Review of The Night in Question by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson @DelacortePress

Two teens with a knack for solving crimes thanks to Agatha Christie? Yes, please!

Blurb: Last October, Alice Ogilvie’s ex-best friend, Brooke Donovan, was killed—and if it weren’t for Alice’s unlikely alliance with her tutor, Iris Adams, and her library of the complete works of Agatha Christie, the wrong person would almost certainly be sitting in prison for the crime. The Castle Cove police aren’t exactly great at solving crimes. In fact, they’re notorious for not solving crimes. 

Which is why, on the night of Castle Cove High’s annual Sadie Hawkins dance, Alice takes the opportunity to explore Levy Castle—the site of one of Castle Cove’s most infamous deaths. Mona Moody—­the classic film star—died there almost a century ago, and Alice is pretty sure the police got that invest­igation wrong, too. But before she can even think about digging deeper, she walks right into the scene of a new crime. Rebecca Kennedy, on the ground in a pool of blood. And standing over Kennedy? Another one of Alice’s ex-friends—Helen Park. 

The Castle Cove Police Department thinks it’s an open-and-shut case, but Alice and Iris are sure it can’t be that simple. Park isn’t a murderer—and the girls know all too well that in life, and in mysteries, things are rarely what they appear to be. To understand the present, sometimes you need to look to the past. 

Castle Cove is full of secrets, and Alice and Iris are about to uncover one of its biggest—and most dangerous—secrets of all.

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As as follow up to their twisty The Agathas, Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson bring us The Night in Question, which once again has poor little rich girl, Alice, and best friend from the seeming wrong side of the tracks, intelligent and driven Iris, solving the stabbing of one of Alice’s former friends during a Sadie Hawkins dance in a historical NY castle. The mystery becomes more than one as Alice and Iris find themselves investigating as well the suspicious death of a 1940s Hollywood sweetheart, Mona, which had been labeled an accident. They have help with their investigation with their version of the Scooby gang aka the Zoners.

Along the way, Alice and Iris have to navigate the difficult waters of dealing with parents, who only want the girls to have the best futures possible, as well as themselves.

Veteran mystery readers will probably deduce the culprit early on but not to the detriment of the mystery ride that Glasgow and Lawson have provided. Fans of Agatha Christie will especially enjoy the quotes and the mentions.

While this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone but I’d suggest reading the first one for context. It’s a fun read, just in time to be added to a summer reading list.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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