The Ghostwriter Secret (Brixton Brothers Series #2)

The Ghostwriter Secret (Brixton Brothers Series #2)

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Steve Brixton is America’s next great kid detective (and now he has his own agency to prove it)….
When twelve-year-old detective Steve Brixton gets a call that the Fairview diamond has gone missing, there are only two things to do: grab his new business cards and take the case!

But Steve quickly learns there’s an even bigger mystery afoot.

MacArthur Bart, a.k.a. Steve’s hero, a.k.a. the author of the Bailey Brothers Mysteries series, has been kidnapped! With the man who taught him everything he knows about sleuthing in trouble, Steve and his best chum, Dana, know they must stage a daring rescue. . . .

Once they find out where Bart is . . .and who took him . . .and why.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307710444
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Brixton Brothers Series , #2
Pages: 3
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

MAC BARNETT is the author of two picture books, Guess Again! and Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, as well as Brixton Brothers, Books 1: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, which is also available on audio from Listening Library. He is on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers (seriously). You can visit Mac’s website at

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The Ghostwriter Secret SUNDAY
IT WAS SUNDAY, which was Steve Brixton’s least favorite day of the week, and the sun was setting, which was Steve Brixton’s least favorite part of a Sunday. But Steve was on his living room couch reading Bailey Brothers #19: The Strange Case of the Strangest Stranger, which was part of Steve Brixton’s most favorite series of all time: the Bailey Brothers Mysteries.

The Bailey Brothers Mysteries were fifty-eight high-octane adventures featuring Shawn and Kevin Bailey, two quick-thinking, hard-punching teens who never met a case they couldn’t crack, a motorcycle they couldn’t ride, or an avalanche they couldn’t cause and subsequently survive. Sleuthing ran in their family: They were the sons of the great American detective Harris Bailey, and they were terrific sleuths in their own right.

There were fifty-eight thrilling and perfect Bailey Brothers mysteries in all—starting with Bailey Brothers #1: The Treasure in Trouble Harbor and ending with Bailey Brothers #58: Spacejacked!—all written by the same author, MacArthur Bart.

MacArthur Bart, a.k.a. America’s Mystery King, a.k.a. Steve’s hero, had also written the book Steve loved above all others: The Bailey Brothers’ Detective Handbook. The handbook was packed with Real Crime-Solving Tips—stuff like How to Make a Plaster Cast of a Scoundrel’s Shoe Print, and Surefire Methods for Defusing Some Kinds of Time Bombs. Basically all the high-level supersleuth stuff.

Steve had the handbook pretty much memorized, but he still carried it around with him wherever he went. In fact Steve had all the plots to the Bailey Brothers Mysteries memorized, but he still liked reading the books second and third times. Plus it was research, since a few weeks ago Steve had officially opened his own business, the Brixton Brothers Detective Agency. Steve didn’t have a brother, or even a sister, but putting “brothers” in the name of your detective agency was a great way to make it sound totally ace.

Right now Steve didn’t have a case to work on, which was why he was lying on the couch—the living room aglow with the last of the day’s sun—and finishing chapter eighteen of his book. A gang of car thieves had just captured the Bailey Brothers and was holding the boys in a sea-cave hideout:

“You creeps will never get away with this!” dark-haired Shawn Bailey hollered. “Crime doesn’t pay!”

The large lawbreaker with the salt-and-pepper beard looked up from the game of cards. “It doesn’t, eh?” he growled. “Then hows come we’ve got enough tourin’ cars and roadsters stashed away in the old barn to make a fortune?”

Shawn and Kevin exchanged a knowing glance. Now they knew where the lawbreakers were stowing the stolen cars! If only they could get free and notify the police. Behind their backs the brothers redoubled their efforts to undo the knots that bound their hands.

“Gin!” shouted the tattooed crook, slapping his cards on the table. “I win again!”

The bearded hood turned to his fellow criminal and frowned. “Go sit on a stalactite, Charlie.”

“I think you mean stalagmite,” interrupted Kevin, who had taken honors in geology. “Stalactites grow from the roof, and stalagmites grow from the ground.”

“An easy way to remember,” Shawn chimed in, “is that the c in ‘stalactite’ stands for ‘ceiling,’ and the g in ‘stalagmite’ stands for ‘ground.’”

“Enough!” roared the bearded lowlife. “I’m gettin’ tired of all this jabberin’. Charlie, gag this pair of Goody Two-shoes until Smokestacks Samuels gets back and tells us what to do with them.”

The man called Charlie stood up and grinned. Gripping two oily rags in his tattooed hand, he limped over to the corner of the cavern where Shawn and Kevin were kept. “This ought to muffle youse two.” He sauntered up to Shawn first and reached for the boy’s face.

Just then, Shawn untied the last knot and freed his hands. Quickly, he brought his fist around in a powerful haymaker punch to Charlie’s solar plexus! The goon collapsed on the limestone floor.

“You kayoed him, Shawn!” whooped Kevin. “Coach Biltmore would be proud!”

Shawn grinned and removed the knife from Charlie’s belt. He hurried over to his brother, making sure to hold the knife with its blade pointing down while he ran, and quickly sawed through Kevin’s bonds.

Meanwhile the big bearded baddie was lumbering toward them, holding a blackjack in his left hand. “It’s gonna be fun whackin’ you two over the head,” he snarled.

“One, two, three!” counted Kevin, and at once the two brothers bum-rushed their opponent. The large man flew back against the cavern wall and slumped to the floor, unconscious. “Jumping junipers!” Kevin exclaimed, brushing his blond hair aside. “We sure took care of those two!”

“You bet we did,” his younger brother replied. “Now what do you say we tie them up and hide out in this cave? I’ll bet you dollars to doorknobs Smokestacks Samuels will be back any minute.”

“We can surprise him!” Shawn agreed. “Then we’ll learn his real identity!”

“I can’t wait to find out who the ringleader of the Viper Gang really is,” Kevin remarked.

Suddenly a silhouette appeared on the rocky outcrop near the roof of the cavern. A high, clear voice rang out in the darkness. “You boys will never make it out of here alive. Nobody messes with Smokestacks Samuels!”

Just then, a high, clear voice rang out in the Brixton household. Steve froze.

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The Ghostwriter Secret (Brixton Brothers Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
nubetube765 More than 1 year ago
this is a very adventurous book and if you like adventurous and mystery books than this is a great book for you. If you read the first one first than this one will be more understandable. it is called Brixton Brothers The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity
Lupe Moala More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series read em all cant wait for the nextone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book my heart thumping and my blood rushing from all the excitement. This book shows what true friends are and what it means to be a detective. This book's best part would have to be when steve and dana jump out of the hotel and into the pool while dodging bullets. This book kept even me into a state where i cant put this book down for even a second. But affter all this book isnt perfect i mean seriusly this book still went down but then up but then down again. From angel P.s check out all of my reviews
James Collins More than 1 year ago
Adding to the seconed review it is FUNNY get it I hope you saw that becase I put it in capitl now remember that so what are you waiting for get it!!!!!!!!
Nicole Occidental More than 1 year ago
You Got To Read This Book!
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Steve is investigating a diamond heist but the case suddenly changes when the author of the Bailey Brothers detective novels writes him a letter to say that he fears for his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ecxiting stories with good endings
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Really good book
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I read it at the biggining i didnt get it but bam i got sucked into the story
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