Simon Cheshire, illustrated by R.W. Alley
Roaring Brook Press
It was about seven o’clock on a Tuesday evening in the summer. The sky was the clearest, deepest shade of blue I think I’d ever seen, and the air was motionless and warm. I’ve just had a look in my dictionary, and the perfect word to describe it is balmy.
So, not exactly the kind of weather or the time of year you’d expect to come across a tale of blood-chilling horror. And yet, that was exactly what I was about to come across.
I was standing outside my garden shed, with a jam jar of red poster paint
Praise for The Treasure of Dead Man’s Lane and Other Case Files (Book 2):
“The canny preteen sleuth introduced in The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files returns for three more unusually meaty mysteries—all solved with a combination of sharp observation and sharper deductive logic—in this second book in the Saxby Smart, Private Detective series. Outstanding fare for young armchair Sherlocks.” —Booklist, starred review
“Middle-grader Saxby Smart is back in his Thinking Chair for three more stories in this second volume of his mystery series. Generously dappled with Alley’s breezy line drawings, the cases are timely and twisting enough to keep the light bulb bright in the young sleuth’s mind.” —Kirkus Reviews