Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
Fantastic! I loved the author's FRAMED series so I was expecting another great mystery, and I was not disappointed. The diverse cast of kids in this are fantastic. We get hints at the backgrounds of a few of them, which I enjoyed. I hope there will be more books in this series so we can get to know more about all of them. Even some of the adults get backstory, which really added to the richness of the characters and the story.
The mystery/spy pieces of this are excellent. Plenty of suspense. I thought this might be an older middle grade novel (10+). Some of the characters are older teens (15, 14) and there are some murders (off page) that are part of the case. I don't think any of that content will be an issue for younger middle grade readers, but it did make me wonder.
There are threads of the story left unresolved, so I hope that means there will be another book in this series. The characters are brilliant and spunky and loyal, and I would love to spend more time with them. I would hand this to middle grade mystery/spy story fans enthusiastically and without reservation.