Xandra Collins was rich, famous, and missing. After inheriting a fortune, she vanished without a trace, leaving her 100-year-old mansion abandoned. A frightening enemy had been stalking the wealthy heiress. Thirteen-year-old detective Skylar Robbins moves into the deserted estate with her family, and vows to crack the case. Skylar teams up with her BFF Alexa, and Daniel Gannon-the most brilliant boy in middle school-to solve the mystery of Xandra Collins's disappearance.
Secret codes and mystifying clues lead to a hidden key. Skylar and Daniel must outsmart Xandra's enemies and brave life-threatening waves to locate the lock and solve the mystery. Can the team determine how the heiress went missing...before Skylar suffers the same fate?
Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress won the 5-Star Reader's Favorite award and seal. "Cross's characters are credible and finely drawn, her Santa Monica location is perfect, and her plot is suitably twisty and filled with suspense. Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress is most highly recommended." A favorite of both boys and girls, ages 9 to adult.
|Publisher:||Teen Mystery Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Carrie Cross's influences include Judy Blume, Deb Caletti, Sarah Dessen, and Lee Child. In addition to writing Skylar Robbins mysteries and reading, Carrie loves to cook, hike at the beach, go boating, and travel.
During a recent interview she was asked, "Where do you get your inspiration?"
"When I was six years old, my parents decided we needed to buy a bigger house. We looked at a creepy two-story in Santa Monica Canyon, and I played hide-and-seek with the little girl who lived there. There were closets and secret hiding places with doors that opened into other rooms. Later, I wondered, "What if there was a clue hidden in one of those closets?" And the idea for the Skylar Robbins mystery series was born.
Skylar's adventures continue in THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN JEWELS. After she solves her second big case, the Skylar Robbins Detective Agency tackles the MYSTERY OF THE MISSING HEIRESS. Carrie Cross is currently at work on her fourth Skylar Robbins novel, THE CURSE OF KOMA ISLAND.
Follow Carrie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skylarrobbinsmysteries, on twitter @Carrie_Skylar, and at www.carrie-cross.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress is a sleuth mystery novel for preteens and young adults written by Carrie Cross. The first day of a new school semester always made Skylar a bit nervous, but this one, the spring semester of her seventh grade, was particularly troubling. Becoming famous for having found a missing heiress’s jewelry and being interviewed on TV seemed to have made her everyone’s target -- from her fellow students to the teachers to even her parents, who were not all that comfortable about the dangers she encountered in her sleuthing activities. Skylar couldn’t help but look for puzzles and mysteries to solve -- it was in her genes. Her grandfather had been a detective, and she was following in his footsteps. And having found Xandra Collins’ jewels made her next sleuthing assignment a no-brainer. Where was Xandra Collins and what happened to make her fear for her life? Since she and her parents were now living in the big house formerly owned by Collins, this investigation was of particular importance to the teen sleuth. While Carrie Cross’s sleuth mystery novel, Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress, is geared towards preteens and young adults, anyone who enjoys puzzles and adventures will have a field day with Skylar, Alexa and Daniel as they follow a succession of tantalizing clues while dealing with overly cautious parents and jealous classmates. This was my first encounter with Skylar Robbins, and I had a grand time reading this well-plotted and engaging sleuth mystery story. While this is the third book in the series, the author provides sufficient background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone. Cross’s characters are credible and finely drawn, her Santa Monica location is perfect, and her plot is suitably twisty and filled with suspense. Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress: Skylar Robbins Mysteries, Volume 3 is most highly recommended.
An elusive clue about a wealthy missing heiress who vanished without a trace gives teen sleuth Skylar Robbins the incentive to jump feet first into a mystery that left police baffled. The young detective is back in this on-the-edge-of-your-seats suspense, the third Skylar Robbins teen mystery by Carrie Cross, The Mystery of the Missing Heiress. Skyler and her family purchase and move into the abandoned old home of the missing heiress, providing Skyler with lots of opportunities to investigate and do so legally. However, the teen discovers that there can be consequences for pushing the limits with her parents. Because she makes some bad choices that place her in danger, Skylar ends up having limits set and eventually being grounded. Teen readers can relate to this, making the story more believable. Budding teen romance abounds, but the mystery is what draws the reader in and won’t let them go until the book’s resolution. Cross has the ability to keep the reader wondering at each plot twist whether the missing heiress, Xandra Collins, is dead, kidnapped or simply in hiding. Lots of obscure clues keep readers wondering how one teenage girl is going to be able to solve the mystery. Luckily Skyler has a best friend, Alexa, whose Dyslexia somehow helps her ability to unravel codes. Add to that a certain brilliant and handsome new boy in class who is glad to lend a hand and The Skylar Robbins Detective Agency is ready to roll. In her last book, Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels, the teen detective solved the mystery of Xandra Collins’ jewels, prompting her to start the detective agency. After discovering the treasure by decoding a number of difficult clues, she got to keep the jewels. Being rewarded with the jewels and having her own detective agency at such a young age has turned the 13-year-old into the object of jealousy by some of her classmates. In The Mystery of the Missing Heiress, Cross does a good job of imparting constructive behavior without seeming to do so. Having the young detective stand up to a classmate who made fun of her allowed Skyler to gain confidence and no longer fear some of the other class bullies. The writer successfully deals with personal and online bullying, both hot topics in today’s society, especially for teens. Just as I, a 66-year-old grandmother was swept up in the antics of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, young readers today will find the Skylar Robbins series of books captivating. They are fresh, fun, and have a goodness about them that will give moms and dads an incentive to keep buying the books as more are published. “Is Xandra Collins dead?” Read the book. You’ll enjoy it.
Skylar Robbins and The Mystery of the Missing Heiress is the third book in the Skylar Robbins series. The book opens with a mysterious poem by Xandra Collins that sets the mood for a good mystery. I love the puzzles and codes that are in the book to be solved and the reader gets to figure them out right along with the story. I also like how Skylar's experiences teach us to stand up for ourselves, keep our integrity and persevere. Geared toward middle school and early high school, the Skylar Robbins books are fun and interesting mysteries. 5 stars!
Missing Heiress is the third book in the Skylar Robbins series. While this book and series is written for middle schoolers, adults will enjoy it to. At least this adult did. These books are Nancy Drew for the 21st century. While this book can be read as a standalone, it starts where the previous book ended and ends with a cliffhanger for the next book in the series. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. I like Skylar's use of the detective skills her grandfather taught her. This book is filled with the normal everyday life drama that goes on with preteens in Junior High/Middle School. The author does a good job with keeping the characters real and believable. I do want to continue to read the more of the series. And will read the next book just to see what happens on the island during the summer school trip.