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Last summer, Alice Ogilve’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove, because she’s not talking. 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 co Last summer, Alice Ogilve’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove, because she’s not talking. 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.


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Last summer, Alice Ogilve’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove, because she’s not talking. 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 co Last summer, Alice Ogilve’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove, because she’s not talking. 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.

30 review for The Agathas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Finally it’s released! Here’s my digital work on Instagram for this amazing cover! ( the book can be judged by this remarkable cover! ) https://www.instagram.com/tv/CdL6m7cD... I couldn’t clap harder for this brilliant duo who wrote something even better than One of us is lying series and helped me find a new addiction after the end of A good girl’s guide to murder trilogy! I fell in love with Agathas! Such a fantastic tribute to one of my all time favorite authors! I truly devoured Kathleen Glasgo Finally it’s released! Here’s my digital work on Instagram for this amazing cover! ( the book can be judged by this remarkable cover! ) https://www.instagram.com/tv/CdL6m7cD... I couldn’t clap harder for this brilliant duo who wrote something even better than One of us is lying series and helped me find a new addiction after the end of A good girl’s guide to murder trilogy! I fell in love with Agathas! Such a fantastic tribute to one of my all time favorite authors! I truly devoured Kathleen Glasgow’ previous works: angsty, emotional, realistic young adult novels: including Girl in pieces, her best work: “how to make friends with the dark” and” you’d be home now” that lately I reviewed with five blazing stars ! I also read Liz Lawson’s brilliant, heartfelt debut “Lucky Ones”. I’m so happy those aspiring authors who ripped my heart several times with their extra angsty, traumatic, realistic words and admirable characters teamed up to create something special. They wrote in different genre and they absolutely nailed it! This book is unputdownable, exciting, definitely heart throbbing- nail biter- Hercule Poirot’s little grey cells burner- mysterious- entertaining gem! I am a big fan of YA mysteries and this book gave me everything I need; Such a great plot, sarcastic and smart storytelling tone, adorable detective duo: Alice ( unconventional, bold, impulsive, smart, famous Gone Girl of school) and Iris : nerdy, intelligent, insecure, tough, resilient, mature. ) Alice belongs to Mains: popular group of the school till she’s dumped by boyfriend who starts dating with her best friend Brooke. After she confronts with them, she disappears and five days later she comes back as if nothing has happened! Iris; belongs to Zones, dealing with more serious problem, raised by her mother who is bartender, barely making ends meet, tutoring Alice to earn enough money to get the hell out of the town because some THING is out there to threaten her family. When Alice’s ex friend Brooke who is boyfriend stealer gets missing, two girls teams up to solve mystery. Alice has concerns about her friend’s well being and Iris needs reward money to solve the case and get the out of town! The pacing, character development, the Zoners ( least popular group of school) as side characters were perfectly developed. The ending was foreseeable but at least there was no plot hole and we got all the answers we need! I think I need at least 5 more Agathas books! I’m craving right now! I wish there were more books! I already got addicted! I can sing Robert Palmer’s popular classic with new lyrics; “ Might as well face it, I’m addicted to this series” I cannot wait to read more adventures of Agathas! I already missed them! Millions of thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 YA STARS YA mystery with fun Agatha Christie quotes for each chapter! I read/and mostly listened via Audible: Narrated by: Mehr Dudeja, Sophie Amoss, Holly Linneman Series: An Agathas Mystery, Book 1 Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins Meet Alice Ogilve and Iris Adams. They belong to different "groups" at their school. Alice is more popular and has a bit of a "gone girl" mystery in her past. Iris is more into her studies and agrees to tutor Alice. Their small town of Castle Cove is rocked 3.5 YA STARS YA mystery with fun Agatha Christie quotes for each chapter! I read/and mostly listened via Audible: Narrated by: Mehr Dudeja, Sophie Amoss, Holly Linneman Series: An Agathas Mystery, Book 1 Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins Meet Alice Ogilve and Iris Adams. They belong to different "groups" at their school. Alice is more popular and has a bit of a "gone girl" mystery in her past. Iris is more into her studies and agrees to tutor Alice. Their small town of Castle Cove is rocked when Alice's friend, Brooke disappears. Her and Iris team up to investigate. Alice finds that Hercule Poirot and his investigative insight helps her to dig up the dirt on all their suspects. She is well prepared and has her complete works of Agatha Christie to assist in proving the case. They even put together their own murder board. Expect texts, group threads, case transcripts, news clips, and timelines. The physical book has a map of Castle Cove. I enjoyed the narration, although the narrators weren't very distinguishable. It was a quick, easy, predictable-ish read. Loved the teenage sleuths Alice and Iris, think Nancy Drew with a partner. A nice change of pace if you enjoy a YA murder mystery. This is book one of the new series, I'll most likely read the next when the mood hits!

