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Chapter OneA Ghost In The Attic?"Thump, thump, thump," Patty O'Leary whispered in a spooky voice. "The footsteps crept slowly up the stairs."My heart started pounding. I held my breath.My twin sister, Ashley, and I were up in the attic of our California house with a bunch of friends. Clue, our brown-and-white basset hound, lay at my feet.Ashley and I are detectives. We run the Olsen and Olsen Mystery Agency-the attic is our office. But we weren't solving a mystery right then. It was the day before Halloween, and we were telling ghost stories."Thump, thump, thump!" Patty's voice grew louder. "The footsteps came closer...and closer...and closer!"My heart pounded harder. I shivered.Ashley nudged my arm. "It's only a story, Mary-Kate. You know, no one has ever proved that ghosts really exist."That's Ashley -- totally logical. She and I look alike, with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. But we're really very different. Ashley always thinks things through. I like to follow my feelings. Right then I was feeling "scared!I didn't want to admit it, though. "I know it's just a story," I said. "But a ghost story is no fun if you don't let yourself get scared.""Mary-Kate's right," Samantha Samuels said."Yeah" Zach Jones agreed.Jeremy Burns nodded. "Keep going, Patty.""I can't just start again in the middle," Patty complained. "I hate being interrupted. You ruined the story, Ashley."Ashley and I looked at each other and rolled our eyes. Patty is so spoiled, we sometimes call her "Princess Patty.""Oh, come on, Patty. You can do it," Tim Park told Patty.Patty stared at the ceiling a second. Then she cleared her throat. "Whoo...whoo! Eerie wails echoed down the hall of the old Bennett house."I triednot to shiver. Maybe Ashley is right and there aren't any ghosts. But the Bennett house is real -- and really spooky. It's a huge, deserted house three blocks from where Ashley and I live. Sometimes you can hear a weird wailing sound coming from it. Just like in Patty's story Ashley says it's only the wind in the chimney. I'm not so sure."Ellen Bennett sat straight up in bed," Patty continued. "She called out for her parents. But there was no answer!""She went downstairs to look for her mom and dad. She checked the living room, the dining hall, the library...no parents.""Suddenly she heard the footsteps again. Right behind her," Patty whispered. "She spun around and saw...nothing! But the footsteps kept coming closer...and closer!"I twisted my fingers together. Patty might be a pain, but she sure was good at telling ghost stories."Ellen screamed," Patty continued. "She ran back up to her room and slammed the door. Then she heard footsteps on the stairs -- closer...and closer. And then...a knock came at her bedroom door!""Bam, Bam, BAM! A knock came at the attic door!Samantha screamed. Tim yelped. I jumped out of my chair.Clue leaped to her feet and barked.Ashley giggled. "That must be the ghost," she teased. "I'll get it."My heart pounded like crazy as Ashley walked to the door. She pulled it open.We all stared -- and saw..."Russell Finney!" Patty yelled at our six-year-old neighbor. "You sneak! Why did you try to scare us like that?""I didn't!" Russell protested as Clue sniffed his sneakers."Well, what do you want?" Patty demanded.Russell looked at Ashley and me. "I need your help, Mary-Kate and Ashley. I have a mystery for you to solve!"
Boo! It's Halloween, and Mary-Kate & Ashley have been called in to investigate a case of stolen Popsicle sticks. After following up on a few cold leads, they discover a trail leading right to a haunted house. Are the twins really brave enough to solve this spooky crime? And what about that ghost guarding the clues--is he a trick? Or a treat?
"Mary-Kate and Ashley -- I dare you to go into the haunted house!" It was Halloween, and our friend Patty was trying to scare us. Ashley and I didn't believe in ghosts, so we took Patty's dare. But when we went into the haunted house -- we saw a ghost with our very own eyes!
There was no time to investigate. We had another mystery on our hands. A case of robbery -- where all the suspects were our friends!
But then the clues in our new case led us right back to the haunted house! Were our two mysteries turning into one?
About the Author
Mary-Kate and Ashley have been celebrities since the day when, at the age of nine months, they joined the cast of the hit sitcom "Full House" in their shared role as Michelle. Each of Mary-Kate and Ashley's 14 years since has witnessed the outstanding expansion of their popularity...their fans have literally grown up alongside the twins! First in television and feature films, Mary-Kate and Ashley now appear in videos, music, interactive software, fashion dolls and accessories, and more. Their latest ventures include launching their official website and debuting a line of licensed fashion clothing, as well as their very own magazine in spring 2001.
Mary-Kate & Ashley books launched in 1990, and today the various book series continue to grow to reflect the ever-evolving lifestyles of kids, 'tweens, and teens. HarperEntertainment and Parachute Publishing release twenty-five books a year and have sold more than 30 million copies. Mary-Kate and Ashley's two book series Two of a Kind and The New Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley are frequent USA Today bestsellers. And Mary-Kate & Ashleynovelties, such as Wall Calendars, a Mood Diary, a Be My Valentinecard-making kit, and the movie tie-in series, Starring-In continue to be hugely popular.
The growth of the Mary-Kate & Ashley brand has afforded Parachute and Harper the opportunity to work with companies such as Acclaim Entertainment, Mattel Inc., Warner Home Video, Kid Rhino, Lightyear Entertainment, Sail with the Stars on cross-promotional and cross-merchandise projects, including a very special, book-dedicated area on mary-kateandashley.com -- Now Read This!