The Case of the Musical Mishap (Secret Spy Society Book 3)

The Case of the Musical Mishap (Secret Spy Society Book 3)
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March 28, 2023
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The Secret Spy Society is back with a new case to solve!

Peggy, Rita, and Dot are practicing for the upcoming band concert. But when the school's instruments start to disappear one by one, their big performance is in jeopardy. With the help of some secret codes and the most enigmatic women in history who worked as spies, with the girls be able to solve the mystery and face the music?

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Oboe! There are instruments missing!
(Updated: May 03, 2023)
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Peggy, Rita and Dot are practicing furiously for the upcoming band concert. Dot plays drums, Rita plays saxophone, and Dot is on trombone... but also causes a lot of problems when she fools around during practice. Annoying Mr. Volrath. When the girls find out that a concert is scheduled for the same day as a math competition, they don't know what to do. Peggy and Dot don't care as much about the math, but since that is Rita's forte, she wants to skip the concert. Mr. Volrath is very understanding of whatever choice students make, but when musical instruments start disappearing, the girls bring their detective skills to work. Ms. Khan, who works at the school, invites the girls to tea with the Secret Spy Society, and introduces the girls to a group of top notch code breakers who teach the girls some tricks. Peggy is sure that Mr. Volrath is behind the missing instruments, and sneaks off to the school with Chiquita, whom she leaves outside in the rain since she can't bring a cheetah into school even after hours. The school is empty but unlocked, so Peggy goes inside. She is surprised to find Matthe in the building. He claims to be in the building studying for the competition all weekend, but things quickly change. Rita and Dot worry when Peggy doesn't come home, and head off with the spies to try to find her.

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This volume uses purple along with the black in the illustrations, and again highlights not only many women spies of the past but also has a bit of information about the women who broke codes during World War II. There are times when students have to choose between activities, and it made sense that Rita and Matthew were deeply invested in their math pursuits.

I wasn't a huge fan of Peggy's behavior. In addition to being disruptive and rude in band class, she endangers herself running off at night during bad weather. It also seemed unlikely that a school building would have been wide open!

Young readers who have graduated from Quackenbush's Sherlock Chick or Miss Mallard mysteries and who are interested in Roy's A to Z Mysteries, Warner's Boxcar Children or Magaziner's Case Closed books will find the Secret Spy Society an appealing way to solve gentle mysteries while supported by a host of historical characters.
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