Free Fiction Monday: Trick Or Treat: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum

The teenage girl wrapped in a sheet calls herself Casper (as in “The Friendly Ghost”). But Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade doesn’t find her friendly and she’s definitely not a ghost. 2940148414018_p0_v1_s260x420Paladin demands that Spade babysit Casper, and Spade never says no to Paladin. Even when it comes to babysitting on Halloween weekend, while Spade runs the second most important convention of the year. Because Paladin doesn’t ask favors; she solves crimes. And apparently, she—and Casper—need help only Spade can provide.

“Trick or Treat: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum” is free on this site for one week only. The story is also available for $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Smashwords, Omnilit, and in other ebookstores. For more on Spade & Paladin, check out Paladin’s website.

Trick or Treat:

A Spade/Paladin Conundrum

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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12 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Trick Or Treat: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum”

  1. Dorotht says:

    Thanks for the collected stories in one ebook. I became enamored as I read the first story, but it’s hard to remember to check back or dig for the others. I hope you keep writing this series, but I wish you the best in whatever you do.

    • Thanks, Dorotht. I will be doing more stories. Another is coming up in Hitchcock’s in one of the next few issues, and there is already another published uncollected story from Hitchcock’s a year ago. I’ll be doing more as soon as I finish the Retrieval Artist project. I enjoy these characters a lot (as you can probably tell) so I’ll be revisiting them often.

  2. Karen Myers says:

    Interesting story, I’ll go check out the others.

    Typo (missing word):

    I knew little about Casper except that she was quiet and tiny and smelled [of] Bazooka Bubblegum

  3. Dee says:

    I love reading your and Dean’s short stories – but I willingly admit that my heart hitches a tiny bit when you give us a Spade and Paladin story – I adore them with much luvs.

    Thank you!

  4. antares says:

    Kudos. Outstanding. Adored Casper.

  5. Steven Lopata says:

    What a great mystery. I love the combination of a SMoFcon and Halloween. Wish I knew Spade. We could use him in Ops at Loncon.

  6. Tanith says:


    Are there other Spade/Paladin stories?

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