  3. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    Happy Publication Day! ❤️ An excellent start to this phenomenal series...hands down!! It does appear as a YA mystery thriller, but you are caught up in the characters for a can't-put-down book, you will forget it is what it is!!! The descriptions of the teenagers behavior are all too real for me and encountering what they call themselves "Mains" the popular kids.... then there are the "Zones" or "Emo" more transitional students trying to figure out where they identify. As unfortunate as labels are Happy Publication Day! ❤️ An excellent start to this phenomenal series...hands down!! It does appear as a YA mystery thriller, but you are caught up in the characters for a can't-put-down book, you will forget it is what it is!!! The descriptions of the teenagers behavior are all too real for me and encountering what they call themselves "Mains" the popular kids.... then there are the "Zones" or "Emo" more transitional students trying to figure out where they identify. As unfortunate as labels are, the book gives you an aspect of both we know exist. In the small town of Castle Cove, Alice, one of the "Mains" is dumped by Steve for her best friend, Brooke. Alice is heartbroken and disappears for a week without an explanation of where she was when she returns. When Brooke disappears and doesn't return, all eyes are on Steve. With a $50,000 reward offered by Brooke's grandmother, Alice and Iris, "Zones" are on an adventure to solve the case. I laughed aloud at the incredible duo and Iris's resilience to overcome stigma and dreams of getting out of this town. The bond between the two shatters the lines between them for an unforgettable mystery thriller they are to solve with none other than the Agatha Christie series as their guide. You can't go wrong there! I can't wait to read #2! Thank you NetGalley and Random House Children's books for this title in exchange for my honest review!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "I think people more often kill those they love, than those they hate. Possibly because only the people you love can really make life unendurable to you." -Agatha Christie, Crooked House As a bona fide Agatha Christie fangirl, I knew I had to read this book the second I discovered it existed. I was so convinced that this would be a 5 star read for me that, even though I received a digital advanced copy of this book, I went ahead and bought the BN signed special edition at my local store, because l "I think people more often kill those they love, than those they hate. Possibly because only the people you love can really make life unendurable to you." -Agatha Christie, Crooked House As a bona fide Agatha Christie fangirl, I knew I had to read this book the second I discovered it existed. I was so convinced that this would be a 5 star read for me that, even though I received a digital advanced copy of this book, I went ahead and bought the BN signed special edition at my local store, because look at that cover! While it didn't end up being quite what I expected, I'm glad I read it, and maybe teens on the younger end of the YA spectrum will enjoy this one more than the older ones. I'm still not certain if this is the first in a new series, or if the authors decided to set up for sequels and see how this book is received before taking the leap of continuing, but I'm very interested in the subsequent mysteries that were introduced in this first book as secondary themes. "They say money makes you happy. It doesn't. It just makes you more comfortable in your grief." The Agathas is a slow burning mystery featuring teenage amateur detectives Alice and Iris, two high school girls who come from vastly different lifestyles but find themselves similarly embroiled in the disappearance-turned-murder of fellow classmate Brooke. If you can overlook some of the unbelievable aspects of the story, (all adults are either completely incompetent or easily duped by teenagers at every turn, the dialogue feels a little more like adults trying to sound youthful rather than the way that actual teenagers talk, and some plot points are either dropped or not explored as fully as they could have been), this is really a fun mystery. The big reveals are a little underwhelming and predictable, but I absolutely loved the Agatha Christie quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Also, the authors did a great job exploring grief and how it plays into losing someone in your community, regardless of the terms you were on when they passed. Overall, an easy, enjoyable mystery that I'll continue on in the series if the authors choose to write those stories. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    This was a lot of fun. I have not had the best luck with YA mystery books - which is surprising since I’ve been reading great fantasy, horror/paranormal, and contemporary YA lately- so I’m really happy to finally have a win in the YA mystery category. This was part Hallmark Mystery Movie, meets Scooby-Doo, and with a slice of Gone Girl, which is just about a perfect combo in my mind. This was a page turner that was entertaining and just good fun and I hope there will be a book two. Since I do re This was a lot of fun. I have not had the best luck with YA mystery books - which is surprising since I’ve been reading great fantasy, horror/paranormal, and contemporary YA lately- so I’m really happy to finally have a win in the YA mystery category. This was part Hallmark Mystery