Action Without Electronic Gadgets
Welcome to #SundayBlogShare. Today, we’ll be talking about The Case of the Missing Girls Wildcat Crew Book 1. This mystery series, set in 1973, offers teen readers the chance to experience a phenomenon most can’t begin to imagine. Marnie, Garth, Tish, Les, Brad, and Suzie solve their mysteries without the benefit of electronic gadgets. In their world, car phones are a few years from being invented. There are no pagers, cell phones, internet, or even GPS. They use their wits and ingenuity to solve their mysteries.
Imagine if you will having to figure out a problem and you can’t hold up your cell phone and say, “Google, find this location.” Instead, you have to depend on a map your parents probably got at a gas station and hope it covers enough area for you to locate what you’re looking for. Or you need to connect with your friends so you stop at a phone booth and use a rotary dial phone to call them at their home. What if they’re not at home? What do you do then?
The Wildcat Crew books are from a different time, a time when the world was changing so fast most people couldn’t keep up with everything. Young women were seeking jobs in non-traditional fields and young men were sometimes doing the same. The teens investigators in these books are faced with different problems, problems that today most teens would figure out by doing research with their phone or computer, and Wildcat Crew solves their problems. They might not be able to solve their problems quickly and they do have to rely on advice from adults, but they’re also learning in the process while enjoying themselves.
Finally moving on from the horror of the Manson killings, the Los Angeles area has begun to return to normal. Until, that is, the small bedroom community of Monrovia skyrockets into the news. This sleepy little area, nestled up against the foothills, is probably best known for their football team, but that was yesterday’s news.
Three girls have vanished. Notes left behind have an “H” and a “S” with red dripping off them. People’s minds automatically go to the horror of 1969 and wonder if someone else is about to initiate “Helter Skelter.”
A group of teens, Wildcat Crew, doesn’t think so. Despite the police looking at a trouble teen, they focus on another teen whose past has some dark secrets. As the city moves toward the summer solstice, these intrepid investigators work diligently on solving this case before someone else vanishes into the canyon.
The moon hung low on a dark California night. June could be a mix of summer’s warmth with just enough of the coolness left over from spring to force the native Californians to retreat to their homes and huddle beneath blankets.
Fools they were, and The Mastermind would be the one to remind them of their folly. For he was the one who would wake them up from their quiet, peaceful lives and thrust them into the terror of his making. No one would rest easily until he had sated his hunger.
He crept along a quiet street. Homes were lit up. Images of families having an ordinary evening played through his mind. They had no idea of what he was about to unleash on them. His plan was very simple—no one had noticed his first attempt at fame a mere four years ago, because of the Manson Family’s rampage.
They will now. No one will ever ignore me again.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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