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"Believe what you believe."

The Dirt Bike Detective Series

The Dirt Bike Detective Kids
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Book #1
The Dirt Bike Detective

The 2022 re-release of the first book
in the series with new cover art.
Book #1
The Dirt Bike Detective

Limited First Edition Hardcover
Collector's Copy
Book #2
The Beast in the Shadows
The long-awaited sequel in The
Dirt Bike Detective series is
now on sale.




Book #1

"Hoover presents a sprawling world populated by charming heroes, like Jaclyn, and lovable oddballs, like Eduard (an eloquently snooty math whiz). Hoover also creates fragile, heart-stopping moments that launch his narrative above the average kids’ adventure … his narrative is a concert of striking events and complex emotions.

A remarkable debut enlivened by heroic portions of silliness, spirit, and depth."  

— Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"...Hoover combines outstanding characterization and a vivid narrative to create a poignant and delightful young adult mystery novel."

— BlueInk Review

"This young adult mystery features fast-paced action, a complex maze of clues, and high stakes, all leading to a satisfying, cinematographic climax."

— Foreword Reviews

"Move over Hogwarts and Harry Potter! There's a new school with a lot of mysterious events going on and there's a new kid who is as much a hero as Harry, only he's a detective, not a wizard...There are only bad stories, okay stories, and great stories. This one is great."  

— Readers' Favorite (Five Stars)

"I feel like I cannot say enough positive things about this book and I am hoping for more to come from Hoover. I would definitely award The Dirt Bike Detective by Douglas L. Hoover 4 out of 4 stars. I look forward to seeing this book (and many more) on the shelves one day."  

— OnlineBookClub

"The author masterfully combines mystery and fantasy elements, creating a world that will appeal to readers of all ages.."

— Literary Titan

Book #2
The Beast in the Shadows

"This crafty, energetic sequel builds beautifully on the previous installment."  

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"I highly recommend this book to middle graders and high schoolers who like well-written, character-driven novels incorporating fantasy. In general, fans of young adult mystery, adventure, and crime novels will appreciate this."  

— OnlineBookClub

"If you are a fan of imaginative tales and quality narrators, this story is for you, no matter your age! I loved how the book continued to sway between scientific and paranormal explanations for the events of the story, with characters continuously questioning what was true. Hoover created characters that are worth getting to know and captures what it is like to be twelve, without talking down to the target audience."  

— Readers' Favorite

"The Dirt Bike Detective: The Beast in the Shadows is a thrilling and engaging read that will keep fans of the series on the edge of their seats. With a slow build in the tension, it captivates readers with its well-written plot and intriguing characters."

— Literary Titan

"This is a great series! Having worked with others in the paranormal world, the manner in which these kids go off track is very realistic! Everything is tinged with the paranormal, and they are no different. Whether you are a kid or an adult, give it a try – it’s great!"

— Audiobook Reviewer

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About the Author

Doug Hoover is a Colorado native who is rumored to possess superhuman powers of imagination far beyond those of mortal men. He maintains a secret identity by day, posing as a surfer/MMA fighter/rock star, but he becomes a writer by night—saving the world from reality, one story at a time. 



The Dirt Bike Detective white hardcover edition is SOLD OUT and will not be reprinted. Other formats of the book with the new cover design, including the audiobook, are still available.


Book #2 "The Beast in the Shadows", the long-awaited sequel to "The Dirt Bike Detective" is now on sale.

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"The Dirt Bike Detective" was announced as the winner of the 2023 Firebird book awards for Juvenile Fiction.



The Dirt Bike Detective is awarded a Literary Titan award.


Book Signing Event coming to Dirigo Pediatric Dentistry, Yarmouth, ME, June 26th, 4:30 -6:30 PM. Come meet the Author and have your book signed.

News and Events

Meet The Team

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Chase Sullivan

Lead Paranormal Detective

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Oliver Teller

Journalist and Editor for the Raven Ridge Academy School Newspaper

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Jaqlyn Jones

Investigative Reporter for the Raven Ridge Academy School Newspaper

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Eduard Washington

Junior Investigator and Lead Tech support

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Giovanni Angelo

Junior Investigator and Art Director

Meet The Team
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