Seventh-grader Steve Brixton is obsessed with the Bailey Brothers, a pair of sibling sleuths who solve crimes in a mystery book series. Steve read all fifty-eight Bailey Brothers mysteries, sent away cereal box tops to get his Bailey Brothers Detective's License, and studies The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook. And by using the tactics of his fictional heroes (with varying degrees of success), Steve inadvertently becomes America's top sleuth.
This complete collection of Brixton Brothers adventures includes: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, The Ghostwriter Secret, It Happened on a Train, and Danger Goes Berserk.
Like the three earlier volumes of the Brixton Brothers series, this chapter book takes the adventure and plotting
of an old-school (think Hardy Boys) series mystery and overlays it with deadpan, offbeat humor. The
occasional full-page drawings help define the characters, settings, and tone of the story. Wildly improbable
and reliably entertaining.-- "Booklist"
Barnett's sly and often silly Hardy Boy parody chugs along with plenty of laughs and enough honest-to-gosh mystery to please any lover of boy detective fiction. Rex's black-and-white pencils (which also parody the Hardy tales) are still a fine match for the goofiness. Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
An amusing addition to the Brixton Brothers series.-- "Booklist"
Barnett's second Brixton Brothers mystery continues the whimsically sardonic adventures of everyone's soon-to-be-favorite clueless-yet-earnest boy detective-wannabe. Shot through with moments of goofiness and dotted with Rex's black-and-white illustrations, this is sure to please existing fans and win new ones.-- "Kirkus"
Barnett has written a fun, adventure-filled book. This is a great choice for slow or reluctant readers.-- "SLJ"
In this hilarious takeoff on 'Hardy Boys'-style mysteries, a young wannabee sleuth gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself pitched into a wild round of stunning revelations - about books, espionage, and librarians. Rex's deadpan illustrations perfectly complement one of the funniest and most promising series openers in years.-- "SLJ"
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