Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble:
(Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery Series)
by Kelly Brady Channick
About Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble
Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble: (Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery Series)
Young Adult Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Purple Milk Publishing (February 1, 2020)
Paperback: 260 pages
Digital ASIN: B0845LBTQC
Asbury, although a haven to shoobies (tourists) in the summer, is a divided coastal town. With the rich half living in the East, and the rest living in the West, most friendships stay within their boundaries. Luckily for a spunky-smart tomboy, a clever billionaire athlete, a gossipy-in-the-know cheerleader, and a wrong side of the tracks technological genius, boundaries are a foreign concept. In fact, Maddie, Cornelious, Carly and Pilot have been Asbury’s strongest quartet for years, despite their vast differences.
Nevertheless, after a few weeks of starting high school, the foursome’s friendship is tested.
After a string of burglaries in East Asbury, the gang decides to solve the crime as a reason to make time for each other. The further they investigate, the more they find themselves constantly side-stepping tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum-like policemen, outsmarting local bully JB and his gang of misfits, and dealing with Cornelious’ billionaire father and Governor—who has disapproved of his son’s choice of friends for years. In addition to these obstacles, the foursome must also adapt to their evolving friendship with each other and their peers.
With upperclassmen, teachers, and teammates vying for their attention, the gang must work even harder to root out the red-herrings from the true thief. Aided by Carly’s gossip, Maddie’s boldness, Cornelious’ quick-wit, and Pilot’s knack for technology, the gang soon discovers its edge over the local police department.
About Kelly Brady Channick
For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.
Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…
After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.
Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.
Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.
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My Review (4 stars)
“Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble” is Kelly Brady Channick’s first installment in the Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery series, and it’s sure to be a hit with the Young Adult audience. She has their dialogue and lingo down pat, and the coming-of-age issues she writes are so “high school!”
A “caper” or theft (and not a murder, thank goodness) is at the heart of this story. Capers really, because there are a series of thefts in the wealthier side of Asbury. The police can’t seem to figure them out, and they continue. The gang in this story – two from richer East Asbury and two from the West side working class district – decide to find the thief, or thieves.
West side (and tomboy) Maggie seems to head up the gang, but “Pilot” a computer whiz adds his expertise. Eastside football hero Cornelius and cheerleader Carly aren’t far behind. He provides access to the wealthy homes to investigate, and Carly, with her beyond comprehension knowledge of the school’s gossip chain, gathers the insider facts. I loved how this eclectic gang stuck together no matter what. And it’s clever how they figure out (and capture) the thief and partner at the end.
For me, however (WAY beyond high school), the boyish one-up-manship, snobbish preening, petty arguments, jealousies, endless “hanging” and eating, and yes, a few teenage put-downs of parents, got old by the middle of the book. And the progress of the investigation is stalled over and over by the various sports games, dances, concerts etc. It takes them the entire year to solve the mystery!
Of course, all that inside High School stuff is sure to be awesome! (or is that an old word?) for kids of that age. And the author has three more years of mysteries for this gang to solve..
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