The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard

catladyThe Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer

By Lisa Orchard

245 pages – ages 14+ (ebook reviewed)

Published by Astraea Press on March 12, 2012

Sarah Cole, her sister Lacey, and best friend Jackie Jenkins, were scared. Not only did they find that the  woman in the neighborhood whom the kids call the “Cat Lady,” was murdered, but the cops found them WITH the body. After proving their innocence from the murder (which was hard, since Lacey had blood on her), the girls are free to go. Well, not really. A cop is sure they committed the crime and is out to get them. The girls decide they must prove they didn’t do it and solve the mystery. So, the Super Spies are formed.

The characters in this story are all very good and I enjoyed reading about them. Lacey seems like a nice girl, and Jackie was pretty funny. Sarah is a great female main character, though she can be quite headstrong. The plot was very well written and had the right amount of twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of  my seat guessing what was going to happen next.  The story had lots of action perfect for a murder mystery. The title threw me off, though. To me, it seemed like the Cat Lady was the killer, but maybe that’s just me. I think that the title, should be “The Cat Lady’s Killer” or a similar thing like that. The book is a YA book and the story had a little more violence than the usual middle grade books I read  (well – it is a murder mystery). The girls find the body and there’s blood. It would have been nice to leave some of those details out and have the book be good for middle grade readers too, because the story itself could be good for 12+ (but that is my opinion).

I give “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

To learn more about Ms. Orchard, please visit her website HERE.

Categories: Age 12+

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39 replies

  1. Thank you Erik for the wonderful review. I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. 🙂

  2. Great review Erik! I so need to read this book. I have it on my Kindle, but life keeps getting in the way. I haven’t gotten much reading done at all lately. I LOVE the cover! Have a great day!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. I knew I recognized this book. Lisa is such a wonderful author. Great review Erik.

  4. Yikes – you read scary stuff!

  5. It’s wonderful how experienced you are now that you can tell if a book couldhave been better as MG. Soudns fab, Erik and can you believe I have only just received your book today. I can’t wait for Matthew to read it :0)

  6. I’ve noticed you’re reviewing more mature books now. There is a big leap to YA. Enjoyed your review. Very fair!

    • I am interested in some YA books but usually don’t read a lot. My Mom and Dad proofread YA books I am asked to review (or want to read), and then, if they’re OK, I am allowed to read it. This one was close because of the plot. My parents thought it wasn’t very graphic. I still am not allowed to read The Hunger Games… 😉

  7. That cover is GREAT! I love the green cat eyes, they are so realistic.

  8. Great review, Erik! I always enjoy visiting your page as it’s a;ways full of cheer!

  9. I’m not a fan of cats, but I have nothing against cat ladies, so just for the record, it wasn’t me…..

    Love and licks,

  10. Thanks for mentioning that this one is more YA than MG. It does sound like a book that will keep me on the edge of my seat. I was thrown off by the title too, but after reading your review it makes sense. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Great review!

  11. Wow, this sounds scary. You are reading YA now? 😉 I had to read the title a couple of times, so it isn’t just you. Have a great weekend!
    ~Cool Mom.

  12. I had to look at the title a couple of times too. There’s no way a cat lady would be a killer! I’m glad she wasn’t.

  13. I always like reading your reservations about the books you review. Kind of reminds me how we would often check IMDB for parental advisory notes before we watch a movie together as a family. Haha. Do you have a Goodreads account, Erik? Would love to see your books there as well. I just asked my daughter to create her own Goodreads account. Also a very convenient way for her to keep track of books she’s read. 🙂


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