Barely three weeks after catching the killer of Erin’s mother and their biology teacher, Erin and her crew are back, up to their elbows in forensics projects. But this time it’s with the full approval of their parents.
With Uncle Victor at the helm, Erin and her best friends, Spam and Lysa, are prepping a new classroom for CSI summer camp, where they will serve as camp counselors. Meanwhile, Erin’s super-hot new boyfriend, Journey, is graduating, just in time for him to take a position as Victor’s intern in the new CSI lab on campus. Journey and Victor are going to take another look at the evidence in the murder trial that sent Journey’s father to prison. The girls are under strict orders not to meddle with the murder case, but that’s easier said than done…
Praise for TO RIGHT THE WRONGS
“Scarborough has written an intense, engrossing debut. Readers will root for Erin to find answers, laugh at her friends’ antics as they play detective, and struggle to identify the killer in a plot full of red herrings and multiple suspects. This solid mystery will easily grab the attention of fans of the genre.” ―Booklist
“To Catch a Killer is a tense, storming heartbeat of a thriller. Scarborough’s tightly woven story merges forensic intrigue with friendship, romance, and family, nailing the dynamic stylings of Veronica Mars and the playful spirit of Bones. I could not put it down.” ―Cori McCarthy, author of Breaking Sky
“The fast-paced plot and Veronica Mars-esque protagonist make this book a good fit for avid mystery readers.” ―School Library Journal
“A relatable cast and well thought-out plot make this mystery a Sherlockian puzzle sure to impress the most hardened crime-procedural fanatic. Don your deer-stalker caps, gumshoes, you’re in for a twisty ride.” ―Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I’m Lying
“Scarborough brings Erin to life as a teenager with a damaged past…there are enough red herrings and forensic activity to keep everyone entertained all the way through the climatic end.” ―VOYA
“A compulsive read. Scarborough has created a thrilling book brimming with life, murder, and adventure.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Flying
First, I want to say thank you to Jean Book Nerd for the opportunity to be a part of this book tour. I want to also thank Tor for the book so that I could review it. What follows is my honest opinion of the book. I wasn’t compensated in any way. With that out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff.
To Right the Wrongs is one of those sequels that ups the ante from the first. In the first one, we meet Erin and her group of friends. The main mystery dealt with Erin’s science teacher’s murder and the friends were more of just supporting sounding boards. In this one, they not only kept with their supporting role, but also grew as characters themselves.
We get to see more of Lysa and Spam’s genius. Which I absolutely loved. Some of Spam’s inventions do seem a little advanced, but given with today’s technology, they aren’t that out of reach. I wish I had a girl like Spam in my high school. That would have been fun. Really, I wish we had a Lysa and Erin too.
The trio’s friendship is only stronger in this one. You see little mannerisms and inside jokes that don’t leave you out of the loop. They are a real group of friends and I wanted to join in. Add their incest need to solve a mystery and they are awesome.
The mystery is definitely upped in this book. In the first, we only really have one murder to solve that happened to solve another. In this one, we have the mysterious identity of “The Skateboarder” and the investigation of freeing Journey’s father from prison. As if that wasn’t enough, we also have the girls prepping for CSI camp and the normal every day family drama.
Just like with the first book, it was easy to start and run through the whole book. I seriously enjoyed myself with this book. The characters only become that much more interesting as the world unfolds. For fans of the first book, they won’t be disappointed. For fans of crime books and snarky teens, you won’t be disappointed.
The downside about this book? That the third one isn’t in my hands yet.
Final Rating: 4/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SHERYL SCARBOROUGH is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. To Catch a Killer is her debut.
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