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Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Scarlett Undercover

by Jennifer Latham

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Here's a hardboiled detective story with a twist: a strong female character chases down a mystery connected to her Islamic faith. I'd never heard of jinns in association with Islam, so that was something new and intriguing to me. Quick-paced, diverse and plenty of suspense. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This novel is mystery suspense.

Scarlett is sixteen years old, but she seems like she’s more in her early twenties. She has finished high school early and has an office for her detective business. One day a nine-year-old girl arrives and wants Scarlett to investigate her brother, whom she thinks killed a friend of his. The police believe the friend committed suicide, but once Scarlett meets the brother, she knows something is seriously wrong.

As Scarlett investigates, she discovers that her father’s murder and her own destiny are tied to this case. Everyone in her life except her sister knows what is going so, so Scarlett has to play catch up and try not to be killed like her father.

In this fast-paced novel, you will be turning pages as fast as you can read. ( )
  acargile | Nov 6, 2015 |
Nicely done standalone (so far), 3-4 stars, cannot really decide.
Different. Quite a few twists and who can you trust. No real fantasy, the question about Djinns bootle/ring was not answered, leaving the ending open.
Well done, and recommended, make that 3.5 stars. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
I loved just about everything about this book. The tone, the plot, the feminism, the characters, it was all great. Fast read, a little fantastic/mysterious, and really fun. wish it had been longer. ( )
  MizPurplest | Sep 21, 2015 |
SCARLETT UNDERCOVER by Jennifer Latham is a riveting detective novel for today’s teens. Move over Nancy Drew, Scarlett is on the case.

Having graduated from high school early, Scarlett has established herself as an urban, private detective. Her matter of fact approach is reminiscent of Joe Friday of Dragnet fame. Even the cadence of Latham’s writing fits with the methodical approach of Scarlett’s investigation.

What begins as an investigation of a questionable suicide, turn into a heart-pounding quest involving ancient artifacts, perceived magical powers, and possibly the truth about the death of Scarlett’s father.

Designed for ages 12 and up, this mystery provides an alternative to traditional detective novel for young adults. This sharp, black Muslim heroine provides a fresh perspective for the mystery genre and introduces readers to a diverse cast of fascinating characters. This book is an important purchase for those seeing to expand their inclusion of diverse works in their library collection.

To learn more about the author, go to her website at http://www.jenniferlatham.com/.

Published by Little, Brown and Company on May 19, 2015. ( )
  eduscapes | Jun 9, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316283932, Hardcover)

Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas. When a new case finds the private eye caught up in a centuries-old battle of evil genies and ancient curses, Scarlett discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks -- and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.

Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:06 -0400)

"Scarlett, a sixteen-year-old private detective in the fictional city of Las Almas, finds herself at the center of a mysterious case--involving ancient curses, priceless artifacts, and jinn--as she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks"--… (more)

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