Movie, meets Scooby-Doo, and with a slice of Gone Girl, which is just about a perfect combo in my mind. This was a page turner that was entertaining and just good fun and I hope there will be a book two. Since I do review a lot of LGBTQ+ books, I want to mention that this was not one of them. In fact I don’t think there was a single LGBTQ+ character –at least that I noticed- in the whole book -which I found a bit unbelievable since most of this book takes place in a high school-. I would not mind seeing at least a little more diversity if there is a book two. Anyway, I also want to mention that there was no romance and nothing really beyond a few characters talking about crushes and exes –except for one side character bragging about having sex with another side character. There is talk about abuse and death, since this is a murder mystery, but overall I think this book would be appropriate for a wide range of ages. I found that the book took me a little bit to get into it, there are a lot of characters you don’t know what to think about, but as soon as the components for the mystery started to unfold, I was hooked. The mystery is well done and fun to read. There are plenty of suspects and it’s hard to know who to trust. I also loved all the little moments and quotes from Agatha Christie novels. This felt like the authors wrote a love letter to her and if you enjoy Christie’s mysteries, I think you will get a kick out of this book. I also have to admit that when it came to the mystery, I was mad at myself for not figuring it out. When I look back at the clues, I should have gotten it, but the authors did a good job of tricking me. TLDR: If you are a YA mystery fan or an Agatha Christie fan, I would easily recommend this. This book was one of the better done, and just fun, YA mysteries that I have read in a while. The two main characters have good friendship chemistry together and I enjoyed their investigating shenanigans. There is talk that this could become a series. If that is the case I would absolutely read book two. A copy was given to me for review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars rounded up** Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: ARC received! Thank you so much, Delacorte Press!!! I'm so freaking excited for this book. I've actually already preordered a copy, but am beyond to get my hands on it a little early. I am obsessed with this cover and the synopsis. It is giving me everything I want in YA Mystery/Thriller. Yessss! **4.5-stars rounded up** Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: ARC received! Thank you so much, Delacorte Press!!! I'm so freaking excited for this book. I've actually already preordered a copy, but am beyond to get my hands on it a little early. I am obsessed with this cover and the synopsis. It is giving me everything I want in YA Mystery/Thriller. Yessss!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I enjoyed this fun mystery. I liked the characters and had so much fun tagging along with them. The residents of Castle Cove were shook last summer when Alice Ogilive disappeared for five days after her boyfriend Steve dumped her. Perhaps the greatest mystery is that when she returned she refused to talk about what happened. Now another one Steve’s girlfriends has disappeared. Brooke Donovan was Alice’s best friend until she stole her boyfriend Steve. This seems eerily similar to what happened to I enjoyed this fun mystery. I liked the characters and had so much fun tagging along with them. The residents of Castle Cove were shook last summer when Alice Ogilive disappeared for five days after her boyfriend Steve dumped her. Perhaps the greatest mystery is that when she returned she refused to talk about what happened. Now another one Steve’s girlfriends has disappeared. Brooke Donovan was Alice’s best friend until she stole her boyfriend Steve. This seems eerily similar to what happened to Alice, however unlike Alice it doesn’t seem like Brooke is coming back. Brooke’s grandmother is offering $50,000 for information leading to Brooke. Iris Adams is Alice’s tutor. She could definitely use the reward money. Armed with her Agatha Christie books, Iris and Alice are determined to prove Steve’s innocence and figure out what happened to Brooke. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    I'm between a 3 and 3.5 star, so per my review policy for ARCs, I'm deferring to a 3.5 star This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it ended up being pretty entertaining! This strikes an interesting tone of sort of snarky Scooby Doo. There's a kind of flatness to the characters, but I felt like it served the kind of hijinks-y vibe that the story was going for, so that actually worked pretty well for me. I really enjoyed all the Christie Easter eggs, and thought this ended up having a fun, gir I'm between a 3 and 3.5 star, so per my review policy for ARCs, I'm deferring to a 3.5 star This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it ended up being pretty entertaining! This strikes an interesting tone of sort of snarky Scooby Doo. There's a kind of flatness to the characters, but I felt like it served the kind of hijinks-y vibe that the story was going for, so that actually worked pretty well for me. I really enjoyed all the Christie Easter eggs, and thought this ended up having a fun, girl gang kind of vibe to the plot that was very readable and fun. This hints at being the beginning of a series, and if so, I'd check out more in this world

