"I don't know anything about solving crimes. I just make things up." So says mystery writer Leopold Longshanks. But somehow true crime keeps finding him and, reluctantly, he keeps getting involved. In these thirteen stories by award-winning author Robert Lopresti, he investigates murders, con games, his own mugging, a kidnapped horse, and the theft of a first edition of The Maltese Falcon. Oh, and his own murder. Fortunately, that killing turns out to be fictional.