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King Me

King Me

By J. A. Crawford
Categories: Fiction, Private Investigators, General, Action & Adventure
Series: Ken Allen Super Sleuth
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744305760, 288 pages, November 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744306392, November 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744306354, 408 pages, November 2023
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744306514, November 2023

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Super sleuth Ken Allen is called into action when the creator of an immensely popular fantasy television series is murdered, and his notebook—which holds all the secrets, twists, and endings—goes missing.


A 2024 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal Winner

A 2024 IPPY Award Silver Medal Winner

“A pitch-perfect combination of action, mystery, and humor.” —Anthony Award-winning author Gigi Pandian for Jove Brand Is Near Death

“Fans of both superheroes and pulp noir are sure to love Crawford’s action-packed dialogue and descriptions.” —Library Journal, for Heroes Ever Die

The King is Dead, and the Game is Afoot.

The hit TV show, The Lands Beyond, has become a cultural phenomenon, influencing fashion and baby name trends. Its creator, R. R. Reynard, masterminds the story each season, pitting the cast against each other in a toxic, kill or be killed, environment. But Reynard has even greater ambitions.

He’s formed a feudalistic society of superfans who are willing to do anything to rise in the ranks and be officially canonized as a character on The Lands Beyond. With the show set to enter its final season, the cast, crew, and superfans attend a convention at the historic Chateau D’Loire. While holding court, Reynard is murdered, and the notebook holding all the secrets, twists, and endings disappears.

Enter Ken Allen, former D-list actor turned private eye.

As the body count rises, Ken discovers the stakes are far greater than just a television show. And the fantasy neophyte is about to learn that all is fair in love and war in The Lands Beyond.

For readers who love fun mysteries like the Spenser Series by Robert B. Parker, the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich, and the M Murder Series by Anthony Horowitz.


  • Winner, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award - Mystery & Thriller 2024
  • Winner, IPPY Silver Award - Mystery 2024


“Crawford’s gleeful skewering of obsessive fandom and gift for action sequences make this twisty, frothy whodunit whiz by. Readers will impatiently await the next installment.” Publishers Weekly

“VERDICT: Highly recommended for listeners who want a madcap mixture of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, and Magnum, P.I.” Library Journal, audio starred review

“An original and fun read from start to finish, King Me showcases author J. A. Crawford’s impressive flair for humor and the kind of narrative driven storytelling that makes for a compelling ‘whodunnit’ mystery populated by memorable characters and a profusion of plot twists and turns that keeps the reader’s complete and rapt and compulsive page turning attention from beginning to end.” Midwest Book Review