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The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer (Super Spies #1)

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the gir ...more
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Published March 13th 2012 by astraea press (first published March 12th 2012)
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Sep 22, 2012 Charity rated it it was amazing
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 9 years, 9 months

In the beginning Sarah and her sister, Lacy, are spending the summer with their uncle and aunt, but then they meet Jackie. After they meet Jackie, things do not go as they planned because the cat lady is murdered. We find out in the story that about thirty years before the cat lady's death, her son had been kidnapped. Sarah, Lacy, and Jackie become junior sleuths and solve the mystery of who murdered the cat lady. When they figure out who murdered the cat
Feb 08, 2013 Henrietta rated it really liked it
What would you do when your boring summer gets turned into something unexpected, exciting and dangerous?

Sarah is so not looking forward to spending her summer with her younger sister Lacey at their uncle’s home in a small town. She is a city girl and she can’t quite imagine herself living in a small boring town for the summer. But when she stumbles upon a ruthless murder, she decides she’ll investigate and hopefully help to put the murderer into justice. With the help of her sister and two frien
Jun 01, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer
By Lisa Orchard
Sam Spade watch out. Castle and Beckett move over.
There’s a new crime fighting team in town, Harrisburg, Michigan.
Sarah and Lacey, girls from the big city of Walker are spending their summer with their aunt and uncle. They don’t have any idea what to do until they meet up with Jackie who points out the local curiosity, the Cat Lady.
It isn’t until a game of ‘Truth and Dare’ that things get interesting for the girls, as in finding a dead Cat L
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jan 04, 2014 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
Sarah and her sister Lacey are spending summer vacation in Michigan with their aunt and uncle. Being from the big city, Sarah is afraid she’ll be bored. However, she quickly makes friends with a girl named Jackie, and on the second day of their friendship Sarah is dared to knock on the Cat Lady’s door. Did you know that the Cat Lady is a scary witch?

Well, Sarah’s summer starts off with a bang when she accepts this dare, only to discover the Cat Lady lying dead on the floor of her home. But that
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Jan 10, 2013 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it really liked it
Sarah and her sister Lacey have been sent to their Aunt and Uncle's house for the summer. Sarah is not quite sure how she is going to fill in her time without her friends and their regular activities... That is until she meets and becomes fast friends with local girl Jackie. Deciding on a game of truth or dare, Sarah finds herself taking the dare of knocking on the door of the town's resident recluse Mrs Fedewa or 'The cat Lady" as the local kids call her. But the girls get much more than they b ...more
Dan Rogers
Sep 14, 2013 Dan Rogers rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author as part of the launch of a new blog by authors of tween novels. Their blog may be found at
This was a very interesting and enjoyable book about three girls in a small town who happen upon a dead body. No sooner do they make their discovery than the police show up and arrest the three of them. The arresting officer is convinced that they are the killers and vows that he will prove it and put them all behind bars. Convinced th
Jul 08, 2012 Haley rated it really liked it
Firstly, my thanks to Lisa for providing me with a copy to read and for the chance of an honest review.

3.5 stars.

Lisa Orchard debut is a singularly one of a kind novel about suspense, friendship and the need to prove that truth and right will triumph over evil.


Sarah and her sister Lacey are stuck in some little town for the summer with nothing to do and she has very little expectations of good things to come. And good things don’t really come but life changing experiences do. Sarah me
Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Originally published in Night Owl Reads.

I was part of the book tour back in August and shortly after that, I was contacted by the author asking if I would like to read and review the book. Of course I said yes, although it took me a while to finish it with all the things that's happened in my life.

Anyway, the book, I enjoyed reading the adventures of the Super Spies. I have never read any Nancy Drew books (boohoo), but I have read one of those Sweet Valley mysteries and I do love watching crime
Laurie Cameron
Apr 29, 2012 Laurie Cameron rated it really liked it
Sarah sees a hunched old woman shuffle painfully down the street. “That’s the Cat Lady,” she is told by a tall girl who just happens to be standing nearby. On this chance encounter, the tall girl, whose name is Jackie, tells Sarah all about the Cat Lady who everyone knows is a witch and lives in a haunted house. Although Sarah, a big city girl spending the summer in the small town, may not fully believe Jackie’s tale, she is drawn to the tall girl’s totally outgoing personality and an instant bo ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Alishia rated it really liked it
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Sarah’s expectations for her summer vacation are low. She and her sister, Lacey, are spending their summer in the small town of Harrisburg, at their Aunt and Uncle’s home. Sarah is expecting a summer filled with long boring days, but she is about to discover just how wrong she is.

