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The Black Heart Crypt: A Haunted Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Chris Grabenstein
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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library comes a series of spine-tingling mysteries to keep you up long after the lights go out.

Halloween is nearing, the one day of the year when the ghostly plane is close enough to the human plane to allow mischief and mayhem. But the ghosts who have their eye on Zack aren't thinking mischief, they are thinking murder.

In this fourth volume of Chris Grabenstein's popular Haunted Mysteries series, Zack must once again do battle with malevolent spirits. And with his usual pluck, and the assistance of three dotty aunts, he must save his town from a 200-year-old threat.

Once again Chris Grabenstein proves his mastery of the frightening and funny tale. Young readers, especially reluctant ones, have found an inspiration to read in Grabenstein's quirky characters and deadly situations.

From the Hardcover edition.

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About the Author

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the Agatha and Anthony award—winning author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, The Crossroads, and The Hanging Hill as well as several adult thrillers. He used to write TV and radio commercials and has written for The Muppets.

Chris was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, when he was ten. After college, he moved to New York City to become an actor and writer. For five years, he did improvisational comedy with some of  the city's funniest performers, including this one guy named Bruce Willis.

Currently, Chris and his wife JJ live in New York City with three cats and a dog named Fred who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred) at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 037586900X
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WMNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong series to be enjoyed by both boys and girls February 3, 2012
Zack, the boy who reluctantly communicates with ghosts, is back for his fourth adventure in this humorous yet page-turning series by award-winning author Chris Grabenstein. Zack is not looking forward to Halloween --- with good reason.

Everyone knows that the veil between the dead and the living is very thin on that day, and he's well aware he'll be seeing a lot of ghosts. But he doesn't realize that the 12 notorious Icklebys buried in the local cemetery have a grudge against his family. And they are ready to find him to settle the score.

In THE SMOKY CORRIDOR, Zack learned that his father used to have his unusual gift when he was younger, too. He knows that the gift disappeared when his father was 13, after his aunts took him to a local herbology store for a certain milkshake. Zack's father has invited the three aunts to pay them a visit. He doesn't mind seeing them; it's the visiting ghosts who are becoming upsetting, including the one of his deceased mother, who was not kind to him while he was alive. He is also seeing his Grandpa Jim, who is warning him of danger coming.

Zack and his friends realize that ghosts are different on Halloween, as the first Ickleby is able to physically attack him in the hardware store. Usually ghosts just pass through people, but this one can strike out and damage entire aisles of the store. Zack asks his mysterious great aunts for help, and sees them freeze and disperse the ghost. They vow to take down the entire Ickleby family of ghosts, many of whom were murderers and thieves in life.

The last time the three sisters tangled with the Icklebys, they trapped them in a heart puzzle and sealed them in a crypt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Halloween Mystery October 24, 2011
Halloween is approaching, and the most sinister residents buried at Haddam Hill Cemetery are stirring with excitement.

The Icklebys were notorious for producing generations of the worst kinds of criminals when they were alive, and now they are on the verge of being able to commit the most horrific crimes ever. The only person who will be able to stop them is Zack. Even newly armed with his three great aunts' witch powers and his two best friends, Malik and Azalea, Zack is facing an increasingly difficult task because the only way to exterminate the evil spirits is out of his reach. Will Zack be able to save more innocent lives from the villians' killing sprees and most importantly, his own life?

In this fourth installment of the Haunted Mystery series, Chris Grabenstein once again delighted his fans with unforgettable characters, twisted plots and unconventional humor. The highly imaginative world of ghosts with its many rules and regulations are always fun for the readers to discover and be amazed by, and Grabenstein's ability to implement the rules to achieve unpredictable outcomes has made the book especially enjoyable. Just as the previous three books, "The Black Heart Crypt" is a page-turner, a must-read for those who love ghosts, mystery and action-packed adventure stories. And what sets this book apart from the others in the series is that, it will become a modern Halloween classic like "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book June 16, 2014
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Well-written, suspenseful, fast-paced. Great read for middle graders or those who love a good, creepy read. Looking forward to more in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars September 14, 2014
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nice book
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More About the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times Bestseller and 2014 ALSC Notable Book Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, recently optioned by Nickelodeon to become a movie. Chis is also the co-author with James Patterson of the #1 Bestsellers I Funny, I Even Funnier, and Treasure Hunters. He is the critically acclaimed author of over twenty other books, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of two Anthony and four Agatha Awards, Chris wrote for Jim Henson's Muppets and co-wrote the CBS-TV movie The Christmas Gift starring John Denver.

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