In the Club (Celebutantes Series #2)

In the Club (Celebutantes Series #2)

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by Antonio Pagliarulo

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The school year’s almost over, and Madison, Park, and Lexington Hamilton are ready to trade in their Birkin bags for bikinis. But before vacation comes work, and the triplets have plenty of it. Cleopatra, the newest, hottest, and most expensive club in Manhattan, is opening–and it just happens to also be Hamilton Holdings’ latest business venture.


The school year’s almost over, and Madison, Park, and Lexington Hamilton are ready to trade in their Birkin bags for bikinis. But before vacation comes work, and the triplets have plenty of it. Cleopatra, the newest, hottest, and most expensive club in Manhattan, is opening–and it just happens to also be Hamilton Holdings’ latest business venture. The girls must throw the party to end all parties. But this is one opening the sisters won’t soon forget. Before the night ends, the body of a classmate is found with a bloody wound on the side of his head. At first glance, the case appears to be open-and-shut. But the girls smell trouble. They know the murderer is still out there, and they’re willing to bet their sizable inheritance that the police won’t be able to unravel the mystery. Murder is so out, but until this crime is solved, it’s arrivederci Italia. And the Hamilton sisters simply won’t accept that as an option.

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Celebutantes Series , #2
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She reached for her sunglasses.

Madison Hamilton dug into her tan Triple Threat hobo bag and felt instantly relieved as she touched the smooth silk lining. After a harried morning that included a press conference and two final exams, she needed a little fabric pick-me-up. She also needed to hide the worry glowing in her eyes. The last thing she wanted was someone asking her why she looked so downright frightened.

She let her fingers skim through the bag for a few moments, the silk a cool kiss against her hot skin. It was like a shot of champagne straight to the veins. A feeling of serenity washed over her, but it was quickly eclipsed by the small note sitting on the table in front of her. She stared down at the perfect script and swallowed hard.

Please report to the principal’s office at once.

Sighing, Madison snatched her sunglasses from the bag and slipped them on. Oliver Peoples couldn’t be beat when it came to covering up. She lifted her face and glanced around the ornately furnished room. The student lounge at St. Cecilia’s Prep was decorated lavishly in dark wood and Oriental rugs, in shiny plasma screens and marble countertops. Its four windows overlooked the medieval courtyard, but a thick trail of ivy wound over the glass panes, blocking out the bright June sun. The long shadows that fell across the floor didn’t matter: sunglasses were a priority when it came time to make the walk down the fifth-floor corridor that led to the principal’s office.

Thankfully, the student lounge was fairly empty so late in the afternoon. Madison shot a glance at Jessica Paderman, who was sitting at one of the mahogany desks beside the bookcase. Short, scrawny, and blessed with a mane of thick red hair, Jessica was the heiress to a huge pharmaceutical empire; she was a quiet, studious, timid girl who never got into any kind of trouble. Madison had spoken to her only a handful of times. There was no reason to suspect that Jessica knew about the note from the principal’s office, so she let her gaze drift to the left side of the room, where Aaron Linney was snoozing fitfully on one of the plush love seats. The light snoring sound wafting through the air was typically Aaron. Also the heir to a sizeable fortune, Aaron had a habit of smoking too much weed and drooling onto his wrinkled white uniform shirts. Madison doubted he’d heard anything about the note either, or much else, for that matter.

Getting summoned to the principal’s office wasn’t really a big deal at St. Cecilia’s Prep. The school had the wealthiest student body in the world, which left little room for disciplinary action or useless things like detention or suspension. Punishments were handed down, but they were rarely ever meted out. A single phone call from a disturbed parent usually swept a problem under the rug. And because a large chunk of the students were celebutantes with very public social lives, the nuns who staffed the school couldn’t really argue their holy points. Incidentally, these were the same nuns who received generous donations and academic endowments from parents eager to buy a little silence.

But Madison was still totally wrecked by the note. She had no idea why she was being called to the office of Reverend Mother Margaret John—the stern, disapproving principal. Madison was a stellar student. She was even an obedient student, smiling and nodding and dipping into a quick curtsy when the older teachers walked by her in the halls. More than once, she had volunteered her free time in the school’s development office, giving her expert advice on fund-raising and special-event planning. Her black-and-red-checkered uniform was perfect: crisp shirt, navy blazer buttoned just above the waist, tie knotted firmly at the neck, skirt flowing past the knees. Like everyone else, Madison hated the uniform, but she never followed the examples of her female classmates, who had their skirts professionally altered nearly up to their butts. Thighs must be seen to properly show off a tan.