When Sarah meets local resident, Jackie, her expectations for the summer begins to rise – at least she will have someone the same age to spend her days with. The two girls, along with Sarah’s sister, Lacey, play a game
Dec 07, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r-complete, won
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book! Thanks to Jean Book Nerd and Lisa Orchard.)
Sarah and her sister Lacey are spending the summer with their aunt and uncle, when they meet Jackie.
Jackie quickly becomes their friend, and teaches them how to play ‘truth or dare’.

For Sarah’s dare, she must go and ring the doorbell of ‘the cat lady’ – an old lady who lives alone with her cats, who local kids call a witch.
Sarah is in for a shock though when she goes to the cat lady’s door and finds her lying
Melanie Adkins
May 16, 2012 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing
Sarah was sure this summer would be the worst. She was stuck in a small town at her Aunt and Uncle's house with her younger sister. How much worse could it get? Sarah then meets Jackie. They become fast friends and suddenly the summer doesn't look too bad. While sitting under a tree and talking, the girls begin to play Truth or Dare. It's a dare that leads Sarah to discover the body of the cat lady. Jackie had told her some pretty wild tales about the cat lady. Sarah wasn't sure whether to beli ...more
Shelly Hammond
Aug 09, 2013 Shelly Hammond rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I read by Author Lisa Orchard so I didn’t know what to expect. I always love digging into a book without knowing the authors style or what the book is going to be about. Will it be good or a waste of time (though no book is ever truly a waste of time)? This book was the first, a good fun read that I was glad to have had the chance to read!

I am quite a bit out of the typical age range for this book as its target audience would be the younger YA scene but let me tell y
Apr 12, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it
"The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer" by Lisa Orchard is a fun, intriguing mystery for lovers of YA mystery and suspense. I don't necessarily think you have to be a young adult to enjoy this story, although there may be times when you want to shake the characters a bit for the decisions they make and the things they get themselves involved in.

If you grew up reading Nancy Drew or Judy Blume, then this book will feel like a return to your childhood. What I found endearing about this novel, wa
Author: Lisa Orchard
Published by: Astraea Press
Age Recommend: YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

"The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer" by Lisa Orchard was a wonderful suspense mystery read that you will find yourself having difficulties putting this novel down until you were finished this fast paced read.

The novel takes on the story of Sarah and Lacey's summer vacation in Harrisburg,Michigan... visiting their Aunt June and Uncle Walt. Soon the girls becomes
Jade Varden
Jun 07, 2012 Jade Varden rated it it was amazing
This is a very fun and frightening read, which is a hard balance to strike. Somehow, Lisa Orchard manages it well. From the first page, I was completely drawn into the tale of two sisters who are visiting their small-town relatives for summer vacation. Main character Sarah meets a kindred spirit, in the form of wise-cracking Jackie, very early. Kid sister Lacey is tagging along with them, as kid sisters are wont to do, when the girls stumble headlong into murder and crimes going back to three de ...more
Heather Alexander
Oct 01, 2012 Heather Alexander rated it really liked it
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Sarah and her sister Lacey are new in town, staying with their aunt and uncle. Sarah meets the spunky Jackie and they become friends over a murder mystery. Everyone talks about the crazy cat lady, they think she's a witch, on a dare Sarah goes to her house. Unfortunately for Sarah, the cat lady has been murdered and a cop named Klosky thinks the three girls did it and swears he's going to prove it. They have no choice but to investigate and g ...more
Ella Medler
May 09, 2013 Ella Medler rated it it was amazing
The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer is a delightful YA mystery which has kept me entranced right from the very beginning. Yes, I know I hardly qualify as the target audience for this novel, but I forget my age when I read books. In many ways, The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer is like Harry Potter without wands.

The descriptions were perfect – not too much, but good enough to form a clear picture. I could see the ugly ‘face’ of the Cat Lady’s house, the willow with its drooping branches
***3 1/2 stars***

For the age this book is written for, I thought it was well written and interesting enough to keep a young lady's attention.

The girls get into enough dangerous situations that you'll cringe with fear and gasp with relief when they are safe again. :) Sarah can be a little on the sassy side but the three girls get along well enough and there'll be some laughs at some of their interactions.

