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Stage Door to Terror

A Miss Mallard Mystery

Part of QUIX
Illustrated by Robert Quackenbush

World-famous duck-tective Miss Mallard’s trip to Paris gets complicated in this engaging Aladdin QUIX mystery.

Miss Mallard is in Paris to visit an old friend and becomes involved in one of the most terrifying cases of her career: the disappearance of a star performer and the long-ago theft of a fabulous jewel!

Chapter 1: Ducknapped! 1 Ducknapped!


On a weekend tour of Paris, Miss Mallard—the world-famous ducktective—was joined by her nephew, Willard Widgeon of the Swiss police.

They especially wanted to see Claudine Pilet, who was going to sing and dance at a nightclub called the Canard-Rouge. Claudine was the granddaughter of an old family friend, Lily Pilet.

“Isn’t this exciting, Willard?” asked Miss Mallard as they sat down at a table near the stage.

“Just ducky!” said Inspector Widgeon.

A waiter took their orders and returned with two pots of tea.

Inspector Widgeon raised his cup and said, “Here’s to Claudine!”
Photograph © Geert Snoeijer, Amsterdam

Robert Quackenbush, the author and illustrator of more than two hundred books for young readers, is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and also has a master’s degree in social studies and a PhD in childhood education. Quackenbush’s many books include the Henry the Duck series, Detective Mole, the Miss Mallard Mystery series, Pete Pack Rat, and the Sheriff Sally Gopher series. He is the three-time winner of the American Flag Institute Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature and winner of an Edgar Allan Poe Special Award for best juvenile mystery. He lives in New York City with his wife, Margery, director of NAAP. Their now adult son, Piet, was the inspiration for many of the author’s books when he was growing up.

Photograph © Geert Snoeijer, Amsterdam

Robert Quackenbush, the author and illustrator of more than two hundred books for young readers, is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and also has a master’s degree in social studies and a PhD in childhood education. Quackenbush’s many books include the Henry the Duck series, Detective Mole, the Miss Mallard Mystery series, Pete Pack Rat, and the Sheriff Sally Gopher series. He is the three-time winner of the American Flag Institute Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature and winner of an Edgar Allan Poe Special Award for best juvenile mystery. He lives in New York City with his wife, Margery, director of NAAP. Their now adult son, Piet, was the inspiration for many of the author’s books when he was growing up.

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