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Mary Anne and the Haunted Bookstore is the 34th book in The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery series.

Back Cover Summary[]

Mary Anne just got a job in a mystery bookstore! Unfortunately, the mysteries in the books aren't the only ones there. A throbbing heartbeat sounds throughout the building. A black cat is walled up in a room. The word nevermore comes to light on a shelf. A screeching raven appears out of nowhere.

Mary Anne loves reading spooky stories. But can she handle living in one?


Characters in this book[]

Mary Anne's Family

BSC Members



  • Alex Gable - his father sold the Benson Dalton House
  • Alan Gray


Places in this book[]

  • Mary Anne and Dawn's House
  • Benson Dalton Gable House turned into Poe and Co.
  • Kishi House
  • Unnamed Movie Theater
  • Pizza Express
  • Brewer/Thomas House
  • Unnamed pet store

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Edgar Allan Poe and his stories
  • The Westing Game, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, View from the Cherry Tree (books)
  • Star Wars

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Mary Anne says that Richard is an attorney when he's a partner in a law firm.


  • The Author's note at the end of the book states, "Although Edgar Allan Poe was a real person, Benson Dalton Gable and his dealings with Poe are fictional."
  • A professor from Stoneybrook University said that Edgar Allen Poe once visited Stoneybrook.
  • Everyone in Stoneybrook called the store, the Gable House, because of who is used to belong to.
  • Professor Kingsolver visited Mary Anne's English class sometime prior to this book.
  • Byron is in a different class from his brothers.
  • Karen and Andrew are living with their mother in this book.
  • Stacey can pass for a high school student when Alex Gable thought she went to SHS.
  • The rainy day festival is set in Brewer/Thomas garage rather then in the barn.
  • Janine only focuses on math and science courses when she's at Stoneybrook University and doesn't know any of the English teachers.
  • The Pike boys have a detective kit with a fingerprint identifier from their spy phase.
Mystery Books
#1 Stacey and the Missing Ring | #2 Beware, Dawn! | #3 Mallory and the Ghost Cat | #4 Kristy and the Missing Child | #5 Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic | #6 The Mystery at Claudia's House | #7 Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs | #8 Jessi and the Jewel Thieves | #9 Kristy and the Haunted Mansion | #10 Stacey and the Mystery Money | #11 Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum | #12 Dawn and the Surfer Ghost | #13 Mary Anne and the Library Mystery | #14 Stacey and the Mystery at the Mall | #15 Kristy and the Vampires | #16 Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph | #17 Dawn and the Halloween Mystery | #18 Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House | #19 Kristy and the Missing Fortune | #20 Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery | #21 Claudia and the Recipe for Danger | #22 Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade | #23 Abby and the Secret Society | #24 Mary Anne and the Silent Witness | #25 Kristy and the Middle School Vandal | #26 Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter | #27 Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost | #28 Abby and the Mystery Baby | #29 Stacey and the Fashion Victim | #30 Kristy and the Mystery Train | #31 Mary Anne and the Music Box Secret | #32 Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting | #33 Stacey and the Stolen Hearts | #34 Mary Anne and the Haunted Bookstore | #35 Abby and the Notorious Neighbor | #36 Kristy and the Cat Burglar
Super Mysteries
#1 Baby-sitters' Haunted House | #2 Baby-sitters Beware | #3 Baby-sitters' Fright Night | #4 Baby-sitters' Christmas Chiller
Other Series
Baby-Sitters Club | Super Special | Portrait Collection | Readers' Request | Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever | California Diaries | Baby-Sitters Little Sister | The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class