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October 29, 2016


The Darcy Walker Series
Book One
A.J. Lape


Product Details

  • Series: The Darcy Walker
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478376848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478376842

Fifteen years ago, Darcy Walker's parents thought it was a good idea to give her a unique name: Darcy, meaning "dark walker." Whether that was a stroke of genius or stroke of stupid, they definitely nailed the irony. She lacks direction, her grades stink despite a high IQ, she's boringly average--although flirting admirers claim otherwise--and God help her, she's infatuated with a bad-boy.

A bad-boy that her hottie best friend, Dylan, wishes would get acquainted with his fist.

And, oh yeah, there's that tattoo that was a royally stupid idea.

With her life spiraling out of control, everything changes when she skips class and finds a dead fact, it gets worse. It jump starts Darcy's inner-verb, and her brain hardwired for action gets caught up in a situation she can't let go.

Set in the fictional Cincinnati town of Valley, Ohio, Darcy falls into a world of threats, violence, and gangland exploits chasing down every clue to finger the murderer. When a fellow misfit is arrested for the crime, Darcy goes from zero-to-sixty trying to clear his name--constructing aliases, breaking the law, everything that makes perfect sense to her but reeks of Grade A Stupid to everyone else.

Trouble is...will she live to see sixteen?

A. J. LapeGRADE A STUPID is the Amazon bestselling debut novel in the Darcy Walker Series. All novels in the series are written as stand-alones, but the Darcy Walker Series has been compared to Veronica Mars meets Stephanie Plum meets The Blacklist. A backstory is woven into each book. Reading order is Grade A Stupid, No Brainer, 100 Proof Stud, DEFCON Darcy & Foolproof.

Clean mature YA series for ages 13 and up due to graphic crime scenes.

A. J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon's teen's mysteries and thrillers bestseller's lists since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola--plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever. A graduate of Morehead State University with a Master's degree in Communications, she's a PI wannabe and daily stops crime through the fictional ADHD character of Darcy Walker. If the FBI ever checks her computer, she'll be wearing prison-orange due to the graphic and disgusting "wiki" articles she looks up...all in the name of career research, of course.
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Thirteen things you didn't know about A. J. Lape
AKA - Ada Miracle Lape

1. I can dislocate my left shoulder on command.

2. My favorite movie is It's a Wonderful Life...cry like a baby when George Bailey starts yelling, "I want to live again...I want to live again."

3. I hate clowns and chicken wings...not necessarily in that order.

4. I'm a notorious sleepwalker. It happens when I'm troubled. As far as I can tell, I always have my clothes on.

5. I had an academic scholarship. I know that's shocking, but looking at homework today, I'm pretty sure I'm tapped out at fifth grade.

6. I like to shoot 9mm guns...look out Target World, every once in a while you have to walk your inner-hillbilly.

7. I started running high school track when I was in the sixth grade. Don't ask me to run now. After two kids, I pee my pants when I walk across the floor.

8. I'm like Rain Man when it comes to fractions.

9. I used to write and record songs. I won Honorable Mentions in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest and Music City Song Festival. Verrrry short career.

10. I've cliff-dived off a 40-foot cliff into a lake...wouldn't recommend it...that sucker can burn.

11. I'm the only human I know that got turned down twice when trying to adopt handicapped dogs...moment of silence, please.

12. I would've been a police officer or journalist if life didn't land me where I am.

13. I occasionally have the foul mouth of a truck driver...sorry, Mom and Dad. I try to change it. So far, the message hasn't made it to the execution part of my brain

When you're a teenager, you think you know it all.   Right?   We all did.   So we have Darcy and she has to get into everything.   Even dead bodies.   What does she do?   Does she use common sense or does she go off on her own to investigate.?  Somehow Darcie is always getting herself in a jam but nothing stops Darcy from getting to the facts, the true facts.   She might do some illegal things, she might do anything at all.   Darcy is the typical teenager, smart but doesn't apply that to her schoolwork.   She's pretty but laughs it off when someone tells her that.  The author has to give us a boyfriend? well maybe best friend, Dylan Taylor.   He's the typical jock, good looking, pretty smart and oh such a hunk!   Dylan goes vacationing with his family and wonders if he will find Darcy alive when he gets back.
This book might remind you of yourself when you were a teenager or maybe one of your own teens.  The author won't give you a minute to stop reading.   The author hooks you from page one until the end.  This book isn't just for teens.  I remember reading all the Nancy Drew books when I was young and this book reminds me of those books.
The author gives the book a steady pace so you are stuck to each page as you read.  You are playing detective and trying to figure out who is the culprit.
I can usually tell when I finish a book and I'm left wanting more, then it's a good book.
Well I'm wanting more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, A.J. Lape and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5  STARS. 

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