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Whodunit?

When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up with a great idea: a detective agency! Darcy loves mysteries, and Norah likes helping people, so it's a perfect fit.

But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it's up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Unfortunately, there's

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Paperback, 179 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Scholastic, Inc.
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PoojhaP
Norah and Darcy have been friends forever. For a school project, they decided to make a detective agency. But they were wrong about it being fake. Somebody has eventually gone missing! And worse, somebody doesn't want them to interfere! Will they find the victim before it's too late? Well, to attach with the summary, This book is a really good starting to the sleuth or dare series. Read it if you can!!
Rebecca
As an avid Kim Harrington fan I was excited to read her middle grade mystery series. The first book was so awesome it had me laughing at many points and I just thought the whole thing was really entertaining.
The story was really cool. The mystery was interesting and it was something a little different. I say that because most of the time I’m reading murder mysteries. Anyway, this mystery was quite refreshing and while I predicted it my 12 year old self would have greatly appreciated it.
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daysi
I liked this book because it is really mysteryious and entertaining.
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Nikki Mutch
A fresh take on a middle grade mystery series. My 10-year-old self would have been all over these, begging to buy the 2nd and 3rd in the trilogy. Charming and full of likeable characters.
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Darcey and Norah have been friends for as long as they can remember. So fast forward to grade 7. The girls are still best friends, and there teacher gives them an assignment to make a fake business. So the friends decide to make a detective business. Little do they know, soon they will have to solve a REAL mystery. The client, who they do not know quite WHO it is,they req
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Crystal Books Unbound
Honestly you guys, I never thought I would be interested in reading middle grade. But when I discovered that Kim Harrington had written a new middle grade mystery series, I thought I would give it a chance. And I’m so glad I did! It’s fun, fast and a really great adventure.

Harrington’s Partners in Crime really packs a lot of punch in less than two hundred pages. It literally had me guessing until almost the very end. It was a really in-depth mystery that I don’t think I would have been able to f
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Shanella
Sleuth or Dare is a middle grade series by Kim Harrington about two best friends who start their own detective agency.

Darcy is obsessed with crime shows, is a whiz at computers and loves to dress exclusively in black and purple. Norah is obsessed with astronomy and loves helping people in need. They are both self-professed nerds and proud of it as well as best friends from the time Darcy moved in next door.

When the girls have to create a fake business for class, they agree on a detective agenc
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Ms. Yingling
This is the first in a new middle grade series by Kim Harrington, who did the extremely popular YA series Clarity and Perception. Best friends Darcy and Norah have a class project requiring them to set up a pretend business. They decide to create a web site for a detective business, since the dark, edgy side appeals to the borderline Goth Darcy and the good girl Norah who likes to help people. Even though their web site is available only on the school Intranet, they get an e mail from someone as ...more
Mrs. Knott
This is a cute series for girls. The two best friends in this series couldn't be more different. Darcy likes to live on the edge (well, as much as a seventh grader can), she wears black and purple clothes, has a purple streak in her hair, and is very good at technology (I kind of pictured her as a younger, more "safe" Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Her best friend, Norah, plays by the rules, dresses conservatively and studies hard. The girls are matched up together on a ...more
Heidi
I'm reviewing these three books together because they go together. Each book is a continuation of the previous ones, which I like. It makes it seem more realistic. Norah and Darcy are best friends. Despite some differences they complement each other nicely. Norah loves astronomy and shrugs off the title of 'nerd' believing that intelligence is something worth sharing. Darcy loves black and purple and crime shows, she also has great skills on the computer that she sometimes misuses.

In the first b
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Henrietta
Norah and Darcy are seventh graders. Preparing for school project can be time-consuming but this doesn’t mean Norah and Darcy are not enjoying their time working together. They come up with an idea to create a detective agency as their fake business for their social studies assignment. Darcy even sets up a web site showcasing the fake business on the school’s server! Soon after they make a presentation about their business in front of the class, they receive an email requesting them to help and ...more
Lisa
Earlier this year, I embarked on a mission to get the old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books circulating in my library. After reading the first three pages of The Mystery of the Old Clock, I sadly realized that Nancy Drew no longer spoke to young readers. So when I saw this new series, I pounced on them. When the books arrived, I grabbed the first and kept it in a safe place until I could give it the attention I thought it deserved.

I was willing to overlook the so-so writing and the bland characte
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Brittany
Norah and Darcy have to create a fake business for a school project. Darcy is obsessed with detective mysteries so she decides they should make their own detective agency. Norah goes along, because it's the best idea they've had. Darcy is a computer whiz, so they decide to make their presentation the best and have a website for they're company. Then they get an e-mail. Someone has found their website and wants them to help locate their twin. The girls aren't sure what to do, but decide to at lea ...more
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

