Talk about style! Ashley and I were invited to a cool costume party at the house of a famous mystery writer, Fiona O'Leary. We couldn't wait to hit the ballroom for the big 1920s dance contest.
The whole flap started when Fiona's adored cat disappeared. And everyone thought our dog Clue "dunnit"! Ashley and I were sure our pooch was framed. But we'd have to prove it or Olsen and Olsen could end up Clue-less!
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Mary-Kate and Ashley have been celebrities since the day when, at the age of nine months, they joined the cast of the hit sitcom "Full House" in their shared role as Michelle. Each of Mary-Kate and Ashley's 14 years since has witnessed the outstanding expansion of their popularity...their fans have literally grown up alongside the twins! First in television and feature films, Mary-Kate and Ashley now appear in videos, music, interactive software, fashion dolls and accessories, and more. Their latest ventures include launching their official website and debuting a line of licensed fashion clothing, as well as their very own magazine in spring 2001.
Mary-Kate & Ashley books launched in 1990, and today the various book series continue to grow to reflect the ever-evolving lifestyles of kids, 'tweens, and teens. HarperEntertainment and Parachute Publishing release twenty-five books a year and have sold more than 30 million copies. Mary-Kate and Ashley's two book series Two of a Kind and The New Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley are frequent USA Today bestsellers. And Mary-Kate & Ashleynovelties, such as Wall Calendars, a Mood Diary, a Be My Valentinecard-making kit, and the movie tie-in series, Starring-In continue to be hugely popular.
The growth of the Mary-Kate & Ashley brand has afforded Parachute and Harper the opportunity to work with companies such as Acclaim Entertainment, Mattel Inc., Warner Home Video, Kid Rhino, Lightyear Entertainment, Sail with the Stars on cross-promotional and cross-merchandise projects, including a very special, book-dedicated area on mary-kateandashley.com Now Read This!
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The Cat's Meow
"Now this is what I call riding in style!" I told my twin sister, Ashley. I leaned against the backseat of the fancy white car.
"Tell me about it." Ashley grinned. -We had been inside big cars before-but nothing as serious as a 1920s-style Rolls Royce!
Our basset hound, Clue, stretched out across our laps. "Clue seems to like it, too," I said. "She hasn't stopped drooling since we got into the car."
"Don't remind me!" our friend Patty O'Leary complained. "This car is fit for a princessnot a dog!"
That made Ashley and me giggle. Patty doesn't know it, but we call her "Princess Patty." That's because she acts a little spoiled sometimes.
"Besides," Patty went on, "Great-grandmother, doesn't even like dogs."
The three of us were going to visit Patty's great-grandmother, Fiona O'Leary. She's our favorite children's mystery writer. Fiona invited us all to her huge mansion for the weekend. We were going to hear her read her new book, The Cat's Meow, out loud for the first time.
Ashley and I read mystery books all the time. Probably because we run the Olsen and Olsen Detective Agency from our attic. We love solving mysteries.
"Your great-grandmother's books are terrifle, Patty," Ashley said. She leaned back against the velvety seat. "I especially likeFlapper-that fluffy white cat who's always in them."
Patty rolled her eyes. "Well, Flapper happens to be real," she said. "Great-grandmother never goes anywhere without that cat.
"I feel like I already know everything about Flapper," Ashley said. "In the books, she has a realsatin bed. And a squeaky mouse toy that she always keeps next to her pillow."
"Yeah," I added. "And she has a real ruby and emerald collar. Not too shabby for a cat.
"Great-grandmother treats Flapper like a queen." Patty sniffed. She flipped her brown hair over her shoulder and frowned. "Whoever heard of a cat named Flapper, anyway? Cats don't have wings!"
Ashley shook her head. "The word 'flapper 7 comes from the 1920s, ." she explained. "It's what they used to call young women
who flapped their arms a lot when they danced."
"How do you know that?" Patty asked.
Ashley shrugged. "When I found out we were going to a real 1920s mansion, I did some research," she replied.
That didn't surprise me. Ashley and I look exactly alike, but we're different in one major way. Ashley likes to get all the facts before she makes a move. I move first, then get the facts!
I wish Great-grandmother would spend more time with me," Patty said, staring out the window. "Like your great-grandmother does."
Our great-grandma Olive is the best. She spends tons of time with us. And she's also a fantastic detective! Ashley and I learned everything we know from her.
I sat back and smiled. The reading was just one of the fun things Fiona had planned. Since her.book took place in the 1920s, there would be a Charleston contest one night. The Charleston was a dance everyone did back then. Fiona was going to give the winner a big silver trophy cup to take home.
"We're here!" Patty cried. "Great-grandmother's mansion!"
The driver stopped the car in front of a huge white house. He held the door open as we all filed out.
"Wow!" I gasped as Ashley and I looked around. The house was surrounded by a beautiful red and white rose garden. And the hedges were trimmed to look like cats.
The driver carried our backpacks to the front door. Then he tipped his hat, got back into the car-, and drove away.
Our exciting weekend was about to begin!
We walked up to the shiny, black front door. Patty reached out and rang the doorbell. After a few seconds a man wearing a stiff-looking white suit opened the door.
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