Author(s): Pauline Hosking; Kat Chadwick (Illustrator)
A haunted theatre?A smashed-up grave?Twelve year old sleuth Cinnamon is ready to solve these spooky mysteries.Or is she? This is Cinnamon¿s second case. Her first was Cinnamon Stevens ¿ Crime Buster. Both are set in real locations near Melbourne, Australia. The books are Cinnamon¿s diaries, full of pictures, cartoons and footnotes. While the main plot of Ghost Light follows Cinnamon¿s investigation, subplots deal with bullying and the nature of friendship. The book is aimed at readers 9+. . . . .Cosette, one of Cinnamon¿s best friends, sees a ghost at the Ambassador Theatre when she is auditioning for a part in the play Macbeth. The rather shady Collins family have rebuilt the historic theatre at great expense. When Cinnamon¿s class has an excursion to the old gold-mining town of Walhalla, trouble-maker Showy Daniels dares Cinnamon to visit the out-of-bounds cemetery at night. The graveyard is eerie and dangerous. Showy has an `accident¿ and ends up unconscious, with a nasty wound to the back of his head. Showy¿s mates believe Cinnamon¿s friend, Meera, was responsible for the injury. Meera becomes the target for some nasty bullying. Cinnamon must clear Meera¿s name and find out exactly what happened to Showy. Unlike the teachers and her parents she doesn¿t believe he had an accident. Her investigation is complicated by the fact that Showy likes (as in LIKES) her. She discovers that the theatre and graveyard have links to the famous nineteenth century actress Adelaide Glendenning. Adelaide built the original Ambassador Theatre, plus she was born and is buried in Walhalla. In fact Showy was discovered unconscious on Adelaide¿s vandalised grave! After much sleuthing, Cinnamon and her friends discover that the haunted theatre is a publicity stunt organised by the Collins family to boost ticket sales. Elliot Collins, the twenty-something son, is also responsible for Showy¿s injury and damaging the grave. He believed that Adelaide¿s epitaph meant there was golden treasure buried with Adelaide which would have solved his parents¿ financial problems.