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by S. P. O’Farrell

After her triumph at the Chocolatiers’ Ball, Simone LaFray wants to fade into the shadows and avoid her newfound popularity—but it is not to be. Duty calls when a fellow junior spy goes missing from the posh Claymoore School in London, and Simone jumps at the assignment. Going undercover, she soon finds herself embroiled in a complicated game involving dark forces, the enigmatic OmniKey, and an unruly royal. First looks can be deceiving, but could a certain redheaded thief be pulling the strings?

In this second book of the Simone LaFray Mysteries, Simone navigates school rivalries, oversees the opening of a new LaFray’s Patisserie, and finds herself questioning her loyalties as she prowls under the moonlight with the notorious Red Wolves. And to top it all off, the most popular boy in school can’t stop staring at her. The life of the world’s most promising young spy is about to get messy.

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Meet the Author

S.P. O’Farrell is the award-winning author of the Simone LaFray Mysteries. When he isn’t writing, he is championing special education, the performing arts, and numerous environmental initiatives. He lives in western Maryland with his wife and two sons.

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Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, E-book

Pages:  248

PB ISBN: 978-1-953021-36-6

HC ISBN: 978-1-953021-35-9

EB ISBN: 978-1-953021-37-3

Release Date: 4/18/2022


What do London, chocolate, espionage, a chandelier, a watch, a Maestro, la Volpe Rossa, a wolf pack, and a key have in common? You will have to read this magnificent book to find out!

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this sequel, Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London, and author S.P. O’Farrell has exceeded all expectations with this literary masterpiece! I am truly honored and grateful to review the advanced reader’s copy of this incredible book.

Dive into this delightful journey encapsulated by vibrant prose, a witty narrative, and an atmospheric radiance. This phrase totally resonated with me throughout the story. Such an important message as we begin the new year.

     “Don’t be afraid of change, Simone. Change happens—but the strong are ready.”

If you love reading middle-grade mystery novels with a strong, young female heroine unraveling clues and secrets, these books are for you and the entire family! Move over, Nancy Drew; Simone LaFray is coming to Disney or Netflix, but a film adaptation is definitely needed! A highly recommended charming read for 2022. I dare you to put the book down!”

~ Lali A. Love, The De-Coding of Jo (Ascending Angel Academy series) 


Simone LaFray is a sweet, sharp spy on her new assignment in London. Accompanied by her best friend who knows nothing of her secret mission, Simone does not disappoint in her sequel! With smart dialogue, a scrumptious plot, and plenty of sugary treats, this book is a mystery that will leave you wanting at least one more nibble in the end. Bon appetit!

~ Danielle Dayney, When Love Sticks Around


Simone LaFray is the secret agent every middle-grade mystery-lover should know! In this spectacular sequel, the stakes are higher as Simone is sent to a prestigious London school on a top-secret mission to find the coveted OmniKey and uncover information on the whereabouts of a missing student. We not only witness the extraordinary array of Simone’s secret-agent sleuthing capabilities, but we also see a relatable side to the young teen as she flounders when forced out of her comfort zone and into the spotlight. Family and friendships are a real focus in this coming-of-age story wherein Simone blunders her way through some situations and shines in others. O’Farrell’s writing style is sophisticated, witty, and charming; and like every great mystery series, this story wraps up with just enough loose ends that the reader will be waiting in anticipation for Simone’s next great performance. An endearing and fantastic upper middle-grade mystery!

~ E.S. Christison, The Blameless


What a grand slam of a sequel. This series deserves an army of an audience, and I have no doubt that Simone LaFray will be Disney’s next big thing. It has massive crossover appeal for audiences of all ages, with threads of Madeleine, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond.

Simone LaFray is a contemporary classic. In Simone LaFray and the Red Wolves of London, Simone travels from Paris to London and enrolls in a British boarding school. Cyberattacks plague London, unknown artists graffiti the city with copies of famous paintings, and the Fox weaves a tangled web. As a junior spy, Simone must use her brilliant and beautiful mind, along with her astute attention to detail, to solve her mission. She is particular and passionate, specific and precise, yet caring and protective above all. Family comes first, and they elevate each other as Simone searches for clues while her father opens a new bakery in London.

We meet new, wonderful characters and reunite with returning legends—all hail the V! Book Two expands the scale and raises the stakes with plenty of intrigue, mystery, suspense, action, and adventure (plus wicked cool spy gadgets). It’s hugely entertaining and cinematic—Pixar, where are you?! While the first book incorporated music, the second book includes art, and I love the added cultural layers added by these elements.

Throughout this book, Simone grows as a spy and as a person, gaining confidence and embracing herself. My absolute favorite part of this series is the treatment of Simone’s neurodivergence. Her differences make her stronger, and intelligence is her superpower. It is so refreshing to have such stellar and authentic representation. As the parent of an autistic child, I am beyond thrilled that I can point at Simone and say to my daughter, “That can be you. You can do that.” Simone is truly a superhero and a role model. Many will find a friend in her.

All in all, this series is extraordinary. O’Farrell has the rare and remarkable talent of relating to all ages across all boundaries. This author is one to watch.

DISCLAIMER: May crave chocolate after reading.

~ Halo Scot, the Rift Cycle series

Perfectly plotted and triumphant! Your newest obsession is here. Readers who love bestselling books like NevermoorCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the award-winning novel Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett will devour the Simone LaFray Mysteries.

~ The Children’s Book Review

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