I really enjoyed Kim Harrington's young adult debut book, CLARITY, also a mystery book, so when I saw that she had a middle grades mystery series also, I made sure to get it right away. Part of the reason is that so many of my students liked CLARITY also, so it's always nice to have a favorite author in the classroom, but also because some of my students aren't ready for the maturity of the young adult book yet, so I was hopeful that the SL
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Sarah
What began as a seventh-grade school presentation by polar-opposite best friends Darcy Carter and Norah Burridge soon turns into a real-life situation. The girls designed a website advertising detective services under the name Partners in Crime, and shortly afterward, someone emails them and asks for help finding their twin sister. The new detective duo decides to take on the case, their first, and what follows is a grade-A adventure. Throw in some threats and suspense and a surprising ally, and ...more
KayLee J.
I currently finished reading Partners in Crime by: Kim Harrington. This book hooked me in on the very first page. It starts out with two best friends Nora & Darcy. They each are super smart, but have total different interests. When their Social Studies teacher assigns partnerships to create a small fake business. Together they create a fake detective agency. At that point I felt more and more questions coming into my mind like: They start out fake, but then what if someone sends them a real ...more
Kidsmomo
Review from Karen, intended for young readers:

As soon as I heard the premise of the Sleuth or Dare series by Kim Harrington, I just had to read it — and I was not disappointed! (And I’m not just saying that because I work at the company that publishes the books; I don’t work on them at all myself anyway.)

Best friends Darcy and Norah set up a fake detective agency for a class project, but before long, they get an anonymous message asking them to solve a real mystery! Even though they’re just midd
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Stephanie
If you like funny books with unique characters then you will be enchanted by Scary School by Derek the Ghost. Derek is a character that I could easily relate to because he is nice and does like to help other people. Plus he is witty and tells the story with such honesty. The school is definitely dangerous, but even with all of the deaths it wasn’t very gruesome. I thought the names of the teachers in the book were very creative. There were also drawings to go with each chapter, which added a lot ...more
Karol
This is a fabulous introduction to the Sleuth or Dare series. I received my copy from Kellogg's and Scholastic's Free Book offer. Which makes it even better as I grew up with and still purchase Kellogg's cereals and Scholastic books.

Darcy and Norah made me think of my best friend, Ro, and me as if we were their age and they were us. Partners in Crime is intriguing and entertaining. I can hardly wait to read the other books in the Sleuth or Dare series.
Tommy Hancock
I honestly read this book because it was just kind of... there. I had no clue what to expect, and went in with literally no hopes. That said, I enjoyed it. It was funny, well written, and while I typically guess the ending of most "adult" mysteries I read, this conclusion threw me for a loop.

I didn't love it, but it was funny, well written, and something I could see kids really losing themselves in. I'd read book 2 were it to float in front of me somehow like book 1 did.
Claire
Oh My Goodness! I love these girls! Darcy and Norah are fantastic. They are not the popular girls and it is so refreshing not to read about popular bitchy girls! They are just themselves and they are happy with that. Even popular girl Fiona is really quite nice. Better yet, Darcy and Norah are smart girls. Norah wants to be an astonomer and Darcy is, at 12, is already a computer hacker. I love that these girls are bothered with clothes and love that Darcy is pretty much living in black and purpl ...more
Hanna
This book was very suspenseful and I couldn't put it down. Normally I'm not into mysteries, but this is the first series I really loved. As soon as I finished the first book, I read the next two right away. I highly recommend this series to tweens!
Patricia
Darcy and Norah are paired up in their social studies class to create a small business. They come up with the idea of a detective agency complete with website. The present it in class and in record time have their first customer who says her twin sister is missing and could the agency find her. It doesn't take long before they start getting threats which makes them all the more eager to solve this mystery. They are joined by Fiona, the "stylish" girl at school who usually doesn't have anything t ...more
Sabine
I read this book with my 10 year old daughter and she absolutely loved it. It is a very good story and kept her throughout interested. The end was not really realistic but works great for children. We shared a lot of fun and laughter.
Jan
Norah and Darcy have been best friends forever and do everything together. When they have a school project to create a small business, they decide to create a web page for a detective agency. But before they can take the site down, they get a job, trying to locate the twin of someone in their class. Before they know it, they are caught up in a real mystery.

This was a fun book. It was great for a lunch book. I really like Norah and Darcy. I think tween girls in particular will enjoy it. The myste
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Eric
Aug 16, 2014 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle School Age Readers
Recommended to Eric by: Nobody
Elementary, Dr. Watson? This is not at all the case, unmistakably, this is Middle School!
Anne Kelly
Such a great story. It would be awesome if things like that happen in real life. My mom got bought me this book thinking I would like it, and she was right. I'm gonna ask my mom to get me the other two books so I can have the whole series. To sum it all up, Nora and Darcy make a fake detective agency and get a real case. As you can tell, I really liked this book.
Claren
When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up with a great idea: a detective agency! Darcy loves mysteries, and Norah likes helping people, so it's a perfect fit.

But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it's up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Unfortunately, there's someone else out there who doesn't want the two detectives stirring up any trouble. . . .

With the help of hidden clues, spy gadgets, and
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Kim Harrington is the author of CLARITY, PERCEPTION, THE DEAD AND BURIED, the SLEUTH OR DARE series, and FORGET ME (as K.A. Harrington). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation.
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