Ruby Redfort: Blink and You Die (Ruby Redfort #6)
In the last five books, we've seen Ruby use her talents and Spectrum training to good advantage, and she certainly calls on her reserves in this final volume. Whether it's getting her new bike up and running (and painted) to her satisfaction or drawing on lessons learned to survive in an avalanche, Ruby's determination to solve mysteries and bring evil doers to justice is exemplary.
I've seen reviews that refer to the Ruby Redfort books as sui generis, and it's hard to argue. She's goofier than Alex Rider as well as oddly less British (the books are set in the Pacific Northwest but still seem to be begging to have Mrs. Digby serving tea every other page!), more upbeat than The Series of Unfortunate Events and more reality based than Bridget Wilder. She and Mrs. Digby have cultivated a sort of Batman and Alfred relationship, with Clancy serving as an admirable Robin. The 1970s setting always surprises me a little bit and adds a veneer of James Bond to the series. For avid mystery readers who want a nice, long series, Ruby Redfort and her amusing pop art covers are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, especially if doughnuts are available for snacking.