Sammy and her friends are only going up to the “haunted” Bush House to knock on the door as a goof. But when a man dressed in a skeleton costume runs into them as they approach the house, they quickly discover that they’ve stumbled on a crime scene. The owner of the house, the reclusive “Bush Man” has been tied up, and the carpet is on fire. But with nothing apparently missing from the house, Sammy must figure out not only who broke in, but why. Although the first book in this series, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, won an Edgar Award, in this entry Van Draanen hits her stride, and real mystery fans may prefer Skeleton Man, as it provides more mystery and less exposition.