DEW DROP DEAD Author:James Howe Something strange is going on at the Dew Drop Inn.The hand-lettered wooden sign dangles from a broken, rusty chain; the lawn is overgrown; the paint is peeling; the whole place looks forlorn and abandoned. But one of the boarded-up windows of the old inn has been forced open, and Sebastian and his friends decide to investigate.<... more »B>What will they find?Nervously, they follow the flickering beam of Sebastian's flashlight to the only open doorway. They huddle together as the light bounces eerily off objects in the room. Then it catches something...There's a body on the bed!But by the time the terrified sleuths bring the police back to see their horrifying discovery, the body is gone! A dead body can't disappear -- or can it?« less
In his fourth appearance, Sebastian Barth and his friends Corrie and David discover what appears to be a dead body in the long-abandoned Dew Drop Inn. But when they return with the police, the body has vanished. Police theory--that the "body" was a homeless man passed-out drunk--is refuted when the kids find the body again in the woods, undeniably dead and possibly murdered. On the homefront, the Barths are concerned that Sebastian's father is about to lose his job at a radio station, while Corrie's father, a minister, starts providing food and shelter for the homeless at the church. One of the men sheltered there--who calls himself Abraham--becomes a prime suspect in the murder.