*Thanks to SLBTours and the author for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
A.R. Von
Jun 14, 2012 A.R. Von rated it really liked it
A great YA murder mystery with quirky characters, surprises at many turns and fun through and through. It brought me back to my days of reading Hardy Boys and a few others in my young teen years (quite refreshing). Thank you for that Lisa :)

Sarah and her sister are visiting with their aunt and uncle for the Summer. Expecting a super boring time and getting everything but! Sarah and Lacey make a few friends, learn the lay of the land and all about the towns local weirdos to steer clear of. On a d
Apr 10, 2012 Rex rated it it was amazing
Well, Mrs. Lisa Cole Orchard, I finished your book. It was EXCELLENT! You see, I too share many fond memories of growing up in small-town Michigan and your references were spot-on! I caught myself eagerly reading, waiting for the next one… That is, of course, before I REALLY got sucked into the story of the Cole girls and their new friend, Jackie! What a great, well told story!

I thought I’d take a minute and tell you the trouble it ‘almost’ caused me though:

I sat down to start where I’d left of
Aug 07, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it


Fifteen year old Sarah and her younger sister Lacey have low expectations for their summer when they are sent to spend the summer in Michigan with their aunt and uncle. A boring summer turns exciting when Sarah befriends a local girl, Jackie, and while playing an innocent game of "truth or dare" they accidentally stumble upon the dead body of an old recluse nicknamed "the Cat Lady" by local children.

Accused of committing the murder, Sarah, Lacey, and Jackie must prove who really killed
Aug 08, 2014 OrchardBookClub rated it it was amazing
Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are spending the summer with their Aunt and Uncle in a small town. This is where Sarah meets and befriends Jackie, a local girl, who is all too happy to start telling the sisters stories of The Cat Lady who she believes to be a witch. anyway The Cat Lady is mysteriously murder and one of the local police detectives on the case is trying to blame the murder of the cat lady on the girl's. To save themselves from prison for a crime their didn't commit, they decide to ...more
Jul 10, 2012 January rated it really liked it
Sarah Cole and her sister are visiting their uncle and aunt in a small town for the summer. Sarah meets a skinny girl named Jackie right away, and they get along famously. In the midst of getting to know each other they stumble on the body of the local old lady recluse who has been murdered. The rest of the book unfolds with interesting twists and a second mystery is uncovered by the girls.

These characters were likable, and the villain totally scary. It started a little slowly, but the plot deve
May 25, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic novel for young adults. It’s clean – devoid of cussing and sex, which the YA genre is flooded with these days – while still maintaining a fast paced, interesting storyline. The characters were fairly well-developed and likeable, even if some of their decisions might make older readers cringe (like unwittingly contaminating a crime scene, perhaps?). As someone who enjoyed The Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew series when I was younger, I found this to be a highly enjoyable and sa ...more
May 31, 2013 JenniferJ rated it really liked it
Super Spies is a new series of books about a couple of young super sleuths meddling about, tampering in police evidence, getting into dangerous situations, oh and having loads of fun doing it!

A murder breaks out in town while Sarah and Lacey spend the summer with their aunt and uncle and the girls along with some new friends they made get all tangled into the mess and have to work together to clear themselves before a murder wrap gets pinned on them!

I loved this book! It kinda reminds me of a m
Jun 09, 2012 Sylvie rated it really liked it
Nice little book geared towards a teenage audience. When Sarah and her friends are accused of killing the Cat Lady, they have to defend themselves so they investigate to find who is the real killer.

The story is well built and the suspense gets quite high.

However, I was a bit annoyed by some incoherences. Some things they did, they should have known you can't do that. Especially when you are a fan of investigation programs.

Because of that, I give it a 3.5 instead of a 4.
Kerry-Ann McDade
Nov 03, 2012 Kerry-Ann McDade rated it liked it
The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer captured my entire interest with just it's blurb! It's an amazingly addictive novel that will keep you interested to read on! I loved it and it's going right up to the very top with my favourite books!

The way the author writes makes readers not just wanting to read more but needing to read more and I love when I get a book like that! :) Lisa Orchard is a wonderful author! Ones whose novels I will definitely be reading again!
May 24, 2013 Ricki rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery, bookclub, ebook
This reminded me of the mysteries I used to read when I was younger, but updated for today's younger adults. The mystery was perfect, and Orchard's writing was excellent. The only part that confused me was when exactly this took place over the summer and over how long it took place, because in some spots it seems fast, but then they would talk like it had been weeks.
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