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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Who killed Brooke Donovan? It’s the biggest mystery of the summer, and everyone in Castle Cove thinks they know what happened. But they're wrong. Two unlikely friends come together to solve the case in this fast-paced, fun, modern Agatha Christie-inspired thriller.

"Part Agatha Christie, part Veronica Mars, and completely entertaining." —Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Of Us Is Lying

A PEOPLE MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF SUMMER 

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. She's not talking, so where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or it was, at least. But now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back. . . 

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s grandmother is offering to anyone who can share information about her granddaughter’s whereabouts. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory. 

In order to get the reward and prove Steve’s innocence, they need to figure out who killed Brooke Donovan. And luckily Alice has exactly what they need—the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone that can teach the girls how to solve a mystery it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they're about to walk into.

©2022 Kathleen Glasgow (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“Full of twists, mysteries, and so much heart, The Agathas will keep you up late guessing who-exactly-dunit. Perfect for readers who like their thrillers with an extra dose of fun!” —Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

With all the twists and turns of a classic Agatha Christie novel, told through a delightful and engaging contemporary lens, The Agathas is impossible not to devour. Perfect for mystery lovers everywhere.” —Rachael Lippincott, coauthor of All This Time and the #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart 

A propulsive mystery starring two unlikely friends who give Nancy Drew a run for her money. With a totally satisfying and surprising ending, The Agathas is so, so much fun.” —Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us and They Wish They Were Us

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great modern-day detective story!

As a huge fan of Agatha Christie, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It had all the twist and turns of a classic mystery/ Who did it novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

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Loved it!

Recommend for teens and adults alike! It is well thought out and well written. Very enjoyable.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book! It was a well written story that I couldn’t put down. There were twists and turns. I hope there will be a sequel.

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Great bridge to or from Agatha Christie

If you’ve read any Agatha Christie for school, this is a wonderful title that leads YA readers into a modern version of the classic mystery tales. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and the resources in the back which refer readers to help regarding common, difficult situations for many teens, is an added bonus. Well done!

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Really great book!

I'll read or listen to any age group if I think the book is interesting, but when I purchased this book I didn't realize that it was a young adult book, I actually like Sophie Amoss as a narrator. However, this book is really, really good! It was a great mystery, and showed the way high school really is divided, and how domestic abuse is "real". I truly enjoyed it and if there is a sequel I will definitely purchase it.

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Poor little rich girl Alice teams up with Iris from the wrong side of the tracks to solve the mystery of Alice’s former BFF’s murder and clear their ex boyfriend Steve’s name. BTW, he’s the reason the girls became former friends.

I was excited to see YA phenom writer Kathleen Glasgow team up with newcomer Liz Lawson for THE AGATHAS, which on paper seemed like the perfect teen mystery. Though the writing is at times clever and punchy, THE AGATHA’s lacked heart and the connection to the narrators in Glasgow’s and Lawson’s previous books. Both Iris and Alice were tropes of characters found in multiple books and tv shows as were many of the minor characters. The “secrets” each held were blatantly obvious to anyone familiar with YA storytelling (or life). Additionally, the domestic violence in Iris’s life seemed to skirt around the issue and minimize the reality of the issue.

THE AGATHAS is geared more towards upper MG and young YA readers, filled with teens smarter than every clueless adult and dialogue that felt more like adults writing for tweens and teens than hoe adolescents actually speak. Have you ever heard a real-life teenager say amazeballs?

If the writers had made me care more about the victim, the falsely accused or the teen sleuths’ suspect, I would have been more invested in THE AGATHAS. I did root for Iris and Alice, the best part of the story and maybe that was the point.

I guessed the perp, the hapless guidance counselor, early on despite how hard the writers tried to push her lover, the victim’s adoptive father as the killer. That never made any sense to me. Brooke’s grandmother was a billionaire. Five million dollars is a drop in the bucket to billionaire. She’d have gladly parted with the money to lose her SIL, less than a percentage of her net worth. I could list other aspects that didn’t pass the smell test, but younger teens won’t care.

The narrators average with a few mispronunciations and a number of pauses for page turns where the words didn’t flow smoothly.

Tweens and younger teen girls will probably enjoy THE AGATHAS more than older teens and boys.