Fleur Bradley has loved puzzles and (spooky) mysteries ever since she first discovered Agatha Christie novels. She’s the author of many short mysteries and mysteries for kids, including Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (Viking Children’s) and the Double Vision trilogy (as F.T. Bradley, Harper Children’s).
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel was nominated for the Reading the West, Agatha and Anthony Awards, and recently won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and the Colorado Book Award. Her next spooky MG mystery, Daybreak on Raven Island is due out from Viking Summer 2022.
Fleur’s story The Perfect Alibi appears in Mystery Writers of America’s middle-grade anthology Super Puzzletastic Mysteries, edited by Chris Grabenstein. She regularly does author school and virtual visits, as well as librarian and educator conference talks on reaching reluctant readers.
Originally from the Netherlands, she now lives in Colorado with her family, and entirely too many rescue animals.
Find out more about Fleur at http://www.ftbradley.com
About Midnight at the Barclay Hotel
Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend’s work.
Read the novel that New York Times bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein calls, “My kind of mystery!”
Winner of the 2021 Colorado Book Awards for Juvenile Fiction
A 2020 Agatha Awards Finalist
A 2021 Reading the West Book Award Finalist
A 2021 Anthony Awards Finalist
A 2021-2022 Sunshine State Young Readers Award List
Featured on NPR’s “Best of 2020” Middle Grade list
When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.
Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.
Fleur routinely does virtual school visits, and logged over a hundred school visits during the 2020-21 school year alone. She loves talking about writing, plotting (spooky) mysteries, and keeps visits casual and positive.
Our patrons were so pleased with the virtual writing workshop Fleur taught for Arapahoe Libraries. It was interactive, engaging, and dug into the elements of writing mysteries so that participants left with tools for writing their own.”
-Kara Seal, Senior Events Specialist, Teens and Tweens, Arapahoe Libraries, CO
“I would highly recommend F.T. Bradley for a school visit. Her presentations can be tailored to your specific needs and tie in nicely to the grade level audience. (..) A great experience for students and staff.”
-Mr. Mavel, EL Coordinator and Lead Mentor, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy
“Loved the ideas and discussions during the Reaching the Reluctant Reader session!”
-Sarah Moore, upper-elementary librarian attending Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival
Previous Speaking Venues
- Pikes Peak Writers Conference
- Colorado Association of Libraries Conference
- Colorado Teen Literature Festival
- One Book One Campus – Campus Middle School
- Denver Children’s Festival of Stories
- Denver ComicCon (now: Denver Pop Culture Con)
- Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference
- Pikes Peak Library Mountain of Authors
- Alabama Book Festival
- Mississippi Library Association Conference
- SCBWI Southern Breeze Wik Conference
- Young Author Fest at William Carey University
- Mississippi Reading Association Conference
- Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival