Wicked Games

· Hartley Grace Featherstone Mysteries Book 3 · Gemma Halliday Publishing
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From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a cosplay convention that turns deadly...

GamerCon has come to Silicon Valley, and high school reporter Hartley Grace Featherstone is excited to cover the convention that celebrates the history of video gaming and the latest break out titles causing a buzz on the scene. Case in point: the much anticipated Athena's Quest by hot young game developer Connor Simon. However Hartley's cavorting with Pokémon and Mario-loving fans gets cut short when, before Hartley can even try out the new game, Connor is found dead—bludgeoned to death by a gaming console!

GamerCon is suddenly a crime scene, Hartley is in the middle of a homicide story, and everyone at the convention is a suspect. From Connor's gorgeous girlfriend, to his overbearing talent manager, to his former partner with a grudge and an agenda, and his teenage protégée with a secret, everyone in Connor's life had a reason to want him dead. With the help of her bubbly best friend and the bad-boy editor of her school paper, Hartley finds herself wading through suspects, crashing crime scenes, and digging up evidence...all while dodging her mom's new boyfriend who just happens to be the homicide detective assigned to Connor's case.

As tensions escalate and the danger mounts, it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again...and it could be game over for Hartley!

Hartley Grace Featherstone Mysteries:

Deadly Cool – book #1

Killer Looks – book #2

Wicked Games – book #3

"Irreverently funny voice... wicked pace... explosive conclusion!"

~ Booklist

"Halliday balances the comedy and suspense notes well, keeping her characters intriguing and her narrative bright. Suspenseful fun."

~ Kirkus Reviews

"This fun and outrageous mystery is a perfect mix of humor and horror that will have readers laughing while they try to figure out 'whodunit.'"

~ School Library Journal

"I absolutely adore this series and these characters... it's smart, funny and full of heart."

~ The Book Life

Rating: This book does not contain any scenes with graphic gore, violence, or sexual content. Its rating would be similar to a PG13 movie or Hallmark Channel mystery. Themes encountered by real teens are explored, while keeping the overall rating and content appropriate for younger- and pre-teens. Consequences are shown for behaviors, and negative actions are not glorified. 

2 reviews
Kirsten Huskić
March 24, 2021
Hartley heads to a gamer convention with Sam, and winds up investigating the death of a game designer, who was found dead at the convention. Hartley and Sam, with the help of Chase, put their investigative skills to the test, to find the person responsible. I actually liked the girls' methods of questioning people, they weren't too pushy, and seemed to be fairly successful at getting information. I also enjoyed Hart's awkwardness with her mum dating, and cringed at the food her mum prepares. I really can't imagine how these things would taste! This was another fun addition to the series!
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Bernadette Cinkoske
March 24, 2021
In Wicked Games. Hartley, Sam and Chase are covering GamerCon for the school paper when the stumble across a murdered gamer. While the target audience is teens, I find these mysteries keep my interest. With Hart's mother dating the lead detective, Hart can circle in and out of his investigation. Ms. Halliday gets the nuances between teens and adults right every time. There are so many people who could want Connor Simon dead for so many reasons that Hart has plenty of clues to track down. I read straight through and did not guess the murderer.
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About the author

Gemma Halliday is the #1 Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of several cozy mystery and suspense thriller novels. Gemma's books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader's Choice awards, a RONE award for best mystery, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her large, loud, and loving family. Visit her at www.gemmahalliday.com

USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Fischetto, writes the Gianna Mancini Mysteries and Jamie Bond Mysteries series. She watches too much TV and movies, which fuel her never-ending supply of plot ideas, and is a rabid fan of suspense, horror, and everything supernatural. She lives in Western Mass with her family and a ridiculously large black cat and is currently working on her next project.

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