Spotlight on Q & A, a laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age mystery


Congratulations to Carolyn R. Russell and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Q & A, a laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age mystery. 

★★★★★ “An entertaining tale aggrandized by an unshakable protagonist and the family she’s thankfully stuck with.” ~Kirkus Reviews

Q & A by Carolyn R. Russell

NEW RELEASE: June 13, 2023
Genre: Coming-of-Age
Paperback: $14.99
Ebook: From $4.99  

Something very creepy is going on inside the Eco Trooper Club's gloomy warehouse.

Quinn Bard has been forced to join a club at her high school in the new town she hates. Her first meeting leaves her questioning her sanity.

Despite her family’s joyfully chaotic home life, things get worse. Quinn is shocked to discover a sinister conspiracy at the heart of the club’s mission, and there’s something very bizarre about the group’s adult leader, Nadine Stent.

Enlisting the help of her older sister, Arista, Quinn learns that the club’s student members are unhappy hostages. What mysterious power does Nadine hold over them? And what kind of twisted scheme has she dragged everyone into?

In a race against time, the two sisters and new friends work to expose Nadine’s evil plot. And together they have adventures funnier, stranger and more thrilling than Quinn ever imagined possible.

If Quinn and her allies succeed, it’ll be a new beginning for her. If they fail, innocent people will go to jail, and families will be destroyed. Including Quinn’s.
Praise for Q & A
★★★★★ “Clever and captivating, this laugh-out-loud mystery will keep you hooked until the last word. Utterly unputdownable.” ~Genalea Barker, author of Life After

★★★★★ “Adjusting to a new town becomes especially hard for a teen once she suspects a service club is up to something sinister in this YA mystery... An entertaining tale aggrandized by an unshakable protagonist and the family she’s thankfully stuck with.” ~Kirkus Reviews

★★★★★ “Carolyn R. Russell sticks a perfect landing with her humorous mystery, Q&A. Quinn’s intellectual family is delightful and the young characters are well-drawn and true to life as they go about their adventures. A must-read!” ~Edith Maxwell, Agatha Award-winning author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries

★★★★★ “A riveting mystery that unspools a sensational mix of humor and adventure. A wonderfully engaging book.” ~Elizabeth Lorayne, award-winning author of Piratess Tilly

★★★★★ “What could be more enjoyable to YA readers, both young and old, than a fast-paced mystery with a sophisticated plot and characters that are both quirky and relatable? A funny and exciting romp!” ~Connie Johnson Hambley, award-winning author of the Jessica Wyeth series

★★★★★ “The ultimate teen adventure recipe: two strongly-bonded sisters, a crew of smart friends, and a small New Hampshire town where a dangerous scientific mystery lurks. A fast and fun rolicking good time!” ~Martha Engber, 2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction

About the Author
In addition to her fiction, Carolyn R. Russell is also the author of The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen, published by McFarland & Company in 2001. Her essays and short stories have been widely published. She holds an M.A. in Film Studies from Chapman University, and has taught on the college, high school, and middle school levels. Carolyn lives north of Boston with her husband and two children. Learn more at
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at

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