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Stairway to Doom

A Miss Mallard Mystery

Part of QUIX
Illustrated by Robert Quackenbush

World-famous duck-tective Miss Mallard must track down her disappearing family memebers in this engaging Aladdin QUIX mystery.

Miss Mallard is travelling to Scotland’s Duckinbill Castle for a family reunion. During the reading of a will, family members vanish one by one. Is the ghost of Count Kisscula behind the disappearances?

Stairway to Doom 1 A Stormy Night


A flash of lightning ripped across the night sky. Miss Mallard, the world-famous ducktective, paid the carriage driver and hurried up the stairway that led to Duckinbill Castle.

Lightning struck again, and there was a crash of thunder.

“Stop that!” Miss Mallard quacked at the sky. “You act as if doom awaits me at the castle, not a simple reading of a will!”

Miss Mallard came to the front entrance of the castle. She rapped a rusty iron knocker against the heavy wooden door.

Inspector Willard Widgeon of the Swiss police, and Miss Mallard’s nephew, opened the door.
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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