So why the note?

I can’t be in trouble, she thought. I haven’t done anything wrong.

She had been sitting in the student lounge for fifteen minutes, trying to delay the inevitable. Now it was time to get up and face whatever awaited her on the fifth floor. She pushed the sunglasses further up on the bridge of her nose and reached for her bag. But before she could rise out of the chair, she saw a tall, gangly male figure jump through the doorway like a giant grasshopper, stomping his feet and breaking into a funny dance. His practical joke shattered the silence in the room.

Jessica Paderman nearly shot out of her chair.

Aaron Linney opened one eye, recognized the culprit, and resumed his snooze.

It was Madison who laughed. “Damien Kittle,” she said with a shake of her head. “When will you ever grow up?”

Instead of answering, Damien Kittle launched into a new dance, spinning around, kicking up his knees, banging his head as if he were at a heavy metal concert. He held his arms up and out and twitched his fingers, playing an imaginary guitar. “You won’t be finding me actin’ like an adult anytime soon, Miss Hamilton,” he said.

Madison couldn’t help but smile. Watching Damien Kittle in action was an event that rivaled front-row seats at a Cirque du Soleil performance. As she stared at him, taking in his wild antics, she felt some of her anxiety melt away.

Damien was a senior at St. Cecilia’s Prep—and probably the only true blue blood. He had English royalty in his veins. His official title was Duke of Asherton, but he hated admitting it to people. In fact, he liked to project an image that was entirely at odds with the prim and proper role of the British throne. Perfect posture? A staid demeanor? Tea in the afternoon? Hell, no. Damien was a self-avowed adrenaline junkie, a class clown who enjoyed harassing teachers and scaring the quiet kids. He was also a world-class charmer.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

Antonio Pagliarulo was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. This is his third book for young readers. He currently lives in New York City.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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In the Club (Celebutantes Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The Hamilton sisters are back. They thought their murder mystery days were over. That is, until one of their classmates dies at one of their parties at their own club. It's up to them to solve the murder before another classmate gets the ax. But can they solve this dilemma when they have their own problems to worry about?

Madison just can't believe what has happened and is torn apart. After she had promised Mother Margaret that nothing wild would happen at their party, one of her classmates gets murdered. But its not just any classmate -- it's the one guy that she was beginning to like. Finding out who the murderer is, is the most important thing for Madison right now.

A director sees the perfect actress in Park; her boyfriend does, too. But Park just can't find it in herself to be this actress that everyone supposedly sees. Park just wants to get her act together, because her acting debut is one of the biggest movie productions yet, and she stars opposite her boyfriend.

Lex needs to make sure that none of her friends go down the social ladder and that her family name isn't ruined. She was able to save it the first time; Lex just needs to stay out of trouble to save their name one more time.

With their perfection and a little sass, the Hamilton sisters are on the case.

With even more suspense, action, and style, the second novel in THE CELEBUTANTES series does not disappoint. Antonio Pagliarulo makes these crime-solving sisters even more lovable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a triplet myself, I can totally relate to these books. I was so suprised by the ending. It was not at all what I suspected. I love this series and recommends them to anyone who loves a good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I loved this book. The previous person said it right, I wish I was a triplet! The main characters are funny and smart and the mystery is very well done. You'll get addicted to Madison Park and Lex!! Don't start reading unless you plan to stay up all night!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't read this book without loving the characters or the craziness. Madison, Park, and Lexington have to be the most original triplets ever created, as they go about the glitzy world of Manhattan solving another ugly crime. I am a college student and I happen to love young adult books. I picked this one up and was not disappointed. The humor mixes perfectly with the mystery and the mystery definitely got me in the end. Makes me wish I was a triplet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and this is my new favorite series I love the mystery, you will never figure it out!!! I wish the next book would come out sooner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series and LOVED it, and I am so happy IN THE CLUB did not disappoint! The main characters, Madison, Park and Lex Hamilton are back and better than ever as they head out to solve the mystery of their friend's murder in a swanky Manhattan nightclub. On the way they get involved with a secret role playing club and other crazy adventures. I love this series because it hits the spot for girls who love to read fashionista chick-lit type books, but it also gets into forensics, which I also happen to love. If you enjoy flashy fun stories and great mysteries and LOTS of laughs, don't miss this one! I can't wait for the next book in the series!