Aleya Williams is looking forward to seeing her favorite mystery-solvers back in action.

Aleya Williams is looking forward to seeing her favorite mystery-solvers back in action.

"I like the cats," the Clintonville girl, who turns 10 on Nov. 27, said last week. "I think they were very nice."

Wolfgang Parker, an independent recording artist who decided to write a children's book for his many nieces and nephews around the country, has followed up Crime Cats: Missing, which was published in March, with Crime Cats: The Dusenbury Curse.

The second in what Parker plans to be at least a three-book series was released Sunday, Nov. 2.

"I really like it," Aleya, a student at Clinton Elementary School, said of the first book in the series.

The Dusenbury Curse brings back Jonas Shurmann, the boy who discovers he can communicate with cats when he puts on a chicken costume, as well as Neil Higgins and CatBob, the felines who solve mysteries in Clintonville.

"It was pretty natural," Parker said last week of penning the second in the series. "At the end of the first one, it was set up to continue with those characters. I didn't know what the story was going to be."

Parker, who also illustrates his books, said he began writing the second one even before Crime Cats: Missing hit stores in the Clintonville area.

"It was either really going to be embraced by the community or it was going to fall flat on its face," he said. "Of course, you want to do better than the first one. I didn't want the second one to be just like the first one. I needed to keep the readers guessing."

One thing that has gotten better with the publication of Crime Cats: The Dusenbury Curse, Parker feels, is the quality of the illustrations.

"I used to love to draw in my youth, all the way up to when I was a teenager," Parker said. "Then I got a guitar for my 13th birthday, and that was it. I hadn't done any drawing for almost 20 years, so I needed to practice a lot.

"You'll notice a dramatic improvement, or I guess change, since it's art-subjective, in the art compared with the first book."

Although he intended the Crime Cats series, which is based on actual cats Parker sees while walking around in Clintonville, for young readers ages 8-12, he's discovered people considerably older than that have become fans of the first book.

"It's got a really wide audience," he said.

With the second book, Parker said he decided to focus on some aspect of the history of Clintonville, and chose Olentangy Park. The amusement park, which opened as the Villa in 1883, was purchased by the Dusenbury brothers in 1899. The park closed in 1937. It was located where the Olentangy Village apartment complex now sits.

"There's a lot of really, really super-interesting history here," Parker said.

For the next few months, Parker said he wants to focus on promoting the second entry in the series and to add more outlets carrying both books. He also has some catching up to do on a graphic novel he's working on, but after that, Crime Cats fans will be pleased to learn, it's on to the third volume.

"There definitely will be a third, and I already have an idea what aspect of Clintonville history I want to do it on," Parker said.

The musician-turned-writer said he's been overwhelmed by the response to his first Crime Cats caper.

"I just want to honestly thank everyone in the community who has supported Crime Cats and has told their friends about it," Parker said. "I just never expected it to be as widely accepted as it has. I'm humbled."

The Crime Cats books are available for sale at the Clintonville Community Market, 200 Crestview Road; Colonial Candy Shoppe, 3519 N. High St.; Laughing Ogre Comics, 4258 N. High St.; Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St.; and Cover to Cover, 3550 N. High St.

Parker will sign copies of his latest work at the Clintonville Community Market from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.