By: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Genre: YFCF - Crime & mystery fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Random House
Published: 02 Jan 2015
ISBN: 9780857987037


Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She's a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago's swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust.

For extra spending money Julep doesn't rely on her dad--she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average. But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep's carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel.

Even with help from St. Agatha's resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad's trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care.

With everything she has at stake, Julep's in way over her head . . . but that's not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.


This is a far cry from the usual teenagers books about love, life and boys. This is a full on adventure and mystery.

Julep is a high school con artist and a master of disguise. She knows every trick in the book, as she was taught by the best - her Dad.

When she comes home to find their apartment ransacked and her Dad missing, she starts asking questions. This sets off a whole new chain of events and Julep will need as much help as possible.

Her biggest problem is who can she trust. Sam, her faithful friend and computer hacker, Tyler the schools golden boy or Mike the struggling PI.

A fast paced, well though out teen novel that is remarkable for a debut novel.

I really loved this book with its complex main characters Julep and a cast of thoroughly entertaining characters.

Perfect for Year 9 and up who love a mystery ( and a little romance as well!)

Reviewed by Michelle