by: Lisa Orchard
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.
The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…
The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer was a fun, thrilling read. The three girls Sarah, Lacey, and Jackie have great personalities that make for a very hilarious read. One of my favorite lines in the book is at the beginning, when the girls are on their way to the police station and Jackie remarks how it’s a good thing they’re innocent because “Orange is definitely not [her] color.“
As someone who grew up reading Nancy Drew I love a little bit of mystery in everything I read. I thought the author did an amazing job at crafting the characters from the opening of the book when we meet the Sarah, to the introduction of the devious Wykowski boys, and the grouchiness of Officer Klonsky. It was a story that kept me guessing until the very end which was good because it’s a mystery.
However the book didn’t connect as well with me as I felt it could have, maybe it was just because I haven’t read a straight mystery in a very long time. The was something lacking, not so much in the characterization “department” but elsewhere. However there is only so much detail I can go into because if I say much else I might give away “the killer”.
I recommend this book to anyone who is missing their Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys days or for anyone who wants a break from the world of insta-love and wants to dive into a good story driven by a great friendship. So go out & get you copy today!
**This is a 100% honest review, I received the ebook from the author.**
Published: March 13 2012 by Astraea Press
ebook, 277 pages
Edition language: English
Series: Super Spies