Friday, October 21, 2011

Introducing...Sleuth or Dare

I'm delighted to share the details about my middle grade mystery series, SLEUTH OR DARE. There will be three books, released back to back in Summer 2012. How's that for exciting? And here are the awesomely awesome titles:

Sleuth or Dare #1: Partners in Crime (Scholastic, May 2012)
Sleuth or Dare #2: Sleepover Stakeout (Scholastic, June 2012)
Sleuth or Dare #3: Framed & Dangerous (Scholastic, July 2012)

And here's the cover for the first book!

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Isn't that fantastic? I love everything about it. The colors, the spooky tree, my girls with their flashlights. (That's Darcy on the left and Norah on the right.) It's just perfect. Erwin Madrid created the cover art. You can check out his website for more of his amazing work.

In book one, for a class project, Norah and Darcy create a website for a fake detective agency. But then that fake agency gets an email about a real case.

Here's the official synopsis:

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 someone else out there who doesn't want the two detectives stirring up any trouble. . . .

With the help of hidden clues, spy gadgets, and trusted friends, can Darcy and Norah crack the case in time?

Book #1 can be pre-ordered now from your local independent bookstore, Amazon, or B&N.

Or you can add it to your Goodreads shelf.

I'll share the covers and descriptions of books two and three when I get the okay.

The books feature suspenseful mysteries, friendship dynamics, and...of course...there's a boy. My main characters, Norah and Darcy, are nerds and proud of it. And they have earned a permanent place in my heart. I think the books are a lot of fun and I hope you will, too!

30 comments:

  1. Congrats Kim!!! This series looks so good! I can't wait to read it and tell my sisters about it too. :)

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  2. Congrats! It looks and sounds amazing. :)

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  3. Thanks Tristyn, Wendy, and Sam! :D

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  4. Oh, so cute!! Sounds exactly like the type of book I would have absolutely adored in elementary school (oh heck, even now). =)

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  5. Congratulations Kim! The series looks fantastic! I look forward to reading them, and I'll definitely share them with my girls:)

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  6. Gorgeous cover!! Congrats, Kim.

    Leigh

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  7. @Ashley - me too! I came up with the idea by trying to think of a series I wish had existed when I was that age.

    @Melissa - thank you!

    @Leigh - I gasped when I saw the cover. I love it so much.

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  8. OMG! Congrats, Kim! Love the cover and the series sounds awesome! =D

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  9. Sounds delightful!

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  10. Thank you Trisha, Gail, and Sarah! :)

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  11. AWW, love it!! Looking forward to reading these too! Go go go, KIM!

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  12. Congratulations, Kim! The new series sounds great and I can't wait to read the first book! :-)

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  13. This sounds so cute and I love that cover! Added it to Goodreads :)

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  14. Thank you Christina, DJ, and Small Review! :)

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  15. I am so excited about this news! The cover is adorable and awesome and I love it. And as a librarian, I'm doing a big hooray-you can never have too many middle grade mysteries!:) Congrats!!

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  16. Sounds like my kind of book, a MG mystery. Cannot wait for this one to come out. =)

    Congrats on the new series.

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  17. these look and sound awesome! Can't wait to read them :D

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  18. Thanks Orchid & Jennifer! :)

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  19. OH! I love it. Lily will love it too!

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  20. holy crap!!!! this is SO awesome! Huge congrats to you. Such fun!

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  21. How can I possible wait for summer! BIG congrats, Kim!!

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  22. Thanks Laura, Terry, and Randy! :)

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  23. This is amazing! I love the theme of the series (mysteries & friendship) and I think it's exactly what my little cousin needs to get her into my regular reading... or I could just *cough* hold on to them until she's ready ;) Love the cover too!

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  24. Thank you, Sharmaine! I hope she or *cough* you like the books! ;)

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  25. Kim,
    My daughter is an avid reader (she's 9) and she LOVES this series. She was so excited by the first two and she was on pins and needles for the third. We ordered it for her nook the day that it was available. She's read all of the books at least 3 times. She asked me to see if I could find out when there would be more books. Please tell me that there are more coming soon!

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  26. Is there going to be a book 4???

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    1. My daughter is hoping for more!! She is 10 and loves the series!!

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