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    Review to come but I lovvvved!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maren’s Reads

    Read if you like: Domestic suspense Multiple POV Agatha Christie mysteries A Good Girls Guide to Murder Series Summary: When teenager Brooke Donovan is found dead, and her boyfriend Steve becomes the prime suspect, the town of Castle Cove is left reeling. Enter amateur detectives Alice Ogilve, Steve’s former ex-girlfriend, and her tutor Iris Adams. This unlikely pair believes Steve is innocent and are determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to Brooke. Thoughts: I fully immersed mys Read if you like: Domestic suspense Multiple POV Agatha Christie mysteries A Good Girls Guide to Murder Series Summary: When teenager Brooke Donovan is found dead, and her boyfriend Steve becomes the prime suspect, the town of Castle Cove is left reeling. Enter amateur detectives Alice Ogilve, Steve’s former ex-girlfriend, and her tutor Iris Adams. This unlikely pair believes Steve is innocent and are determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to Brooke. Thoughts: I fully immersed myself in this one, going back and forth between the kindle, hardcover and audiobook. I found “The Agathas” to be a a super charming YA mystery with major “A Girls Guide to Murder” vibes. I absolutely loved the homage to Agatha Christie and her famous detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and I’m excited for the new generation of Christie fans this book will hopefully create. If you are a fan of the AGGGTM series, I definitely recommend checking this one out. Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Delacorte for the ARC. This is my honest review. I really loved this one! It was a well-crafted YA mystery with some homages to the Queen of Crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. The two main characters, Iris and Alice, are well-developed and have depth. The potential murderers are all pretty well-developed too, and the mystery throws enough wrenches in the works to make you keep jumping from suspect to suspect. I think the Dame would be proud of Alice, using her Christie ob Thanks to Netgalley and Delacorte for the ARC. This is my honest review. I really loved this one! It was a well-crafted YA mystery with some homages to the Queen of Crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. The two main characters, Iris and Alice, are well-developed and have depth. The potential murderers are all pretty well-developed too, and the mystery throws enough wrenches in the works to make you keep jumping from suspect to suspect. I think the Dame would be proud of Alice, using her Christie obsession to help them solve the case. I would absolutely love if this were a series, so here's hoping for more. If you're a fan of Agatha Christie, YA, and mysteries, then you should definitely pick this one up. Highly recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    Starting this one before work today, and spent the day trying to read under my desk between clients because I just couldn’t put it down! . . . Two YA craft masters bring us a modern-day Agatha Christie duo that comes together to find a missing girl when the police and everyone around them seems to think she just ran away in THE AGATHAS. "It's true that a girl disappeared this summer, and it turned out to be something else," I say, "but this might not be like that. We're not all the same." Alice may Starting this one before work today, and spent the day trying to read under my desk between clients because I just couldn’t put it down! . . . Two YA craft masters bring us a modern-day Agatha Christie duo that comes together to find a missing girl when the police and everyone around them seems to think she just ran away in THE AGATHAS. "It's true that a girl disappeared this summer, and it turned out to be something else," I say, "but this might not be like that. We're not all the same." Alice may have disappeared last summer, but on Halloween night her former BFF Brooke disappears and the only person who agrees with her is her tutor, Iris - who may have been the last person to see Brooke alive. As they forge an unlikely friendship and investigate her disappearance, they uncover plenty of secrets and suprises along the way. What I loved about it most was guessing at how these two incredible authors wrote the story, having read books from each of them I was still blown away by how these two characters came together, and how effortless their banter and friendship seemed. The Agatha Christie quotes kicking off each chapter were the perfect nod to the timeless author, and got me in the mood for each and every scene. With great supporting characters that kept me guessing and plenty of action to move the story along, I absolutely loved THE AGATHAS, and hope this writing duo has plans to write more together in the future! Grab a friend to devour this one with; with plenty of fun twists and turns, you'll want to gush and guess what's next with someone and won't be able to put it down until you solve the mystery! So thankful to Delacorte Press + NetGalley for giving me an advance reader copy of this title to read and review, I cannot wait for it to be available to all readers it is AMAZING.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    I have two reading moods: smutty romance and YA murder mysteries. And the YA murder mysteries rarely disappoint. 😇 Not the best I’ve read and not the craziest of twists (I actually thought a twist was happening that I just completely made up but just saying 👀) but it was a good time and I enjoyed the narration and potential for a sequel! I also want to go read some Agatha. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 CWs: domestic abuse, murder, teen dating violence

