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OK, this one is actually difficult for me, because I happen to like a lot of the mysteries. Yes, they are unrealistic for the most part, and I am always like, “Why haven’t I ever come upon a mystery in my own life?”, but I find them quite enjoyable. Good job, Ellen Miles. Actually, as I write this, I am looking at the list on wikipedia, trying to decide.

I like Stacey and the Mystery at the Mall, despite its ridiculousness, because it takes place at a MALL and I love malls. I live across the street from an awesome one now, and it’s great. H&M and TopShop all day, every day. Plus a food court. But I digress. I like The Mystery at Claudia’s House, because, spoiler alert, Janine gets a boyfriend! Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade is DEFINITELY the creepiest! I also always had a little crush on Thrash from Dawn and the Surfer Ghost.

I think, though, that it’s a tie between Claudia the Mystery at the Museum and Stacey and the Stolen Hearts. I like Museum because the descriptions of the Stoneybrook Museum make it sound really cool, like if you combined an art museum with the Franklin Institute. Stolen Hearts is very gossipy, which I enjoy. You get to see a lot of the minor SMS characters in that, and I like to have more information about the minor characters. Cary Retlin, too, is a particular favorite of mine.

So yeah, I guess this a cop-out, because I couldn’t really decide. It’s honestly easier for me to talk about which mysteries I DON’T like, but that’s tomorrow.

EDIT: I just realized I skipped Day Four, least favorite regular book! I’ll do THAT one tomorrow. Also, Donica reminded me that Masquerade is the book where Cary moves to Stoneybrook, so I may need to just rethink this whole thing. Deciding which Mystery is your favorite is SERIOUS BUSINESS, guys.

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sarish said, November 18th, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’ve always been a huge fan of the mysteries also and it was hard to choose. I wound up with three (Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade, Mary Anne and the Silent Witness, and Kristy and the Cat Burglar), however having read your favorites I remember how much I really liked Stacey and the Stolen Hearts also. I am a huge fan of minor characters and love when we see them in the books more than just in passing.

greer said, November 18th, 2011 at 9:47 am

@sarish: Yeah, Stolen Hearts really gives you a new perspective on people like Alan Gray and Cokie Mason because we see them as they see themselves, not through the filter of the BSC’s first-character narration.

hobbes12 said, November 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I like Kristy and the Middle School Vandal best. I too love Cary Retlin and I love all the clues he makes up and the obvious Cary-Kristy flirting.

greer said, November 27th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

@hobbes12: i am a Mary Anne/Cary shipper all the way :D

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