The Red Blazer Girls: The Secret Cellar
By: Michael D. Beil
...When Sophie finds a secret message in the antique fountain pen she bought for her father, the girls are on a case. Soon, they're at the home of the pen's original owner, a secretive man who kept to himself. His house is full of puzzles, all of which protect a hidden treasure, and the Blazers will do anything to get to the bottom of things. Throw in an ill-tempered bookstore owner with a motive, a missing will, a walking stick that doubles as a key, a school Christmas play, and a rat named Humphrey, and it all adds up to another thrilling adventure for the Red Blazer Girls. --bn.com
Mystery readers- you will enjoy this one! It's the latest installment in The Red Blazer Girls series. Sophie is searching for a Christmas gift for her Dad. While browsing in an antique shop, she finds the perfect gift: an antique fountain pen. After winning the pen at an auction, she takes it apart to clean it when she makes a discovery: a rolled up paper. Not just any old piece of paper, but a short poem with 12 rectangular holes underneath. Sophie knows what it is, you find the right page of a book and place the paper on it. Through the holes, a message will b e revealed. This starts the girls on their latest adventure.
Not knowing this book was part of a series when I started it, I quickly figured this out. Having read the previous books will be a big advantage since numerous references are made to them. Still, this was a fun adventure to go on.