Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element (Hardcover)
All aboard for a fast-paced, Jazz Age-era murder mystery set aboard a Chicago-bound train
It's 1923, and thirteen-year-old Bobby Lee Claremont is leaving the Sisters of Charitable Mercy
orphanage in New Orleans, certain a better life awaits in Chicago's glamorous-sounding mob scene. But
his plans unravel when he boards his train and meets the recently widowed Nanette O'Halloran, her two
traveling companions, and a cop who suspects the trio of murdering Nanette's husband. Bobby Lee is sure
Nanette's innocent. But what about her companions? As Bobby Lee digs for answers, he discovers the
mob, Prohibition, segregation, and a famed jazz band are all pieces of an increasingly dangerous puzzle.
About the Author
Jeannie Mobley is the author of acclaimed middle-grade novels Katerina's Wish, which received three starred reviews and won the Colorado Book Award, and Searching for Silverheels. She lives in Colorado, where she is a writer and a professor of anthropology.