The night in question An Agathas mystery

Kathleen Glasgow, 1969-

Book - 2023

When Iris and Alice's high school dance at the infamous Levy Castle, the site of starlet Mona Moody's unsolved death in the 1940s, is interrupted by a violent assault, they pull out their murder boards and get back to work.

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Young Adult New Shelf YOUNG ADULT FICTION/Glasgow Kathleen (NEW SHELF) Due Oct 11, 2023
Detective and mystery fiction
School fiction
New York : Delacorte Press [2023]
First edition
Physical Description
401 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ages 14+.
Main Author
Kathleen Glasgow, 1969- (author)
Other Authors
Liz Lawson, 1980- (author)
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Inseparable teen sleuths snark and squabble their way through a second whodunit infused with the spirit of the Queen of Mystery. "This is what happens when you start messing around with history," someone comments. "The bones begin to rattle." In this follow-up to The Agathas (2022), the principle definitely holds. Investigating a brutal assault that leaves a widely disliked classmate in a medical coma leads unlikely friends Alice and Iris to the mysterious deaths of a budding starlet and her secret beau 74 years ago, in 1949. Along with paying frequent homage to Agatha Christie and lavishing their tale with tried-and-true elements--an old mansion with a secret staircase and a hidden room, a fabulously valuable missing necklace, an apparent perp who may be innocent despite being caught literally red-handed, shadowy family connections, and more--the authors enthusiastically shovel clues, or things that look like clues, into nearly every one of their short, alternately narrated chapters on the way to a violent climax. In a strong continuing subplot, the friendship between the two teenagers sometimes looks more like war as they come from different social circles (wealthy Alice's dubbed the Mains, working-class Iris' the Zoners) in a similarly divided small California town, and as they wrestle with individual personal issues, their characters, values, and expectations also frequently clash. They're talented detectives though, with ingeniously complementary methods. The main cast reads White. A delight for teen Poirots, chock-full of puzzling clues and swirling tensions. (map) (Mystery. 14-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.