The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard

16 Dec

catladyThe Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer

By Lisa Orchard

245 pages – ages 14+ (ebook reviewed)

Published by Astraea Press on March 12, 2012

Sarah Cole, her sister Lacey, and best friend Jackie Jenkins, were scared. Not only did they find that the  woman in the neighborhood whom the kids call the “Cat Lady,” was murdered, but the cops found them WITH the body. After proving their innocence from the murder (which was hard, since Lacey had blood on her), the girls are free to go. Well, not really. A cop is sure they committed the crime and is out to get them. The girls decide they must prove they didn’t do it and solve the mystery. So, the Super Spies are formed.

The characters in this story are all very good and I enjoyed reading about them. Lacey seems like a nice girl, and Jackie was pretty funny. Sarah is a great female main character, though she can be quite headstrong. The plot was very well written and had the right amount of twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of  my seat guessing what was going to happen next.  The story had lots of action perfect for a murder mystery. The title threw me off, though. To me, it seemed like the Cat Lady was the killer, but maybe that’s just me. I think that the title, should be “The Cat Lady’s Killer” or a similar thing like that. The book is a YA book and the story had a little more violence than the usual middle grade books I read  (well – it is a murder mystery). The girls find the body and there’s blood. It would have been nice to leave some of those details out and have the book be good for middle grade readers too, because the story itself could be good for 12+ (but that is my opinion).

I give “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

To learn more about Ms. Orchard, please visit her website HERE.

39 Responses to “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard”

  1. Lisa Orchard December 16, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Thank you Erik for the wonderful review. I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Thank YOU, Ms. Orchard, for taking the time to comment! Your book was great! 🙂


  2. lionelsnod December 16, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Great review Erik! I so need to read this book. I have it on my Kindle, but life keeps getting in the way. I haven’t gotten much reading done at all lately. I LOVE the cover! Have a great day!

    Paul R. Hewlett


  3. Angela Brown December 16, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I knew I recognized this book. Lisa is such a wonderful author. Great review Erik.


    • Lisa Orchard December 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      Thanks so much for your kind words Angela! it’s quite a compliment to be called a wonderful author by someone as accomplished as yourself! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 17, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks Ms. Brown! Ms. Orchard is a great author!


  4. julie rowan zoch December 16, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Yikes – you read scary stuff!


  5. Michelle Isenhoff December 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Yay, Lisa! 🙂


  6. Catherine Johnson December 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    It’s wonderful how experienced you are now that you can tell if a book couldhave been better as MG. Soudns fab, Erik and can you believe I have only just received your book today. I can’t wait for Matthew to read it :0)


  7. Patricia Tilton December 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I’ve noticed you’re reviewing more mature books now. There is a big leap to YA. Enjoyed your review. Very fair!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 17, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      I am interested in some YA books but usually don’t read a lot. My Mom and Dad proofread YA books I am asked to review (or want to read), and then, if they’re OK, I am allowed to read it. This one was close because of the plot. My parents thought it wasn’t very graphic. I still am not allowed to read The Hunger Games… 😉


  8. KidLitReviews December 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    That cover is GREAT! I love the green cat eyes, they are so realistic.


  9. ontheplumtree December 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Great review, Erik! I always enjoy visiting your page as it’s a;ways full of cheer!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 17, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks Dr. Clune! I appreciate your compliment – it means a lot to me! 😆


  10. Genevieve Petrillo December 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m not a fan of cats, but I have nothing against cat ladies, so just for the record, it wasn’t me…..

    Love and licks,


  11. Jess@Fairday's Blog December 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning that this one is more YA than MG. It does sound like a book that will keep me on the edge of my seat. I was thrown off by the title too, but after reading your review it makes sense. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Great review!


    • Lisa Orchard December 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Jess. I hope you get a chance to pick up a copy! If you like mysteries/thrillers you’ll like this one! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      Thank you! It’s great! 😀


  12. jakesprinter December 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Great Book 🙂


  13. stanleyandkatrina December 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Wow, this sounds scary. You are reading YA now? 😉 I had to read the title a couple of times, so it isn’t just you. Have a great weekend!
    ~Cool Mom.


    • Lisa Orchard December 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Wow! I didn’t realize the title was confusing. I’ll keep that in mind for the next book I write! Thanks for the feedback! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 24, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Well, some YA. I barely read it. Mom and Dad have to give the OK 🙂


  14. readingwithrhythm December 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I had to look at the title a couple of times too. There’s no way a cat lady would be a killer! I’m glad she wasn’t.


  15. Myra GB January 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I always like reading your reservations about the books you review. Kind of reminds me how we would often check IMDB for parental advisory notes before we watch a movie together as a family. Haha. Do you have a Goodreads account, Erik? Would love to see your books there as well. I just asked my daughter to create her own Goodreads account. Also a very convenient way for her to keep track of books she’s read. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 11, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      I have a Goodreads account – for my blog. Haven’t thought about personal. Hmm… I’ll ask Mom (HA! I just realized – you asked your daughter, and I will ask my mom. Hmm… 😉 ).



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