Fans of classic detective stories, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and the Secret Series will devour this illustrated middle-grade adventure that follows three curious sleuths as they investigate a mysterious, old house with some hidden secrets.
Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom.
As if leaving New York City and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite Detective Mystery Squad (DMS), weren’t bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, a creepy old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic dead willow tree, and a mysterious past.
Before she can even unpack, strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a strange picture of a red-haired lady are the first in a series of clues that takes the members of the Detective Mystery Squad on an amazing adventure.
"The novel builds to an exciting climax that takes magic in stride and suggests that further mysteries await the DMS trio."-Publishers Weekly
"This paranormal mystery will be of interest to young readers looking for something spooky but not violent or scary."-Booklist
Mixing realism and fantasy, Haight and Robinson's debut opens with 11-year-old Fairday's move from Manhattan to a small town in Connecticut, where her relentlessly cheerful parents plan to turn a dilapidated Victorian into a bed and breakfast. No sooner has the family arrived than eerie sights and sounds begin to haunt Fairday. The house turns out to hold dark secrets that everybody in town suspects but nobody can explain: a perfect mission for Fairday and her best friend Lizzy's Detective Mystery Squad (DMS). The girls undergo inexplicable hair-raising experiences in the haunted house; when they enlist a clever local boy to join them, the plot thickens and the adventures grow even more bizarre and frightening (Muradov's moody, angular b&w artwork plays right into the creepiness). While relying on the too-convenient device of discovering an old diary and on a retired newspaper reporter, the novel builds to an exciting climax that takes magic in stride and suggests that further mysteries await the DMS trio. Ages 10 up. Authors'