Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities. I have enjoyed the first two books in this series, so wanted the opportunity to see what “the gang” got up to in this third outing. Scroll down for my review, a character guest post and a rafflecopter giveaway. Then visit some of the other stops to learn more about this book and series.
Published September 14th 2020 by Purple Milk Publishing
Young Adult Cozy Mystery
About the Book: With the official reopening of Brady’s and their sophomore year beginning, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot are ready to shift their focus back to high school. Unfortunately, a month into the new school year many Asburyans find their bank accounts depleted, with no hint of foul play. Even the bank tellers insist that each withdrawal was done in person, with proper identification supplied and correct responses given to security questions.
Pilot, excited at the possibility of working with a cyber-crime, urges the gang to dive in—only to discover there are no traces of wrongdoing online either. Instantly intrigued, the gang decides to investigate the case before their own family’s accounts get hit.
However, with their successful sports teams, the continued growth and organization of the Pitbulls, possible new relationships blooming, dating and unrealized jealousies coming to the surface, the teenage sleuths find themselves more distracted than ever. After piecing together some clues, they wonder if someone in Asbury High is to blame for yet another crime.
Can Asbury’s favorite foursome figure out who is to blame before Asbury itself goes bankrupt?
Asbury High and the MisTaken Identities is the third book in an enticing young adult cozy mystery series, that fans of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Scooby Doo will love.
This was another fun visit to Asbury with Maddie, Cornelious, Pilot and Carly. This story begins where the last book left off. The gang had just solved a previous mystery, and Brady’s their favourite place to eat was having a grand reopening. It is September and the new school year is beginning. One thing I like about this series is that it is not just about the mystery, but about the lives of the four main characters. They are realistic teens (except maybe the rich part) who play sports, are cheerleaders, attend book club and Pilot is a computer geek. The mystery is embedded into the characters’ stories.
This one is all about disappearing money via identity theft. Using the powers of observation, deduction and some computer hacking, they are able to figure out who is responsible. As in the previous books, getting the police to listen to them is not the easiest thing to do. I enjoy the sweet romance that Carly and Pilot are involved in. There is also some jealousy, bullying and mean girl antics, but that is also done in a realistic way. There are some red herrings, a few suspects and some twists along the way, but I did figure out what was happening before the reveal. There was a bit of danger, with some chances taken, but all’s well that ends well. I will say that I did not enjoy this one as much as the others as there seemed to be a bit more teen angst in this one, but I am not a teen. I continue to recommend this series to teens (12 and up), especially if they enjoy a good mystery. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request, the rating and opinions shared are my own.
Character Guest Post: Maddie
When Solving the many mysteries that pop up in Asbury, how do you process the clues you discover?
Good question, and you know, I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me about my processes. Let me start by acknowledging the fact I do have a killer memory—of which I am extraordinarily grateful. It has helped me out in more than one situation, even saved my life, I’d say. Thus, in addition to my memory, I actively employ my two favorite detectives of all time in each of our cases—Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.
What do I love about them?
Well, the most glaring thing is their quirks! They’re pretty quirky, weird dudes, but that only further separates them from the average person. Not only are they both able to use their minds to think past what they see, but they refuse to stop searching for truth, even when others tell them stop. And that’s pretty admirable too, I’d say.
Adding to their different brains, and its inner workings, I find myself using their same thought process when sorting through clues and data. Both men admit that they run through every scenario and truly start investigating once they find the one route that seems…wrong. Like something is missing. Most often that is the road of treachery, lies, and despair. It is also the road that leads to truth and answers.
These two detectives, while fictional, have led me to discover the truth behind more than one mystery and I don’t think they could ever fail me. With both of those two grand sleuths in my mind, we are an unstoppable trio! THEN, add that to my gang of four, and there’s just no way we could ever possibly lose. Just look at our track record thus far.
About the Author: For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories, and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats. Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…
After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books. Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show. Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.
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