Alex Parakeet's dad is about to get his big break: a guest spot on an EAT Network cooking show. Host Zooey Bonjour is coming to Alex's hometown to broadcast live from the football stadium before the big game, and Dad's going to be on TV making his grandma's "million-dollar pumpkin pie." There's just one slight problem. The recipe is missing! And the only clue is a couple of blue paw prints. Who would steal a pumpkin pie recipe anyway? Is it possible somebody doesn't want Dad to make it big? With only a week before the show, Alex takes the case – with help from best friend, Yasmeen, worst enemy Sofie Sikora, and ace-detective cat, Luau. Before they're done, they'll have to break into a hotel room, babysit the worst kid ever, and eat way too much pumpkin pie, all in hopes of solving the Chickadee Court kids' funniest – and yummiest – mystery yet.
Tween sleuths and best friends Alex and Yasmeen have sworn off solving mysteries, but when Alex's baseball coach – dressed in his Uncle Sam get-up – disappears into a porta-potty on Memorial Day, no one else can figure out what happened. There are clues, but they don't add up. Worse yet, the best ones seem to be hiding in bags of month-old trash! Do Alex and Yasmeen have the smarts – not to mention the stomach – to find the kidnapper? And will Alex's baseball team ever win a game?
The last thing Alex wants to do right before Halloween is get involved with another mystery, but when cats start disappearing, his best friend Yasmeen and his own cat Luau are both keen to know whodunit. Why is the missing-cat flyer posted in a graveyard anyway? And is it true the ghost haunting the new health-food store downtown has it in for cats? Before trick-or-treat is even over, Alex and Yasmeen will find themselves teaming up with the annoying (but brilliant) Sofie Sikora, Luau will be going undercover, and a whole new mystery – this one more than 100 years old – will demand investigation.
Alex Parakeet loves winter vacation. You never have to put on shoes. You hardly have to move from the TV room. Nobody bugs you go to outside and exercise. Anyone in his right mind knows it's too cold. But when decorations from the neighborhood Twelve Days of Christmas display disappear, Alex is dragged into the investigation by his best friend Yasmeen, and his very own cat, Luau. Who would want a goose, a partridge and a calling bird anyway? And what do the thefts have to do with a toy store burglary downtown? One thing's for sure, Alex's winter break is not going to go the way he planned it.