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Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress is a sleuthing adventure novel for preteens and young adults written by Carrie Cross. The first day of a new school semester always made Skylar a bit nervous, but this one, the spring semester of her seventh grade, was particularly troubling. Becoming famous for having found a missing heiress’s jewelry and being interviewed on TV seemed to have made her everyone’s target -- from her fellow students to the teachers to even her parents, who were not all that comfortable about the dangers she encountered in her sleuthing activities. Skylar couldn’t help but look for puzzles and mysteries to solve -- it was in her genes. Her grandfather had been a detective, and she was following in his footsteps. And having found Xandra Collins’ jewels made her next sleuthing assignment a no-brainer. Where was Xandra Collins and what happened to make her fear for her life? Since she and her parents were now living in the big house formerly owned by Collins, this investigation was of particular importance to the teen sleuth.
While Carrie Cross’s exciting mystery novel, Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress, is geared towards preteens and young adults, anyone who enjoys puzzles and adventures will have a field day with Skylar, Alexa and Daniel as they follow a succession of tantalizing clues while dealing with overly cautious parents and jealous classmates. This was my first encounter with Skylar Robbins, and I had a grand time reading this well-plotted and engaging story. While this is the third book in the series, the author provides sufficient background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone. Cross’s characters are credible and finely drawn, her Santa Monica location is perfect, and her plot is suitably twisty and filled with suspense. Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress: Skylar Robbins Mysteries, Volume 3 is most highly recommended.