Author: Kristen Kittscher
Publication Date: January 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction/Mystery
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Tiara on the Terrace brings back loveable Sophie and Grace, our two sleuths who last made their appearance in The Wig In The Window. After solving that crime, they are somewhat happy to get back to normal. Except they see danger and mystery around every turn! When they enlist to help with the floats at the famous parade in their town, a murder is the last thing they expect! But the perfect thing to back to spying!
This charming middle grade mystery book has it all. There are fun characters filled with strange mannerisms, clueless adults and two very smart and capable young girls who can see what no one else sees. Taking center stage is Sophie and Grace, two best friends. And that is the best best best part of the book. Their friendship is a very organic and honest look at two different girls who love each other, who grow together while facing their own coming of age and insecurities. There are a couple of cute boys who make butterflies in their stomach flutter, but overall it’s a story about Grace and Sophie. Trista, their other friend, plays a big role in helping the two girls solve the mystery too. I love how different Trista is from Sophie and Grace, beating to the beat of her own drum.
Oh yeah, and a murder!
The murder mystery is fun and there are a lot of suspects that could be the culprit. Middle grade fans will agree that while the mystery moves you forward, adult fans will enjoy the quick wit and fun observations of this town and its parade. I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but I enjoyed both of these books now! And I am far from middle grade.
And that’s a great thing. Kittscher does a wonderful job of writing for middle grade and adults. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will enjoy.
Overall, a great follow up to continue the adventures of Young and Yang. I hope we see them soon to solve another mystery!
Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream