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What could be better for former CIA agent turned Girl Scout leader Merry Wrath than taking 12 little girls to Washington, DC, for a bit of summer fun? Almost anything. Unfortunately, between her girls terrorizing the Secret Service and "accidentally" destroying the hotel pool, Merry has her hands full with this troop. And when her former handler, Riley, is kidnapped, Merry has to turn to an old friend from her spy days and her parents, Senator and Mrs. Czrgy, to help her wrangle the troop and rescue the man she once briefly called her boyfriend.
Armed only with a perpetually AWOL parent, stalked by a runaway King Vulture, and plagued by a mysterious death from her past, Merry's mayhem weaves a wacky trail from moonshiners in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the bowels of the Japanese Embassy, to the ductwork of the International Spy Museum. With things heating up with current boyfriend, Detective Rex Ferguson, can Merry decipher clues from her past to find ex-boyfriend Riley and finally solve the murder of Yakuza boss, Midori Ito, before the target on her back is filled with lead?
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By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 11-15-17
The past comes to haunt Merry
Merry Wrath‘s girl scout troop has won a trip to Washington, D.C. for having sold the most cookies ever in the history of the Girl Scouts in Marshmallow S’more Murder, the third Merry Wrath book by Leslie Langtry. With Merry’s CIA background and her Senator father’s influence, these scouts get a trip unlike any before them. While visiting the First Lady, Merry gets a quick phone call from her former partner and handler, Riley, begging for help before hanging up. And this leads Merry to some dramatic events in D.C., which includes taking the dozen girl scouts to Langley, the headquarters of the CIA, where they meet up with Merry’s good friend Maria, who helps out Merry and her scouts.
This book takes a lot of wild turns, including getting stalked by Mr. Fancypants, the king vulture nicknamed that by the girls and who has escaped from the zoo. In taking a trip to the Japanese embassy with her father, Merry meets up with a woman she discovers to be the daughter of Midori Ito, the Japanese head of a crime syndicate whom Merry found dead in her kitchen in Merit Badge Murder. Even more sadistic than her mother, “Baby Ito” is certain that Merry and Riley killed her mother. This leads Merry in a crazy trip into the past that she must resolve before she can get her life back.
This series is a real delight to read, whether in print or on audio, and this book does not disappoint. I laughed out loud at certain parts, especially those involving Mr. Fancypants. The plot really held my interest, to the extent that I didn’t actually get any sleep last night because I couldn’t turn the book off! The girl scouts are starting to develop real characters instead of just being a dozen nondescript girls. I also really enjoyed getting to know Maria, whom we met briefly in the previous book.
Bailey Carr continues in doing an excellent job of narrating this series. She really exudes the personality of Merry and gives good voices for each character, making the children in the Girl Scouts sound realistic. I really enjoyed the listening experience of this book.
I highly recommend Marshmallow S’more Murder as a book that is so much fun, with a fascinating mystery filled with adventure in it. The series seems to grow in its quality as it goes, and I can’t wait to get to listen to book four! I give this book five stars!