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I love Agatha Christie and have binge read almost every one of her books, so “The Agathas” immediately caught my eye. I found it a fun and exciting mystery with an ever-increasing suspect list and secrets that kept me hooked. I especially loved all the references to Christie and would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of YA mysteries!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Booksneverdie

    I literally just finished The Agathas and IT WAS SO GOOD 🤌🏻 I have been looking for something similar like A Good Girls Guide To Murder for so long and this is it you guys! The mystery aspect, the detective skills, the nerdy girl teaming up with the “bitchy” popular girl to try and solve the murder of her ex-bestfriend. The possible suspects, everything was so well written and thought out. It has you hooked from the very first page and the pacing is amazing. I wasn’t bored for a minute (which, t I literally just finished The Agathas and IT WAS SO GOOD 🤌🏻 I have been looking for something similar like A Good Girls Guide To Murder for so long and this is it you guys! The mystery aspect, the detective skills, the nerdy girl teaming up with the “bitchy” popular girl to try and solve the murder of her ex-bestfriend. The possible suspects, everything was so well written and thought out. It has you hooked from the very first page and the pacing is amazing. I wasn’t bored for a minute (which, truth be told, I usually always am at some point while reading YA thrillers). If you’re looking for an amazing mystery/thriller read, please make sure to pick up The Agathas once it releases. I can 100% assure you that it won’t disappoint 🙌🏻 Full review to come soon!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    I loved this!!! I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and I've reread a number of her books referenced in this book recently, so I even recognized some of the specific quotes. This is probably most like a Good Girl's Guide to Murder, but it is definitely its own book. I really grew to love the two main characters, Alice and Iris, who were very well developed. Alice starts out as that popular, rich, mean girl that everyone loves to hate and Iris starts out as that quiet emo girl that people love to ign I loved this!!! I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and I've reread a number of her books referenced in this book recently, so I even recognized some of the specific quotes. This is probably most like a Good Girl's Guide to Murder, but it is definitely its own book. I really grew to love the two main characters, Alice and Iris, who were very well developed. Alice starts out as that popular, rich, mean girl that everyone loves to hate and Iris starts out as that quiet emo girl that people love to ignore, but the authors do a great job of letting you get to know them both. Included in this story is an aspect of domestic abuse, which felt like a natural part of the story, but the authors included a note about it at the end, which I appreciated. The authors also did a great job with the supporting characters, as well as the potential suspects, slowly unpeeling the layers, which kept me guessing all the way to the end. As much as I like a Good Girl's Guide to Murder, I had mixed feelings about the main character. But this book had me empathizing with both Alice and Iris and I loved watching them become unlikely friends and allies, as they worked together to piece together the clues. I have to add that there were also quite a few funny moments in the book, one of which included Alice speaking French to a bookie (I'll leave it at that). I sat there giggling out loud and drew some strange looks from my family, ha ha!), another of which included Alice and a horse. This was an awesome YA mystery and I hope they write a lot more books in this series because I will be waiting in line. I received an advance review copy for free from NetGalley and Random House, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Agathas is filled with endless clues, twists, secrets, and betrayals. From the very first chapter, I was completely hooked and wanted to know every little thing. It was honestly pretty hard to put this book down. It hurt my heart to press pause when it came to real life things. Eventually, I made me way through this and I was completely happy with everything. Well, okay, not all that happy because it's a murder mystery I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Agathas is filled with endless clues, twists, secrets, and betrayals. From the very first chapter, I was completely hooked and wanted to know every little thing. It was honestly pretty hard to put this book down. It hurt my heart to press pause when it came to real life things. Eventually, I made me way through this and I was completely happy with everything. Well, okay, not all that happy because it's a murder mystery but it was so good! After meeting the characters, it was very hard to figure out who was to remain a suspect and who was just acting suspicious. One would think the clues would help make the suspect pool a bit smaller but not for me. Nope, it's like I continued to add more and more people until the very end. Before I knew it, things were revealed, and we've got our murderer! I'm still thinking about the ending and secretly hoping we get a sequel real soon. I don't think I'll be able to wait long for another book but will try to be patient if it does become a thing. In the end, I'm really happy that I got the chance to jump into this book. I absolutely devoured this murder mystery and fell in love with the main characters. Definitely need more mystery fun for these kids! Plus, I need more magic from Kathlee and Liz!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lilibet Bombshell

