Hollywood, Dead Ahead is the fifth book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. It features a man named Ignatius B. Grumply, a ghost named Olive C. Spence, and a boy named Seymour Hope, all of whom are living together in Spence Mansion as each others' adopted family. The book starts with film producer Moe Block Busters, who wants to make a movie based on their book. But when the trio arrives in Hollywood, they find some serious problems with the script, the casting, and most of all the contract Ignatius signed. Soon Olive digs up some dirty secrets, involving the frightening plans of Moe and his team of directors. Those plans, however, will soon go astray, because Olive is exactly the right person (or ghost) to come up with some creative schemes of her own.
I definitely thought this book was darker than the other four in the series, particularly because of the despicable plans of the movie producers. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, especially for older readers, such as me. It's possible their frightening intentions have the capability of scaring younger readers, but for me it made the story the most fascinating and captivating of all. This book was really creative and unique, as is the rest of the series and other books by Kate and Sarah Klise. I very much enjoyed the way it was written in letters, newspapers, contracts, plane tickets, post cards, drawings, and other paper materials. The addition of a ghost who can only communicate through writing definitely helped with dialogue, which I can see being a very difficult thing to deal with in this style of writing.
Overall, I loved the book's fast-paced and creative style. It was a quick read, a great book to blow through as soon as I get a few hours of alone time. I would recommend this series in general for 10-12 year olds, but even older readers like me can definitely get a kick out of them.