The Body On the Roof

Kevin Creager 1523348176955


1980s & '90s

Kevin Creager

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Mayberry meets Agatha Christie. The small-town police force of Summerfield, Ohio, spends three days investigating the death of a well-liked teacher. The subsequent discoveries forever change the lives of many of the town's characters.



Short Summary

The body of a well-liked retired teacher is discovered on her roof one morning and it is up to the local police force of five to determine what has happened and why. However, solving her death is only the beginning and the reputations of many of the leading citizens become at risk.

Over the course of three days, three mysteries are solved - Grace's death, the thefts of items from various garage sales found in a hidden room, and an attack on one of the police officers.


Summerfield, Ohio. - small town in Northeast Ohio

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Martin Addams

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy,Faithful,Engaging,Empathetic,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Stephanie Reasoner

Age: 31

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: George Peabody

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Modest,Funny,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeff Pierson

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Selfless,Honorable,Leader

Development Pitch

Agatha Christie meets Mayberry. A small town full of characters and secrets faces the death of a well-loved citizen. There are no apparent motives or suspects. The small police force has to rely upon it's inner resources and the individual skills of it's officers rather than high-tech crime-solving techniques. Solving the initial death only leads to more questions and deeper mysteries. Each of the three days focuses on a the skills of a different officer. As a movie, the the story presents a tight mystery not dependent on violence or fight scenes. As a TV series, the town and characters would lead to the development of more crime storylines and deeper character development. Viewers will want to learn more about the townspeople.

About The Author

Kevin Creager has been a school psychologist for 41 years, serving a variety of school districts, from a village to rural county schools to an inner-city urban district. His first book, We Cuss a Little: The Life and Times Of a School Psychologist, was selected as one of the 9 essential books for a school psychologist's bookshelf in 2017. He grew up in the small town of Canfield, Ohio, a town where everyone knew everyone else, such as Summerfield, the town in the book. Relationships mattered.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available