How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark?

Linda Bailey

Even an experienced detective like Stevie Diamond can miss clues. All her life, a gigantic mystery was right there in her own family and she'd missed it, until now! How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark? is a page-turning mix of mystery and comedy sure to capture the imaginations and tickle the funny bones of young readers everywhere. A Stevie Diamond Mystery.

978-1-55074-750-8 | Jan 9, 2020
List Price: USD $12.99, CAD $12.99
BW 5 1/4 x 8 200 pages
Grades: 3 To 6 / Ages: 8 to 11

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Awards & Reviews

“Ready for some mystery in your life? You could try it Stevie Diamond style. This time, Stevie uncovers a dark family secret while staying with her aunts. But say no more! You'll have to read this yourself. Great for kids 8 and older.”
— The Toronto Star, January 2000
“This is a very entertaining read for both teens and adults. The plot is complex and thought provoking without ever becoming labored or over the top. The characters are extremely well drawn. Stevie and Jesse are perfect foils for each other, and there's the added non-stereotypical attraction that Stevie is the dominant, more adventurous partner. She is brave, intrepid, and also quick thinking and witty, while Jesse is staunch and supportive. The author evokes a strong sense of atmosphere. Suspense builds, and the reader empathizes with Jesse's claustrophobia as we follow the two detectives' progress through the caves. There is some wonderful descriptive writing, and the book is also humorous, with numerous funny bits and witticisms on Stevie's part and some good old-fashioned slapstick. Highly recommended.”
— Canadian Book Review Annual, January 2000
2002 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2000 - Tiny Torgi Literary Award, CNIB Library for the Blind, Short-listed
2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
1999 - Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, Winner

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