    If you’re going into this book thinking it’s a cozy mystery, a closed-loop mystery, or a locked-room mystery, I’d like to disabuse you of all those notions right now. Just because this book takes a lot of inspiration from the beloved and dearly departed mystery writer Agatha Christie and incorporates a lot of elements that can be found in her numerous books means nothing in the face of the fact that Agatha Christie, in some way or form, influenced every mystery writer in publishing today. Heck, If you’re going into this book thinking it’s a cozy mystery, a closed-loop mystery, or a locked-room mystery, I’d like to disabuse you of all those notions right now. Just because this book takes a lot of inspiration from the beloved and dearly departed mystery writer Agatha Christie and incorporates a lot of elements that can be found in her numerous books means nothing in the face of the fact that Agatha Christie, in some way or form, influenced every mystery writer in publishing today. Heck, if anything, this book is simply calling a spade a spade by effectively saying, “Yeah, I totally read this in an Agatha Christie book. I think it’ll totally work. We should do that,” or, “I just read that once in an Agatha Christie book and she was totally right.” This book, my lovelies, is freaking fun as heck to read (look at my curse word censorship!). It’s a page-turner. It’s entertaining. It’s a compelling read that keeps drawing you further and further in, making you not want to stop reading because you just need to see what happens in the next chapter. This book, dear hearts, is one of those books that deserves a bookmark that says, “Just one more chapter”. There’s something magnetic about our two main characters, Iris and Alice. And I mean that in a metaphorical, opposite-poles way. Rich girl, poor girl. One aimless, one goal-driven. One has everything she wants but love and attention, one has everything she wants but money and safety. Two sides of the same coin and yet neither knows it until the death of one of their classmates and the consequential timing of the two of them being thrown together for tutoring ends up causing two girls looking for common ground to all of sudden finding out they make a great team together. This book doesn’t feel as long as it is, which is always fabulous when you’re reading a mystery, in my opinion. It took me until almost close to the actual turn to guess who the killer was, which is rare for me, so bravo to the authors for that. The writing is absolutely impeccable: bright, quick, clever, witty in places and sentimental in others (though never overly so). There are anthropological elements to the setting of this book that give the town and its people a distinct micro-culture feeling that I really enjoyed. The town of Castle Cove didn’t feel generic: it felt like an actual place, with its own cultures and social mores. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this series. I thought this was going to be a standalone, so I was actually ecstatic when I found out there were going to be more. So here’s to more Agathas in the future. May the next book shine as brightly as this one. Thanks to NetGalley, Random House Children’s, and Delacorte Press for early access to this title in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    Absolutely nothing to write home about. The dialogue is incredibly juvenile at times, the plot drags in others, I had trouble telling the two leads apart because they were often interchangeable, and so many events occur in such convenient ways as to work out for the story. I love the idea of a novel written with Agatha Christie in mind, but this was mostly a letdown.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan Myatt

    A fun YA detective story. A gripping and witty read 👍 and whilst the murderer sticks out a mile, it doesn't spoil the fun of the story. A perfect long weekend read. A fun YA detective story. A gripping and witty read 👍 and whilst the murderer sticks out a mile, it doesn't spoil the fun of the story. A perfect long weekend read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    hollie

    I really, really wanted to like this and it seems I am in the minority with my opinion but I found this book insanely slow and I wasn’t a fan of either of our main characters. I love a mystery but this book felt kind of predictable and I didn’t feel like I was on the edge of my seat. I do feel like some parts were drummed up to be very big deal and it really wasn’t. I also felt like there wasn’t much in terms of character development, particularly as we get into the middle of the book. Both girls I really, really wanted to like this and it seems I am in the minority with my opinion but I found this book insanely slow and I wasn’t a fan of either of our main characters. I love a mystery but this book felt kind of predictable and I didn’t feel like I was on the edge of my seat. I do feel like some parts were drummed up to be very big deal and it really wasn’t. I also felt like there wasn’t much in terms of character development, particularly as we get into the middle of the book. Both girls were the same as when we started reading and I didn’t like either of them when we started, so… I have read books from KG before (both 4.5 or 5 stars) which is why I was surprised to see how slow this was and how mediocre the writing felt. I just don’t think this was the book for me! I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kit Frick

    A twisty missing-girl mystery with two sharp-witted teen detectives you’ll instantly root for. Perfect for fans of Holly Jackson, Karen M. McManus, and Kara Thomas!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn K

