The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Book description (from Goodreads) –
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.
Sarah’s expectations for her summer vacation are low. She and her sister, Lacey, are spending their summer in the small town of Harrisburg, at their Aunt and Uncle’s home. Sarah is expecting a summer filled with long boring days, but she is about to discover just how wrong she is.
When Sarah meets local resident, Jackie, her expectations for the summer begins to rise – at least she will have someone the same age to spend her days with. The two girls, along with Sarah’s sister, Lacey, play a game of ‘truth or dare’, which results in Sarah knocking on the door of Mrs Fedewa’s home – whom the local teen residents refer to as the weird ‘cat lady’. The innocent game of truth or dare soon turns dangerous when Sarah discovers the dead body of the ‘cat lady’.
The girls are caught at the crime seen by the police, and one officer – Officer Klonsky – is determined to prove that the girls are responsible for the murder. Sarah, Jackie and Lacey soon realize that if they want to clear their names and get justice for the ‘cat lady’ they will have to solve the murder themselves.
Calling themselves the Super Spies, the girls set out to find the real murderer, and what they uncover is both shocking and heart-breaking, and will put the girls’ lives in serious danger. Will Sarah, Jackie and Lacey be able to clear their names and solve the mystery of who killed the ‘cat lady’, or will the killer find them first?
One of the things that I really enjoyed about The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer was the suspense that filled the pages; I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I was unable to put the book down. I was about 7/8 of the way through the book when a television show that I wanted to watch was about to start. I actually missed the first fifteen minutes of the show because I wanted to finish the book; I had to know what happened.
Sarah, Jackie and Lacey are all likeable characters, and the friendship between Sarah and Jackie was something I loved. Their friendship was effortless; it was like they had known each other their whole lives, not just a few weeks. Also, by trying to unlock the mystery of who killed the ‘cat lady’, Sarah and her sister, Lacey, spend more time with each other, resulting in the girls becoming closer. Sarah gets to learn more about her sister. She realizes that they don’t have to be similar or like the same things to be close.
As the girls find themselves getting closer and closer to the truth of the crime, they discover just how tragic the ‘cat lady’s’ life had been. Sarah showed so much compassion towards the ‘cat lady’ – she wanted so desperately to get justice for the ‘cat lady’, and as a reader I was touched by how deeply Sarah cared.
When I think of The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer, the first thing that comes to mind is how great this book would be at introducing the crime/thriller genre to a younger reader. It’s filled with suspense, action, and friendship, and while the novel is about a murder it isn’t overly graphic.
The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer isn’t just a crime/thriller story, it’s also a story about friendship and life lessons, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures Sarah, Jackie and Lacey undertake next.
Taking the reader on a journey full of suspense, The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer, will have readers eagerly turning the pages – while their sitting on the edge of their seats – desperate to see how the story will unfold.
*Thank you to Lisa Orchard for providing me with a copy of The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer to review.