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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

How Can I Be a Detective If I Have to Baby-Sit?

by (author) Linda Bailey

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1994
Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1994
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1993
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6


Stevie Diamond. Age 12. Female. Private Detective. She and her partner, Jesse, have already cracked their first case. Now the pair is visiting Stevie's father at his tree-planting camp in the Rocky Mountains --- but how can they have a fabulous wilderness holiday when six-year-old Alexander, armed with a loaded squirt-gun, is trailing along? In this Stevie Diamond Mystery, when an international smuggler starts snooping around Alexander's house, baby-sitting suddenly becomes an occupation worthy of the Diamond and Kulniki Detective Agency.

About the author

Linda Bailey a jonglé longtemps avec l'idée d'écrire, mais ce n'est qu'après avoir eu ses deux filles qu'elle a lancé sa carrière d'auteure. Elle a écrit des albums, des romans et aussi des livres informatifs. Linda a beaucoup voyagé dans sa vie et ses livres aussi! Certains sont publiés en Chine, en Corée, en Australie, en Grèce, en Pologne et dans de nombreux autres pays.


Linda Bailey has written more than twenty books for children in a number of different genres, including the best-selling Stanley-the-dog series, Toads on Toast, and most recently, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur (Si jamais tu avais un dinosaure...). Linda has garnered a long list of honours in Canada such as the Ontario Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Linda Bailey's profile page


  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime, Crime Writers of Canada
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Notable Canadian Fiction for Children , Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award

Editorial Reviews

Middle-school mystery fans will enjoy Bailey's entertaining story: clues are nicely place, the plot unfolds at a brisk pace, and Stevie is an engaging heroine who botches things up believably.


As a mystery story, Bailey's is well crafted. She amply establishes a group of plausible suspects and provides Stevie's reading of the situation; the child reader will fall into the same traps as she does. By showing how Stevie thinks, the child reader is also invited to participate.

Quill & Quire

[T]he nimble plot development and integration of the unique setting into the story line make this Canadian import, the second “Stevie Diamond Mystery,” a cut above most detective series for this age group.

School Library Journal

Pre-teen sleuths Stevie and Jesse test their detection skills once again in this fast-paced mystery. When a resolution is reached, it is satisfying and unforced. The real highlight, however, is the characterization. Stevie is realistic and appealing as the spunky, independent heroine. Easy-going Jesse makes a good foil.

CM Magazine

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