    I read 50 pages of this book and was very bored. I didn't finish it. I thought thrillers were supposed fast pasted? I don't know if you like slow paced book and thrillers usually move to fast for you try this one? I like thrillers when it grabs me and it and pulls me in and I just can't stop reading this one just didn't do that. I feel like the characters didn't have much difference, like I would be reading a chapter and forget who was narrating. Overall maybe I'll come back in different mood b I read 50 pages of this book and was very bored. I didn't finish it. I thought thrillers were supposed fast pasted? I don't know if you like slow paced book and thrillers usually move to fast for you try this one? I like thrillers when it grabs me and it and pulls me in and I just can't stop reading this one just didn't do that. I feel like the characters didn't have much difference, like I would be reading a chapter and forget who was narrating. Overall maybe I'll come back in different mood but I think this one was just not for me. *I received a ARC from NetGalley. Thank you Penguin Random House!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 STARS SPOILERS BELOW 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 connec 2.5 STARS SPOILERS BELOW 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 are 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittanica Bold

    Growing up, I was a big fan of the Cam Jansen series, the documentary television show Forensic Files, and everything Zodiac Killer. This love of sleuthing and case cracking has followed me into adulthood with the likes of A Good Girls Guide to Murder, Snapped, Serial, and countless more morbid series. The Agathas delivered an intriguing, mysterious series of events that definitely tickled my prefrontal cortex! What I liked about the book: 1. For me, I can always tell a book is going to be g Growing up, I was a big fan of the Cam Jansen series, the documentary television show Forensic Files, and everything Zodiac Killer. This love of sleuthing and case cracking has followed me into adulthood with the likes of A Good Girls Guide to Murder, Snapped, Serial, and countless more morbid series. The Agathas delivered an intriguing, mysterious series of events that definitely tickled my prefrontal cortex! What I liked about the book: 1. For me, I can always tell a book is going to be good if it has a map! This one had a map and it was great, so for now the theory still stands. I also really liked how the date and time were presented at the beginning of every chapter, as well as an updated suspects list any time there was a revelation. It gave the book a real CSI feel to it. 2. I loved that the town is definitely corrupt and social media played a large part in outing them. The cops in this town were giving me Making a Murderer vibes reeeeal bad…it was fun to see a hashtag constructed by “just dumb teenage girls” develop such a strong public outcry over the cops mishandling the investigation. 3. As far as characters go, I have some thoughts: • I was really hoping for Alice and Iris to end up together. At no point is it mentioned that they could potentially be into each other, and we only knew them to have had feelings for men, but I was still hoping. There was just such a connection between the two women that I honestly thought that was where it was going to go. To me, it seemed to transcend a friendship level of care and compassion. “Alice Ogilvie, what have you done to my life,” I say softly. I mean, if a man said that to a woman in a romance novel, they would totally be endgame. • If Iris is going to end up with anyone but Alice, please let it be Spike and not that “bad boy”. Spike is a good guy, while the bad boy is kinda a man-whore and is definitely going to be involved in shady shit if there is a sequel to this book. • I loved that the guidance counselor was named Ms. Westmacott after Agatha Christie’s pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Such a perfect little Easter egg! 4. I appreciated that the ending was not what I saw coming. I pride myself on being pretty good at guessing whodunit, but I didn’t really figure out this one until the interview with all of Coach’s lady friends (almost at the end of the book). 5. The roller skating after school at the local rink was giving me total 90s vibes and I loved it! As a kid who hit up the rink after school with my super cool inline skates with the Lisa Frank stickers, I appreciated the vibe this created in the book. What didn’t do it for me: 1. I have long attested to the fact that I can read a book about two characters just sitting at a bus stop as long as the characters are good. For me, characters are so much more important than the plot. However, the characters in this book were the weakest link for me. I felt we really only got surface-level information on even our main characters, and a lot of the side-characters were very similar. With that said, obviously the plot was so good in this book that it still earned the rating it did from me even with fairly bland characters. 2. I love the potential for spin-offs I can see coming from this, but in the same vein, I feel there were quite a few things that didn’t receive resolution. Mostly about everyone’s home life, Remy Jackson’s murder, if Raf and Alice will be a thing, and if Iris will really date the bad boy. I really hope they do have follow-up books of more mysteries so we can explore these themes more. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children's, Delacorte Press, Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson for the opportunity to review this ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. 4 "Mistress of Mystery" stars!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Piya

