The Stevie Diamond mysteries were the first novels I ever wrote.
Stevie was a 12-year-old girl detective, living in Vancouver — smart,
fearless, funny and not exactly Nancy Drew. In addition to their
North American publication with Kids Can Press, these books were
also published in Australia, U.K., Greece, France, Poland, Latvia
and Slovakia. They are still very dear to my heart.
Alas, they are no longer in
print. But good news for loyal fans of this series (thank you for
writing!), they will be available again soon through Kids Can Press
on a print-on-demand basis. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime,
to jog your memory . . .
How Come the Best Clues
Are Always in the Garbage?
When $1,000 belonging to the environmental group,
Garbage Busters, is stolen from the Diamonds' kitchen table, the
police are unable to help. In her very first case, Stevie follows
the clues to a fast food restaurant, her neighbours' houses . .
. and a truly disgusting dumpster.
Surrey Book of the Year, 1993
Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, 1996
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1998
"Young mystery fans will welcome her fast-paced
premier while awaiting more of what could become a popular series." School
"The plot moves fast with great dialogue, comic
timing, odd clues and hilarious situations." Canadian
How Can I Be a Detective If I Have to Baby-sit?
Stevie and Jesse are visiting a wilderness
tree-planting camp when they learn of a notorious smuggler hiding
in their midst. But how can they catch a crook when they've been
saddled with an annoying five-year-old named Alexander?
Library Association Notable Book, 1993
Arthur Ellis (Crime Writers of Canada) Award, 1994
Ruth Schwartz Children's Literature Award, 1994
Ontario Silver Birch Award, 1994/1995
"Middle-school mystery fans will enjoy
Bailey's entertaining story: clues are nicely placed, the plot unfolds
at brisk pace, and Stevie is an engaging heroine who botches things
up believably." Booklist
"Although we get to know Stevie best, all the
characters are well drawn, and while the story is humorous, underlying
issues, such as making assumptions about people are explored."
Canadian Book Review, Children's Literature
Who's Got Gertie and How Can We Get Her Back?
It's summer vacation, and Stevie's and Jesse's
parents have come up with a horrible idea Happy Rabbits summer
daycamp. There's no way the kids are signing up, especially when
their elderly neighbour, Gertie Wiggins, has gone missing under
circumstances that need investigation.
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year, 1994
Arthur Ellis (Crime Writers of Canada) Award, 1995
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice, 1997
Moose Jaw & District Young Readers' Choice, 1998
"This is the stuff of 'middle-grade-mayhem'
books with a mystery as glue and icing. And Bailey pulls it off.
The whole thing moves right along, accelerating toward the nick-of-time
climax." Quill & Quire
"As usual, Bailey's novel is full of adventure
and fun and two of the most natural leading characters in print."
Winnipeg Free Press
|How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail?
Stevie and Jesse are visiting Winnipeg in December
when Jesse's teenaged uncle, Misha, is accused of stealing valuable
carnivorous plants. Stevie is happy to help, but with sub-zero temperatures,
prairie blizzards and a squeamish partner, it won't be easy.
Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada), 1996
"It's loaded with snappy dialogue, humorous
plot twists, and oddball characters, and the carnivorous plant plot
is refreshingly offbeat." Horn Book
"There are enough subtle clues, red herrings,
weird characters and tense moments to please mystery fans, but the
stories are also permeated with a rich sense of humour which broadens
the series' appeal." Resource
What's a Daring Detective Like Me Doing in the
When Stevie gets a job in a dog daycare, she's
shocked to discover a filthy little stray among the regular dogs.
Who is this mutt, and what is its connection to a mysterious criminal
called the Prankster?
B.C. Red Cedar Award, 2000
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2000
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1999
Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada), 1997
"Bailey has written
another lively story that will keep readers involved to the very
end." School Library Journal
"This is a likeable
pair. How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail? delivers
a mystery wrapped in frozen good humour." Quill
will be hot on the trail of the most popular kid detective in Canada."
|How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark?
A family reunion with Stevie's dreary relatives
is perked up by the arrival of the mysterious Uncle Archie, missing
for 45 years. Stevie and Jesse cope with bad food and obnoxious cousins
as they try to get to the bottom of a very old mystery.
Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada), 1999
Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, 2000
TORGI Award (CNIB Talking Book of the Year), 2000
B.C. Red Cedar Award, 2002
"Wonderful descriptive writing, and the
book is also humorous, with numerous funny bits and witticisms on
Stevie's part and some good old-fashioned slapstick." Canadian
Book Review Annual
"It takes you off the edge of the couch! I didn't
like it when it ended because it was SUCH a good story." cbc4kids.com
What's a Serious Detective Like Me Doing in
Such a Silly Movie?
Stevie is serious about being discovered as
a movie star - enough to get herself and Jesse onto a film set as
extras. But acting soon gives way to detecting as a series of suspicious
accidents threaten to shut down the whole production.
Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, 2004
"When Stevie gets
to be an extra in a film, she stumbles onto a mystery filled with
lights, cameras - and lots of action! An exciting new book in the
award-winning series." Vancouver
"Once again;, readers
are treated to Stevie's wise-guy perspective and a fast and funny
story." School Library Journal