Published by Teen Mystery Press on March 25th 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Three years ago, wealthy heiress Xandra Collins vanished without a trace, leaving her 100-year-old mansion abandoned. One mind-bending clue was hidden underneath the velvet lining of her jewelry box: GL URMW NB WR@+B, BLF NFHG TL Y@XP GL GS% SRWW%M U&LL+
Thirteen-year-old detective Skylar Robbins moves into the multi-level mansion with her family and immediately takes the case. The heiress’s body was never recovered. A sinister stalker mentioned in her diary may have been a close relative. Or was a perfect stranger to blame?
Pacific Middle School bullies label Skylar’s detective agency a joke. Skylar and her assistant detective Alexa must decode the secret message in time to crack a new case and save their reputations at Pacific. They team up with Daniel Gannon—the most brilliant boy in middle school—to solve the mystery of the heiress’s disappearance.
Decoding the message opens the door to a world of danger. Now Xandra’s stalker is after Skylar! The team uses their detective tools and sleuthing skills to piece together a complicated puzzle. Inside the mansion, a trap door leads to a secret passageway. Skylar’s ultraviolet light illuminates a shocking mural, painted on the wall inside a hidden floor. Poems in Xandra’s diary contain clues that lead to a mysterious key. Skylar and Daniel must brave life-threatening waves and menacing enemies to locate the lock. Can they determine how the heiress went missing…before Skylar suffers the same fate?
Skylar Robbins is worried about solving another mystery. The bullies at her school think the agency is a joke. She is working on finding the Missing Heiress. The heiress disappeared three years ago. Skylar is left with one clue. With the help of her friends old and new, she makes headway. Her investigation brings her into some dangerous situations. Her parents get worried and make the investigation harder by grounding her. Skylar will stop at nothing to find what happened to the heiress.
In an Oyster Shell – A cute and satisfying mystery.
The Pearls – The mystery was well done. It had lots of twist and turns and kept you engaged. The ending was great with the promise of another mystery. I really like this series even though the main character is a middle schooler.
The character was well done and true to description. The author does a good job getting in the head of the main character. She is a believable teenager. The things the character worries about is true to her age. It’s very realistic.
There is a little bit of romance. It’s appropriate for the age of the character. It adds a nice depth to the story. It makes it more interesting.
The Sand – It’s a well-done story!