This fabulous mystery will have teens laughing and racing to get to the last page. Matt Stevens is a seventh grade private eye with no shortage of incidents to investigate at Franklin Middle School. When the school's star prankster, Nicole "Nikki Fingers" Finnegan, is foiled by her own prank of squirting people with cat pee, the school is in shock. Matt is hired by Vincent "Vinny Biggs" Biggio to track down the culprit responsible for putting Nikki on "The Outs." The suspects are endless because everyone has a reason to hate Nikki; however, Matt finds himself hitting dead ends and wonders if he is being used. Readers will enjoy this funny mystery, written in the spirit of classic noir detective novels of the 1930s and 1940s. Everyone has a catchy nickname, and the witty banter is endless. The editor of the school newspaper is Matt's go-to person for leads. Readers will love Matt, a hard-working teen with a good heart who wants more than anything to make some extra money to help out his mom. His father disappeared mysteriously when he was five, leaving only a puzzling code as a clue, adding a dark element to the story that leads to an exciting conclusion. Some elements of the plot are unbelievable. Despite these-a lack of adult involvement and the complete trust that Matt's mother places in him-it is a great whodunit that mystery lovers are sure to consume. Some mild profanity might make it inappropriate for sixth graders.