is the only witness to the slaughter of his friends and the key to nabbing Mr. Rogers before the banker can leave town. There is plenty of action to keep the cousins busy even when they stop speaking.

Prologue to Murder

“Takkies last video” attracted little attention until long after Takkies’ death. By then, three other men had died violently, and the other people from the video were missing. Henry Atkinson was waiting on a flight when he saw one victim fall out of a luggage carrier. Even at a busy airport, this attracted attention. Henry was a retired lawyer and a baseball devotee, but when he and his cousin Shelley, a former hitman, heard about another victim, the chase was on. Why were these men being murdered? It couldn’t just be due to their answers to the quiz. Who was killing the cast of “Takkies last video?” With the help of a non-existent dog and an alcoholic former cop, Henry and his family learn more about the French Broad than they knew to ask.

ABOUT KEN

Author of Second Cousin Once Removed, and The Atkinson collection of gripping murder mysteries. My road to writing started out by writing for the high school newspaper. After a lifetime of experiences, a professional career, and connections with great people, I now spend my time writing fast-paced murder mysteries that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Keep scrolling to discover more.

The love of reading and writing, for me, started as a child. My dad would read to me as a young boy. As I grew older, I also developed a passion for history. I remember reading Richard Harding Davis (a famous war journalist) and thinking “I wish I could write like him,” his talent is truly amazing.

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Second Cousin, Once Removed

Second Cousin, Once Removed, grabs you from the very first sentence and holds you until the end.”

“The book is witty as all get out and I am so here for it! Now, when I say action packed, I mean 0-100 action packed…”

– MINDY LEIGH


“It’s surprising what a can of worms Henry opens when he tries to fill out his family tree in Second Cousin, Once Removed…”

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THE SEARCH FOR CHARLEY HUDSON

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