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On a quiet summer night, in the peaceful seaside town of Asbury, a local girl is kidnapped from her home.
That very same day, a car thief is chased through an empty car lot, narrowly escaping from their teenage pursuer.
Can the two be connected?
Once again, it’s up to Asbury’s favorite, fearless foursome to find out.
Carly, Maddie, Pilot and Cornelious enter the summer before their junior year ready for normalcy. After a few weeks of calm, it seems that Carly may finally have the drama-free summer of her dreams—other than her boyfriend returning from his two-week vacation hotter than ever, drawing interest from her peers.
Just as Asbury is lulled into a sense of serenity, tragedy strikes when a local six-year-old is kidnapped from her home…with no sign of a break-in, no ransom, and no reason. While the town is desperate to find the missing girl, car parts from Maddie’s father’s shop suddenly go missing, and the gang begins to wonder if the two are connected. With little faith in law enforcement, and prodding from Maddie’s younger siblings, the gang finds themselves at the center of the investigation.
Unfortunately, solving both cases isn’t so easy, as the gang must work around the continually growing criminal enterprise of the Pitbulls, the constant construction occurring around town from Governor Gibbz’s Grant, as well as their changing feelings towards each other. When Maddie and Cornelious begin to sense their friendship might be more than what they realize, jealousies arise as the teens garner attention from others.
With all these distractions, can the foursome save the missing girl and figure out who is stealing from Petrozza Auto?
Asbury High and the Kidnapper’s Drive is the fourth book in a thrilling young adult cozy mystery series, that fans of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Scooby Doo will love.
An Indie Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!
Debut author Kelly Brady Channick entices mystery lovers with twists and turns in this striking new series, perfect for fans of good old-fashioned mysteries, for all ages.
Available in paperback now too!
Where do you go to find inspiration? — Pilot Owens
For those who know me, I am…well, let’s call a spade a spade, shall we? I am a Computer God.
Seriously. Put a screen in front of me and I can pretty much guarantee results.
That being said, there are times when even I wonder, what else is out there? And no, I don’t mean that introspectively…I actually mean what else is out there (technology-wise) that I don’t know about—or that I haven’t invented yet.
And, as can be predicted, sitting in front of a screen for hours does the exact opposite of helping to guide my mind and ninja-focus my thoughts.
Luckily, I have found the optimum solution. I have discovered a place where I can go and find inspiration. And this place provides me inspiration of every kind. I have solved many problems plaguing my mind here. Whether it was wondering where I should take my amazing girlfriend (Carly Cosentino, if you don’t know her then take my word for it, she’s amazing), or how I can surprise her. Or helping me see through issues in a current case my friends and I are inevitably stuck on, this place rocks.
Where can I be talking about? Well, I live in a shore town, with the beach on one side and the bay on the other. And I also live on the West Side of town, where the western boundary of the town is a cool little place called Beyel’s Bay. Most shoobies (non-locals) stay away from this place, and even the native Asburyans tend to flock elsewhere.
In reality, there’s not much here other than nature. It’s kind of bog-like too, with the reeds popping up all over and the little animals scurrying all over.
And that’s just how I like it. I look out and see untapped potential! No, I’m not someone who wants to raze the area and build up here too—I want Beyel’s Bay to stay exactly how it is. I have even found a little rock-platform that juts out into the middle of an area of water covered by reeds. I don’t know if anyone else knows about it, but I’ve never seen another human there.
Ergo, it’s my perfect hiding spot. A reflection spot, if you will.
And it is here, where I try to piece together clues, invent new contraptions, and even back in the day—before Carly and I got together and I only dreamed of being with her—I would imagine ways to ask her out. Some of them were quite daring too if I say so myself.
About the Author
For as long as she could remember, Kelly Brady Channick loved making up stories and leaving her listeners/readers on the edge of their seats.
Perhaps that’s why she always managed to talk herself out of trouble…
After graduating from NJ’s own Ocean City High School, Kelly accepted a basketball scholarship to Holy Family University, in Philadelphia. As a lifelong athlete, Kelly understands the importance of teamwork and overcoming adversity, something she hopes translates into her books.
Before writing page-turners, she taught first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade — like a dessert menu, she simply had to test them all out. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time: writing. Kelly loves to craft whodunit mysteries, leading readers through various twists and turns filled with red-herrings, hidden clues, and more peculiar characters than a reality show.
Kelly lives in South Jersey with her handsome husband, energetic baby boy, two cookie-stealing dogs, and an awfully smart cat.
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