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The Night In Question: An Agathas Mystery

Authored by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson
Published by Oneworld Publications

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The Night In Question: An Agathas Mystery is the second book in this series from authorial duo Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson. This young adult, mystery thriller is a true guilty pleasure, perfect for lovers of this genre, but also perfectly poised to draw in readers who may not yet have discovered the joy of mystery thrillers.

Alice Ogilvie and Iris Adams are at it again in this fast-paced novel, carrying on after the lively action of the first book, The Agathas (2022). This time round, our two heroines are challenged with cracking another case, this time, an attempted murder in their hometown of Castle Cove, California. During the school’s Sadie Hawkins dance at Castle Levy, one of their classmates is brutally attacked. As a result, Alice and Iris, opposites in every way except for their love of solving crimes, are pulled back into the world of investigating clues and ruling out suspects. What will they uncover as they set out to solve the attempted murder case of classmate Rebecca Kennedy? What dangers lie ahead and how will they avoid becoming victims, themselves?

I’m not usually a fan of the mystery genre, but I have to say that this novel drew me in from the start. Having come to this series in book 2, I think that the reader would have a better experience by starting with The Agathas and then moving onto this second book as there is a better opportunity to get to know the characters. With so many suspects and motives, it’s often difficult to keep track of who’s who, but this is typical of the genre.

I particularly enjoyed the element of a ‘closed-circle mystery’ which set the scene for the attempted murder at Levy Castle, a central tenant of this novel. A ‘closed-circle mystery’ is one in which there are only a certain number of suspects for the crime as all are confined together at the scene of the crime. Think Murder on the Orient Express – a proper who dunnit-style mystery with our amateur sleuths at the helm! This book keeps you guessing right until the final page.

Team Agatha (so named as both heroines are big fans of Agatha Christie) is the perfect combination of mystery-solving deliciousness – Hercule Poirot meets Miss Marple. For those who enjoy the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series by Holly Jackson, this modern-day Nancy Drew for older readers would be a perfect choice. The Agathas are female detective heroines for a new generation.