    There are some books that take time to grow on you and then there are books like THE AGATHAS that you know you're going to love. I knew I was going to be in awe of this story before reading the first line and I most definitely am in awe now that I've finished it. I loved the girls, their crew, the storyline, the writing, their ~detective methods~ EVERYTHING. My only problem is that weak plot twist. Anyone can guess who the killer was. Sorry but that was weak and I'm taking stars down for that alon There are some books that take time to grow on you and then there are books like THE AGATHAS that you know you're going to love. I knew I was going to be in awe of this story before reading the first line and I most definitely am in awe now that I've finished it. I loved the girls, their crew, the storyline, the writing, their ~detective methods~ EVERYTHING. My only problem is that weak plot twist. Anyone can guess who the killer was. Sorry but that was weak and I'm taking stars down for that alone. I expected more considering this had AGATHA in the title :/ ↝3.5 stars rounded off to three I cant wait for the next book!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaya

    i want a series following these two because WOW THIS WAS GOOD. full rtc! a huge thank you to the publisher for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    I love Agatha Christie mysteries and have been anticipating this book for a while. I loved all the quotes from various Christie books and how Alice references what she think the author would do in certain situations. I don't know if many teenagers now would have read any of these classic stories and it made me happy to see that the books are still relevant. Alice comes from a wealthy family and is beginning to realize that her rich lifestyle and friends are fairly shallow and won't stick by her I love Agatha Christie mysteries and have been anticipating this book for a while. I loved all the quotes from various Christie books and how Alice references what she think the author would do in certain situations. I don't know if many teenagers now would have read any of these classic stories and it made me happy to see that the books are still relevant. Alice comes from a wealthy family and is beginning to realize that her rich lifestyle and friends are fairly shallow and won't stick by her in tough times. She's looking for something meaningful when she's partnered with Iris for tutoring. Iris is the opposite of Alice, she comes from a poor and abusive household and just wants to get out of town. I liked how the girls worked together and used their various skills and experiences to figure out what happened to Brooke. There's no romance in this and I loved it. We focused on the mystery and the friendship between Alice and Iris. The ending left a door open for a sequel and I hope we get one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    The Agathas is the best of both worlds: a charmingly classic mystery with a modern twist. I seriously had so much fun with this book, it reminded me of the first book in the A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series. It’s the perfect summer beach read. This mystery follows a girl named Alice Ogilvie, a rich girl who disappeared for five days after her boyfriend Steve dumped her, and she won’t tell anyone what happened. After Steve’s new girlfriend (and Alice’s former best friend) Brooke Donovan goes m The Agathas is the best of both worlds: a charmingly classic mystery with a modern twist. I seriously had so much fun with this book, it reminded me of the first book in the A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series. It’s the perfect summer beach read. This mystery follows a girl named Alice Ogilvie, a rich girl who disappeared for five days after her boyfriend Steve dumped her, and she won’t tell anyone what happened. After Steve’s new girlfriend (and Alice’s former best friend) Brooke Donovan goes missing and Steve is arrested, Alice takes it upon herself to prove his innocence. With the help of Iris Adams, Alice’s fellow classmate and tutor, the two girls try to figure out the mystery of Brooke Donovan with the knowledge of Agatha Christie’s works. SEE. It’s books like these that make me wish that I’ve read all of Agatha Christie’s books! I mean, sure, there’s like 76 of them but still. Every chapter of this book began with a relevant Agatha Christie quote! It adds to the charm of the entire story, especially if you know Agatha Christie’s books. Alice and Iris are very much modern teenagers worrying about modern things. I actually liked that aspect, because it kept the story from being too “cozy-mystery-esque”. The entire story takes place in a little beach-side town, so you’d think it would be very calm right? NOPE! I love how both of our main characters kept secrets, and while they took inspiration from Agatha Christie’s works, they always did their own thing. The PLOT. YES. I have several major complaints with the majority of YA mystery-thrillers but one of the biggest ones is the lack of complexity which leads to predictability. Luckily, The Agathas doesn’t have that problem. Even if I predicted something, it would be close to when it was revealed. The entire story is well-plotted, with plenty of twists and turns that keep it constantly exciting. It also rarely feels contrived. And most of the characters aren’t obnoxious and surrounded by useless drama that’s supposed to make it feel like a “thriller”. I seriously wish that this were a series because Alice and Iris have great friendship chemistry. They’re willing to do a lot of things to get the truth, and they have solid deduction skills! Plus, the side characters (particularly Iris’s friend group) are a ton of fun. I just genuinely had a great time reading this for countless reasons. So that’s it! Tell me: do you enjoy YA mysteries? This is by far one of my favorites that I’ve ever read. This comes out May 3rd! A huge thank you to the publisher for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen Petro-Roy

    So good!

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