Scarlett Undercover, by Jennifer Latham (book review) – teen investigating suicide & King Solomon’s legacy?

book cover of Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham published by Little Brown Books for Young ReadersNot a suicidal teen,
not a real-estate financier,
not a homeless woman –
is anyone in her town what they appear to be?

This is a teen detective tale with twists, as Scarlett’s routine investigation into a suicide turns up an online game gone deadly in the real world, mystical objects from King Solomon‘s days, and strange connections to her Muslim community.

Read the first 3 chapters here free – I know that you’ll want this May 2015 book ASAP!


Book info: Scarlett Undercover, by Jennifer Latham. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.  [author site]  [publisher site]   Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher, via NetGalley.

My book talk: When a young girl asks Scarlett to investigate her big brother’s connection to a recent suicide, the 16 year old uncovers local California teens lured into locating talismans belonging to King Solomon, unaware of their mystic powers or history in her Muslim community.

After their father was killed and a family heirloom statue stolen, Scarlett worked with area police in vain, then graduated early from high school, bored. Following their mother’s painful death from cancer, big sister Reem donned the hijab and went to medical school.

Now Scarlett is trying to find out if Gemma’s big brother made Quinn jump off the bridge, what the strange pattern on his wrist means, and why her sweet Decker has the same design on his chest.

Threats to a philanthropic building project, trying to keep Gemma safe, that symbol appearing again and again – Scarlett can’t stop looking for the answers.

Being followed on the street, ducking questions from her self-appointed guardian angel at the laundromat, summoned by a Muslim tattoo artist (when tattoos for Muslims are haram, forbidden) – someone wants Scarlett to stop looking.

A mystic quest, well-meaning family friends who urge her to leave now for college, kidnap attempts – Scarlett has her hands full and won’t back down till she solves this!  (One of 6,000 books recommended on

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