Hijacked from her happy life in the city to the wilds of exurban New Hampshire, Quinn Bard is in a tailspin. When she uncovers a dangerous conspiracy at her new school, played out right under the noses of teachers and parents, she enlists the help of her older sister and new friends. Together they have adventures more strange and thrilling than Quinn ever imagined possible in a small town. Can she manage her first crush (emerald green eyes plus brains) and expose the group's twisted mastermind before it's too late?


"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

Same As It Never Was

  • “Carolyn R. Russell sticks a perfect landing with her humorous mystery, Same as It Never Was. Quinn Bard, her smart, plucky protagonist, grants readers a close look into the messy life of a teen girl transplanted from Boston to a small New Hampshire town. The repartee in 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-and Macavity-nominated author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and the Country-Store Mysteries


    Same as it Never Was is a riveting mystery with a winning mix of humor and adventure. Especially satisfying is Russell's imaginative exploration of the bonds that bind its spirited heroine, Quinn Bard, and her quirky family. A wonderfully engaging book.”

    ~ Elizabeth Lorayne, author of Piratess Tilly and The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries