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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark?

by (author) Linda Bailey

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jul 1999
Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 1999
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2003
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6


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.

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, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Tiny Torgi Literary Award, CNIB Library for the Blind
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime, Crime Writers of Canada

Editorial 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

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

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