The Unselfish Uncle

Case Number 21


Everyone loved Ned Pendergast. He was personable, friendly, rich…and generous. Need money for a new house? Ask Ned. Need help with outstanding bills? Ned is always there, pen and checkbook in hand. Need someone to watch the kids while you take the little lady out for an anniversary dinner? Uncle Ned is the man to call.


Why then, did someone cut off Uncle Ned’s head and leave it on the porch of the Pendergast family?

And where is the rest of Ned Pendergast’s body?


Someone is sending a message. But who is sending the message? What is the message? And who is the message intended for?


Detective Cynthia Pierson asks her former partner, Mark MacFarland, who now operates a hot dog cart, for help in solving the crime. After all, if anyone can think outside of the box, it’s MacFarland. MacFarland is surprised when Pierson asks for his help. Then he finds out that the police already have confessions from the murderers: two sisters, Penelope and Serena both insist that each killed their uncle and the other sister is lying.


This is the twenty-first of twenty-seven books in the Hot Dog Detective series. Follow Mark MacFarland’s adventures as he redefines who he is.

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Author's Notes

“Dead Ned’s Head!
“Dead Ned’s Head!
“Someone left it lying there,
“But no one really gives a care,
“Dead Ned’s Head!”

This was a ditty I used to sing to myself when I went on walks with my dog in Observatory Park. The  pointless and rather gruesome chant didn’t really mean anything to me, until I started thinking about The Unselfish Uncle.


Then the chant popped into my mind, and I began to wonder, Why was Ned’s head on the front  porch?  Well, I live in a rather dark universe and it wasn’t long before I was able to transform the ditty that kept pace with my dog marking his territory to the story that makes up The Unselfish Uncle.


I hope you really enjoy the story as much as I did having it evolve in my twisted mind.