I’ve pretty purposefully chosen not to do BSC books on this site for the sake of time and because there are already several good sites out there for it. But, I managed to get this one for 99 cents at a used book store. And you know what? I want my money back.
So I never read the mysteries when I was into the BSC, and now I know why. I never cared about the mysteries, I was more interested in the boys, the ballet dancing, and the diabetes. But this…was the most horrendous piece of literature I have ever read. Wtf? I know at this point Anne M.’s ghostwriters were pooping out BSC books like crazy but seriously, was she still okay with putting her name on this?
I could probably make a better cover using Windows paint. And the caption “It’s a mystery with nine lives.” What does that even meeeeeeaaan? So the plot, I guess, is that there is an old house in Kristy’s neighborhood that is burglarized by the titular cat burglar, who draws a cat on the mailbox at every crime scene as his “calling card”. Kristy and her frenemy Cary Reitlin are there at the time and investigate more. The house belongs to Reinhard Golem, some pervy old guy who invites the kids in and actually calls Kristy several times later to ask her to help solve the mystery. What is that about? Krsity also brags that she and the club are really good at solving crimes around the neighborhood so the old guy who owns the house that was burlgarized enlists them in helping them solve the mystery. I know…so stupid.Turns out he was the one planning the whole thing and also tried to use the kids to try and frame a local police officer. He also holds the kids hostage for a bit. It actually turns out that Kristy and company actually made the situation WORSE by being involved, but they still get a fucking key to the city of Stoneybrook for helping out.
This didn’t even read like a BSC book, the emotions were so detached and the story was stupid. I have to go back and read Logan Likes Mary Anne to rekindle my BSC luv. We get all the secriptions of the club at the beginning, but they are BARELY in it, so what’s the point? Also, along with their useless BSC notebook, they also have a mystery notebook where they keep track of clues of all the mysteries they are working on. I KNOW! SO FUCKING STOOOPID!
Oh, Ranheim calls Kristy at home to chat about the clues. Can her parents please monitor their phone calls? Or are they too busy rolling around in Watson’s millions and adopting Vietnamese babies?
They work with Seargant Johnson who they know well and is their friend. That is so inappropriate. I don’t care how good someone is with kids, when an adult is friends with a kid they are not related to, it’s just WEIRD and INAPPROPRIATE. In fact, when he thinks he is being framed, he shows up at Kristy’s house to ask for help. If you need a thirteen year old’s help with this, he should NOT be carrying a gun or a badge.
Also, Andrew, Kristy’s little stepbrother, now lives with his mother. What happened there?
Of course, there are the obligatory chapters on their babysitting exploits. Charlotte Johannsen decides to go all Harriet the Spy and spy on the people in her neighborhood. And her sitters not only let her, but go with her! Even after acknowledging that in Harriet the whole thing blows up in her face! So I don’t have to tell you what happens…that Charotte’s friends get mad at her for spying on them.
I never read the ones where Abby showed up, but I gotta tell ya, she doesn’t seem all that bright. And kind of annoying.
Viva la original BSC!
Seriously, the mysteries SUCK.