The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

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by Lisa Orchard

Book Blurb

Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation.Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.”

But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake.

Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

My Review

Owl rating

As with the previous two books in this series, THE SUPER SPIES AND THE PIED PIPER was quite the adventure.  I love fairy tales, mythology, and all types of folklore and such so from the title alone, I was intrigued to read more.

The girls are so witty and smart, not to mention they’re pretty much on their own.  I can’t even imagine my parents disappearing and it being up to my siblings and/or friends and I to find them.  Whew, what a task!  I thought the setup of everything was great, especially as someone who has read the previous books, it was nice to start off with a familiar setting.

However I didn’t connect to the girls as much as I usually do, especially not as much as I did with the last one.  I love the plot, and the mystery kept me guessing but for some reason I didn’t feel as much for the characters.  Hence the three owl rating since voice and characterization is what keeps me going.

That being said, I still love the series.  I’ve said this before but as someone who grew up reading Nancy Drew, it’s nice to have a group of friends out there solving town mysteries. I think these series would work great with a younger YA or upper MG audience.  I think friendship in YA isn’t shown as much as I’d like, at least friendship without feuds over a guy or a friend who “disappears” once the romantic interest comes into the story, and The Super Spies series keeps friendship a central theme.

Buy Links

Astraea Press | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Many thanks to the author, Lisa Orchard, for sending me a copy to read and review.  This is a 100% honest review!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

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The third book in the Super Spies Series is finally here! Below are the cover, blurb, and an excerpt!

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by Lisa Orchard

Book Blurb

Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation.Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.”

But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake.

Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

Excerpt

Chapter One

“What do you mean you lost them?” Sarah Cole fidgeted as she waited for Agent Gray to answer. I can’t believe it! He lost the only clue to our parents’ location. What is wrong with this picture? Agitated, Sarah shifted in her seat and chewed on her lip. She was uncomfortable in the folding chair and rearranged her petite frame so she wouldn’t feel the cold metal against her bare legs. Shivering, she glanced around the all-too-familiar room.

The gray cement block walls no longer gave her that creepy, closed-in feeling she’d used to get when she first came to the interrogation rooms. She remembered the first time she’d been in that tiny space. It had been the day she’d discovered the Cat Lady’s dead body. Sarah shuddered at the memory and then smiled when she remembered forming the Super Spies and bringing the Cat Lady Killer to justice. Glancing around the room again, she realized she’d been in this room quite a bit these last few weeks, not only during the Cat Lady investigation, but the High School Bomber investigation as well. Shivering again, Sarah rubbed her arms but she really wasn’t cold. Her mind filled with the image of the bomber the Super Spies had helped apprehend just a week earlier.

Wow! Was it just last week?

She tugged at a lock of her honey colored hair, then brushed it away with an impatient hand. She sighed and glanced at her younger sister. Lacey sat beside her with her legs crossed, jiggling her foot at such a rapid rate it seemed like her whole body was electrified. She caught Sarah’s eye and for a moment her eyes glittered like emeralds before she shifted her gaze to Aunt June, who had placed her hand on Lacey’s leg in what appeared to be an attempt to quiet her. Sarah shifted in her chair and sighed again. Are we ever going to find Mom and Dad?

A commotion out in the hall drew everyone’s attention. Sarah leaned forward

and craned her neck to see what was happening.

“Chief, we’ve got an OD!” An officer yelled.

“What?” Chief Johnson yelled as he rushed by. “An OD on what? Give me the details.”

“The parents found their son unconscious in his room this morning, and an empty bottle of prescription medication on his bedside table.”

“What was it?” Chief Johnson asked.

“It’s Myodine.”

“Who makes it?”

“Ah… Piper Drugs.”

“Call Poison Control with the name and manufacturer and ask them what to do about an overdose. Instruct the parents to get their son to the hospital pronto,” Chief Johnson ordered.

“They’ve brought him here.”

“What?” Chief Johnson exclaimed.

The sound of policemen rushing through the hall pulled Sarah and her sister out of their seats. They hurried to the door, unable to stifle their curiosity. Peering down the corridor, Sarah caught a glimpse of a young man sagging between two officers as they desperately tried to keep him on his feet. One officer gently slapped his face while the other officers held him up. The young man blinked and then gagged, puking on the officer in front of him. The rancid stench of fresh vomit filled the air. While plugging her nose, Sarah ducked back inside the interrogation room, followed by her sister. Sarah closed the door, hoping it would keep the smell from penetrating the room.

“Did you hear that, Lace? Piper Drugs! That’s the company Dad works for,” Sarah whispered in her sister’s ear before proceeding back to her seat.

Lacey opened her mouth to speak, but closed it when Agent Gray cleared his throat and motioned for them to sit down.

He continued his conversation as if they hadn’t been interrupted. We were on our way to the location of the ping… but before we got there it disappeared.”

“So, what does that mean? Did you find our parents or what?” Sarah blurted out as she sat down. She stared into Agent Gray’s icy blue eyes, trying to read his mind.

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The Super Spies and the High School Bomber

by: Lisa Orchard

Book Blurb

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her.

When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

My Review

Owl rating:

The Super Spies are back again and this time they’re out to find the high school bomber!  The Super Spies are a hilarious group of girls.  Their wit and cunning ability to uncover cases reminds me of a modern(er) Nancy Drew mixed with the fun of The Mystery Gang.  While part of me was laughing the other part of me was wrapped up in a blanket scared that something would happen to them.

I loved how every time I thought: oh no, you’re doing the wrong thing, you’re on the wrong track it’s not him/her it’s the other person, they were actually right and I was wrong.  I love it when a book keeps me guessing.

Another thing I loved about the series was the friendship, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m a sucker for books that deal with friendships rather than insta-love so no wonder I loved this one.

I recommend the Super Spies and the High School Bomber to girls and boys alike who want a fun, thrilling mystery!  Also once again I really like this cover art 🙂

**This is a 100% honest review, I received the book from the author**

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer

by: Lisa Orchard

Book Blurb

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…

My Rating

Owl rating:

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
ASIN: B007JZH61K
Edition language: English
Series: Super Spies

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