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Sleuth or Dare #1: Partners in Crime [Paperback]

Kim Harrington

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May 1 2012 Sleuth or Dare (Book 1)
What if Nancy Drew met Veronica Mars, or The Baby-sitters Club met Ally Carter? The result would be this smart, sassy detective series for tweens!

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?

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Sleuth or Dare #1: Partners in Crime + Sleuth or Dare #2: Sleepover Stakeout + Sleuth or Dare #3: Framed and Dangerous
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054538964X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545389648
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Clarity

*"Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The suspense begins on the first page." — School Library Journal

"Clare is an appealing character with whom readers easily can identify." — Kirkus Reviews

"Twists, suspense, and a touch of romance keeps you guessing." — Girls' Life Magazine

About the Author

KIM HARRINGTON is the author of several acclaimed YA novels. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. She has no psychic powers and is cool with that. Visit her online at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and funny girl 'tween fun Oct. 19 2012
By Maggie Knapp - Published on
This cute, quick reading book stars "opposites attract" 7th grade best friends Darcy and Norah. They live in a small town in Massachusetts and when they create a pretend detective agency for a class project, the fake website gets a hit from a real customer! Darcy and Norah take on the case: find a missing twin. There is a great deal of fairly sophisticated humor in the book, with snappy retorts and funny asides. Both girls are types - Norah is the smart, rule-minding "nice one" and Darcy is the smart, computer-savvy rebel. Surprisingly, the one I had pegged as the "mean girl" type (Fiona) had more depth than I expected. I enjoyed this book and would easily recommend the series to `tween readers. The girls are solid at the core, despite their occasional bending of the rules, and the plot is exciting without being disturbing. The perfect audience are all the 4th or 5th grade girls who like mysteries. There are three books (so far) in the Sleuth or Dare series, this is the first one.
About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: Purchased all three in the series, for our library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, modern mystery series. July 29 2012
By Heidi Grange - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm reviewing these three books together because they go together. Each book is a continuation of the previous ones, which I like. It makes it seem more realistic. Norah and Darcy are best friends. Despite some differences they complement each other nicely. Norah loves astronomy and shrugs off the title of 'nerd' believing that intelligence is something worth sharing. Darcy loves black and purple and crime shows, she also has great skills on the computer that she sometimes misuses.

In the first book, Partners in Crime, Norah and Darcy form a pretend business for a class assignment. They are surprised when an anonymous someone seeks their detective help in finding a missing person. They decide to help but first they need to find out the identity of the person seeking their aide. Using Darcy's computer skills and Norah's inescapable logic, can they find the mysterious requester or the missing person?

In the second book, Norah and Darcy's friendship is tested when Norah starts spending time with Fiona, the most popular girl in school, and Maya, the quietest girl in school. But the friendship issues take a back seat when Maya comes to them with a problem, mysterious noises are coming out of a baby monitor while she's babysitting. Can they catch the culprit(s) and maintain their friendship?

In the third book, Norah and Darcy's friendship seems to be over, but is it? And what about Zane, Norah's crush, did he really burn down the field house or has he been framed as he claims? Can Darcy and Norah stop fighting long enough to find out?

This is a delightful new mystery series of special appeal to girls. Not only is the writing good but the stories are interesting and believable. They also involve the technological side of things involving computer hacking, smart phones, and baby monitors. Okay, so baby monitors aren't really high tech, but once you've read book two you might think otherwise. This is a great series to recommend to readers who've moved past Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys or who want a more modern type of mystery. I think this series will really speak to young readers, and I really enjoyed it myself
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!! June 2 2012
By Sandy - Published on
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This was a GREAT mystery, and I can't wait to read the next one in the series! The book is well-written (it always amazes me how many great writers still pop up from the up-coming generation!) and kept me reading it to find out the outcome.

The ending surprised me--I was determined NOT to look ahead and find it out ahead of time!--and left me feeling a tiny bit shorted. Also a few small mysteries were not resolved but probably will be in the next book. But, this is a wonderful and unusual book that will be great for our library!! You will definitely enjoy it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twenty-First Century Nancy Drew Jan. 15 2014
By Litterarum Studiosus - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
What began as a seventh-grade school presentation by polar-opposite best friends Darcy Carter and Norah Burridge soon turns into a real-life situation. The girls designed a website advertising detective services under the name Partners in Crime, and shortly afterward, someone emails them and asks for help finding their twin sister. The new detective duo decides to take on the case, their first, and what follows is a grade-A adventure. Throw in some threats and suspense and a surprising ally, and this story becomes an exciting journey full of technological thrills and perhaps a hint of puppy love.

With the Sleuth or Dare books, Kim Harrington creates a new girls detective series for modern readers. “Partners in Crime” is similar to a twenty-first-century Nancy Drew and is very relatable for middle-grade readers, particularly girls. This book is narrated in the first person by Norah, which enhances the relevance for readers. Given that Norah and Darcy are so different and yet best friends who stick together and help others their own age, there is also a strong message of loyalty and friendship. These two main characters complement each other very well, and they take a stand against bullying while dealing with typical situations, both in school and at home, that face contemporary middle-school students. Norah and Darcy prove that being intelligent and unique and not necessarily belonging to the popular, “in” crowd is ok and has rewarding benefits. The use of technology such as cell phones and the Internet, coupled with teenage lingo, ensures that the plot will be applicable to young readers. Also, several of the chapters have mildly frightening cliff-hanger endings, and the end of the story leads into book two, “Sleepover Stakeout.”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mystery Series! Sept. 17 2012
By Young Mensan BookParade - Published on
I liked the Sleuth or Dare series because they were good mystery books. Sleuth or Dare is about two 7th grade girls that made a mystery solving business as a small business for a school project. After the day that they presented it they got a real case. I think other kids would enjoy it because it is a fun mystery series that are solved by young teens that are good detectives.

My favorite parts were at the end of both books when the mysteries were solved and, the truth was told, and the clarets were caught. This book is special because it is a good mystery book series that shows how a young teen could become and dream what they want to be and they can dream big.

Kids in grades 2-9 and boys and girls would both like this book series. Anyone who likes mysteries would like this great series of books.

Review by Mensan Sophie T., age 9

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