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Crime Club

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Penny has moved with her mom and huge dog, Ollie, to live above a small-town pub owned by her aunt. It's a relief to start over in a place where no one knows her father is in prison.

It's summer, and the only person she knows is her nerdy cousin Simon. Soon she meets Simon's best friend, Brent, and Brent's twin sister, Tara, and their pug, Wolfgang.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
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Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, quick read that is smart, funny and quirky. It packs a lot into a short amount of time.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Crime Club is the first YA book in what I hope will be a series. Penny is the teenage daughter of a man who has connections to the mob and is currently in prison for murder, She doesn't know if he's guilty or not but she is told its for her own protection not to know anything. However, her life since his confession and sentencing has been hell in school. Friends are friends no longer. She is forced to quit going to school. Her mother decides to move to Canada where her sister has a restauran ...more
Kate Church
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read this book from netgalley. I absolutely loved it. It was well written and the characters were described well. Everyone y'all should read this book. ...more
Taylor Nabors
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was a fast-paced mystery from start to finish. The story covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time so you’ve got to be able to put the missing pieces of the story together on your own. When Penny and her mom move to a new town to start over after Penny’s dad was convicted of murder, they get more than what they bargained for. Nice short read with a happy ending and perhaps some budding romances?
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I became familiar with Melodie Campbell's books through the work that she does with The Hamilton Literacy Council. This was a super quick YA read. Always love books based in my neighbourhood! This book got me out of a reading slump so I was very appreciative. It was good to pick up a light quick read. Thanks Melodie! ...more
Sylvia McNicoll
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Melodie Campbell's writing, always snappy and humorous, this time with an edge.
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Erica Warner
Oct 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8/10

It’s a cute little quick read. A good book to read through if you’re in a reading funk and want something that kinda quirky and has cute moments throughout. Doesn’t go into much details about the main plot point but all in all not bad!
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keeping in mind this is a Young Adult novel, it is really enjoyable for this adult too! Crime Club is a quick, fun read for younger readers who love a good mystery - and for adults who want a fast paced mystery too. It has friendship, mystery and cute doggies! 5 stars!
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great high/low book. A compelling, fully-formed mystery executed in about 120 pages, with room for a sequel or series!
Nov 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that this will become a series. I liked the characters and the storyline.
Jan 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
Even if you are not a Young Adult, you'll have fun reading this little mystery. Easy little read take less than an hour, it's a complete and flushed out story. Superb!!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Crime Club by Melodie Campbell is a mystery that I have mixed feeling about. As an adult I wanted more to the story. If this book is for middle school age, I thought it was pretty good. Penny is 16 years old, but seems younger, and along with her mom and dog move to her aunt's home to help with her pub. Penny's dad is in prison, and her uncle recently died. Penny has one cousin Simon, and his best friend, Brent along with his twin sister Tara. When their dog digs up a human bone, the mystery is ...more
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