The Great Ghost Hoax (The Great Pet Heist #2)Featured
Mrs. Third Floor’s rental unit is showing signs of paranormal activity—eerie noises, objects moving when no one is there, fish disappearing from the tank overnight. The pets decide to investigate. Soon they’re confronted with a bigger problem than just ghosts: professional ghost hunters who are offering to drive out the spirits for a hefty fee. It’s up to Butterbean and the rest of the gang to save Mrs. Third Floor from losing her life savings to scammers, all while dealing with some really annoying new animals. Can the furry friends uncover the truth in time?
The adults are a bit clueless, and don't seem to know half of what goes on in the apartment right under their noses. To be fair, there is a lot going on. The pets were a bit hard to keep straight at first, since it's been a while since I read the first book, but it's easy to catch up. The delightful illustrations by David Mottram help to clarify these characters.
None of the apartment buildings I've lived in were hotbeds of mystery and intrigue, but I lived in them when I was an adult. For children, there is a lot of scope for the imagination and a lot of people with whom to easily interact. This would explain why books such as Marks's A Soft Place to Land, White's Nightbooks, Papademetriou's Apartment 1986, Ford's The Mysterious Messenger, Markell's The Ghost in Apartment 2R, Markell's Click Here to Start and Stead's classic Liar and Spy have so much mystery. The addition of animals makes this great for younger readers who like to think about pets having rich intellectual lives.