“Steve Brixton is fast becoming America’s top detective. After saving the United States of America in The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, he has opened his own agency. Steve gets a call to solve the case of the Fairview diamond but it turns into an even bigger mystery. MacArthur Bart, author of Steve’s beloved Bailey Brothers series, has been kidnapped!! And there is only one 12-year-old detective who can find him. But not without the help of his best chum Dana and The Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook. Full of run-ins with goons, bullys, and the B. Syndicate (or is that Bee Syndicate?), The *Ghostwriter Secret will keep everyone laughing with suspense.
*Please note Steve encounters no specters in the course of this book.” (from Goodreads)
How could anything compare to the clever and hilarious first installment of this series by Mac Barnett? This book almost didn’t make five stars until the last few chapters. Serious suprises there. And then more suprises. And even more. The plot is as good as if Steven Moffat wrote a kids’ book. The writing style was fantastic (and funny!) as always, and it was fun to see Dana getting in on the adventures. He packs a good punch! I especially enjoyed that there were SPOILER ALERT! literary-related villains again. 😉 Not recommended for younger readers because of some disrespect of adults and intense action including kidnapping, and SPOILER ALERT! being threatened with a gun and shot at on two separate occasions. Also Dana is SPOILER ALERT! called someone’s “girlfriend” by a bully who is teasing him that his name is a girl’s name.
Best quote: Anyway, now Steve had a huge bag of red Jolly Ranchers. And this was a problem. Because his second favorite flavor, watermelon, was red, but so was the flavor he hated most: cherry, a.k.a. disgusting cough syrup. And since watermelon and cherry looked exactly the same, Steve was constantly putting the wrong one in his mouth and then spitting it out.
Altogether–yeah, I need the rest of the series pronto. 😀