Pros & Cons / The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore


Pros and ConsI didn’t have the time to get together my Love List this week, but I hope that this bonus weekend review will make up for it! Something about the crisper weather and Halloween fun makes me want to settle down with a new mystery or historical fiction each October; The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill combines both. From its cute cover to the 1950’s set story, this truly seemed right up my alley, but sadly, my feelings at the end were not the same. Read my full thoughts below!

Here’s a brief synopsis, so you know what the story is all about: Hazel Kaplansky is a firm believer in the pursuit of knowledge and truth — and she also happens to love a good mystery. When suspicions swirl that a Russian spy has infiltrated her small town of Maple Hill, Vermont, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, Hazel knows it’s up to her to find a suspect… starting with Mr. Jones, the quietly suspicious grave-digger. Plus she’s found a perfect sleuthing partner in Samuel Butler, the new boy in school with a few secrets of his own. But as Hazel and Samuel piece together clues from the past and present, the truth is suddenly not what they expected, and what they find reveals more about themselves and the people of their cozy little town than they could ever have imagined. {Goodreads}

The Spy Catchers of Maple HillLet’s discuss! First, have you read any of Blakemore’s books? The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill didn’t blow me away, but her upcoming 2015 releases – an adorable MG called The Friendship Riddle and a YA novel named Very in Pieces – have me intrigued. Second, do you know of any good Cold War books that I should check out? There’s a lack of stories set in this time period, but I know I have missed a few!

Have an amazing Saturday!


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