|Agathas (Agathas Mystery)
Author: Glasgow, Kathleen
Alice Ogilvie's disappearance last summer is the biggest scandal at Castle Cove High School--until her ex-boyfriend is accused of murdering his new girlfriend, and Alice must pair up with her tutor Iris Adams to clear his name by relying on the wisdom of Agatha Christie.
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2022 Gr 9 Up—One small, coastal Californian town has a lot of terrible history. Castle Cove has had its share of missing people, loss of fortune, and unexplained deaths. The town was just settling back down after Alice's runaway stunt the previous summer and now her ex-best friend, Brooke, is missing. Brooke isn't just any Castle Cove citizen, but the granddaughter of billionaire make-up icon Lillian Levy. It still takes the police a bit too long to really start the search, thanks to Alice's antics. Alice's parents aren't around a lot, even after she was missing for days, so she's been matched up with a peer tutor to make sure her academic work gets back on track. Lucky for Iris, peer tutoring comes with a paycheck which she desperately needs to get her and her mom out of Castle Cove as soon as possible. The unlikely friendship between Iris and Alice forms as they study, search for Brooke, and learn more about each other than either was willing to reveal. Alice's obsession with the OG mystery queen, Agatha Christie, is intertwined in her POV chapters and adds charm to this mystery that is reminiscent of Karen M. McManus's work. VERDICT A great title to add to high school mystery shelves to satiate those readers who are hungry for thrillers featuring characters their own age.—Samantha Hull - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2022 When Alice went missing for several days after being dumped by her basketball jock boyfriend, Steve, she refused to discuss where she’d been once she returned home to Castle Cove. But history seems to be repeating itself because now Alice’s ex-best friend, Brooke, has disappeared—and she just happens to be dating Steve. While many believe Steve is behind it all, Alice and her tutor, Iris, aren’t so sure. Motivated by the reward being offered by Brooke’s grandmother and inspired by the classic works of Agatha Christie, Alice and Iris take up the case and begin sleuthing. What follows is an entertaining mystery with a girl-detective angle that will appeal to the Veronica Mars crowd. Full of witty writing, banter, and adventure, the story takes unexpected turns, and readers will delight at the girls’ creative ways of drawing upon Agatha Christie to solve Castle Cove’s biggest head-scratcher of all time. For fans of Rebecca Podos’ The Mystery of Hollow Places (2016) and Kit Frick’s I Killed Zoe Spanos (2020). - Copyright 2022 Booklist.