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Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House is the eighteenth book in The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery series.

Back Cover Summary[]

While the Johanssens are away, Stacey's in charge of walking their dog, Carrot, and watching their house. At first, it's fun.

But before long, strange things start happening. Carrot behaves oddly, trash appears in the wastebasket Stacey emptied, and appliances she hasn't used feel warm. Soon Stacey's really scared: She is sure someone else is in the house.

Who could it be? And why are they there? Stacey and the BSC are determined to find out — before something really awful happens.

Main Plot[]

Sub Plot[]

Characters in this book[]

Stacey's Family

BSC Members




Places in this book[]

  • McGill House
  • Johanssen House
  • Kishi House
  • Arnold House
  • Kuhn House
  • Pike House
  • Ramsey House

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Monet, Picasso (artists)
  • The Nutcracker
  • The Louvre
  • Sunday comics
  • Swatch
  • Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman (song)

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]




  • This books working title was Stacey and the House-Sitting Mystery [1].
  • Mrs. McGill went to Paris her junior year in college and almost married a chef's son named Jean-Paul, but her mom stopped it.
  • Mrs. McGill speaks French.
  • Nicky Pike has a crush on Marilyn Arnold in this book, however it's only mentioned in one chapter.
  • The Johannsen's have a small house and a red mailbox with a goose painted on it.
  • Carrot's favorite toy is Mister Manny Man.
  • Charlotte's aunt Nell is a wealthy and successful art dealer.
  • Robert plays basketball regularly with a bunch of guys at the town gym. They’re planning to start a league, and they’re also thinking of sponsoring and coaching a league for younger kids.
  • Stacey checks her and Robert's horoscope.
  • Style wise, Carolyn Arnold is like a junior version of Claudia and Stacey.
  • Stoneybrook Day School's debate team had just won a big match against another school giving them one of the best records in the state.
  • The Kuhn family is Jewish.
  • Stacey's favorite watch is a see-through Swatch with a red watchband.
  • This is the first time a BSC party is at the Ramsey's.


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