The Hayloft

a 1950s mystery

by Alan Cook



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/6/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 268
ISBN : 9781425942212

About the Book

Bobby sox, slowing dancing, bomb shelters, the communist conspiracy—and murder.

Within two weeks after starting his senior year of high school in the 1950s, Gary Blanchard finds himself kicked out of one school and attending another—the school where his cousin, Ralph, mysteriously died six months before. Ralph’s death was labeled an accident, but when Gary talks to people about it, he gets suspicious. Did Ralph fall from the auditorium balcony, or was he pushed? Had he found a diamond necklace, talked about by cousins newly arrived from England, that was supposedly stolen from Dutch royalty by a common ancestor and lost for generations? What about the principal with an abnormal liking for boys? And are Ralph’s ex-girlfriends telling everything they know?

About the Author


After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second career as a writer.


Run into Trouble is a mystery/suspense novel about a footrace along the California coast in 1969 during the Cold War. But is the Cold War about to heat up?


The Hayloft: a 1950s mystery and prize-winning Honeymoon for Three  feature Gary Blanchard, first as a high school senior who has to solve the murder of his cousin, and ten years later as a bridegroom who gets more than he bargained for on his honeymoon.


Hotline to Murder takes place at a crisis hotline in Bonita Beach, California. When a listener is murdered, Tony and Shahla team up to uncover the strange worlds of their callers and find the killer.


His Lillian Morgan mysteries, Catch a Falling Knife and Thirteen Diamonds, explore the secrets of retirement communities. Lillian, a retired mathematics professor from North Carolina, is smart, opinionated, and loves to solve puzzles, even when they involve murder.


Alan splits his time between writing and walking, another passion. His inspirational, prize-winning book, Walking the World: Memories and Adventures, has inspiration, [information and adventure in equal parts. He is also the author of Walking to Denver, a light-hearted, fictional account of a walk he did.


Freedom’s Light: Quotations from History’s Champions of Freedom, contains quotations from some of our favorite historical figures about personal freedom. The Saga of Bill the Hermit is a narrative poem about a hermit who decides that the single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.


Alan lives with his wife, Bonny, on a hill in Southern California. His website is