This cozy mystery series from authors Christy Barritt and Kathy Applebee follows schoolgirl Gabby St. Claire, in her years before her later exploits in the popular Squeaky Clean Mystery series. It's a middle-school series that makes for an enjoyable read for all ages... and the first book (The Curtain Call Caper) is free today!

The Curtain Call Caper (The Gabby St. Claire Diaries Book 1), by Christy Barritt and Kathy Applebee
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215 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 11 reviews

"I've read the series connected with this: The Squeaky Clean mysteries. Though this is for younger readers (and I'm an adult), I loved seeing how Gabby grew up and how she met Mr. Harold (from Hazardous Duty) and what her parents were like. I heard there's going to be more books in this series, and I can't wait. I recommend the series to Squeaky Clean readers, and to younger readers who want to dive into a cozy, middle school mystery. The questions at the end, as well as the dictionary/diary entries were great!" -- Amazon reviewer
Is a ghost haunting the Oceanside Middle School auditorium? What else could explain the disasters surrounding the school play-everything from missing scripts to a falling spotlight and damaged props?

All seventh grader Gabby St. Claire has dreamed about is being a part of her school's musical. But a series of unfortunate events threatens to shut down the whole production. While trying to track down the culprit and save her fifteen minutes of fame, she also has to manage impossible teachers, cliques, her dysfunctional family, and a secret she can't even tell her best friend.

Will Gabby figure out who or what is sabotaging the show . . . or will it be curtains for her and the rest of the cast?

Perfect reading for middle grade readers. Grade: 5th and up. Age: 10 and up.

The Gabby St. Claire Diaries follows the life of a young Gabby St. Claire, as featured in the Squeaky Clean Mystery series.

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Meet the Author

USA Today has called Christy Barritt's books "scary, funny, passionate, and quirky." Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith.

Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times' Reviewers' Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year.

She's married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she's hilarious--but only when she's not trying to be. Christy's a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who's known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. When she's not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.

Christy is most well-known for her Love Inspired Suspense novels, as well as her Squeaky Clean Mystery series. She currently has 23 books published. For more information, visit her website at:

Kathy Applebee is an author, playwright and Virginia's 2011 Middle School Teacher of the Year. After three degrees and careers in several industries, she still hasn't firmly decided what she wants to be when she grows up.

When she isn't writing or teaching she can be found on stage, in a pool or at church in Virginia Beach, VA. (Do not believe the unconfirmed reports of her husband Michael that she gets lost on Planet Kathy for hours at a time.)

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