In the Dead of Night, from the second phase of the 39 clues series, the story stays true to the fast pacing and puzzling of its predecessors. Amy and Dan charge ahead with their new family responsibilities and their good luck and ability to stay focused on getting a group of family members out of a hostage situation is as implausible as ever. Dan's asthma, whose disappearance in this series has been a pet peeve of mine, as it was practically a character in the first series, finally gets to reemerge for dramatic effect and then just as quickly goes away. The story is improved with the addition of Dan's super smart Guardian friend and his brother, but the pacing is definitely formulaic. However, overall, its a great escapist read shot through with adrenaline and peppers with enough bits of history and factoids to make Mary Pope Osborne proud.