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She's just a coffee barista low on grocery money... does she have what it takes to go undercover? When Brent asks Emily to be his date, she knows it doesn't mean anything. He has a mission requiring him to go undercover at a charity gala. After getting a makeover at his spy agency headquarters, she's ready to assume the role of an opinionated book reviewer from New York. The She's just a coffee barista low on grocery money... does she have what it takes to go undercover? When Brent asks Emily to be his date, she knows it doesn't mean anything. He has a mission requiring him to go undercover at a charity gala. After getting a makeover at his spy agency headquarters, she's ready to assume the role of an opinionated book reviewer from New York. The Gremlin is planning to steal and sell top-secret blueprints from the aerospace company for which he works. When Emily literally bumps into him at the gala, she is able to plant an ICS tracking chip on his glasses. But the Gremlin is smarter than they thought, and ICS finds themselves in the dark about his buyer. With time running out, and the sale imminent, Emily must rely on instinct and quick thinking to save the day. "The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott" is a series of clean spy-comedy novellas set in Phoenix, Arizona.


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She's just a coffee barista low on grocery money... does she have what it takes to go undercover? When Brent asks Emily to be his date, she knows it doesn't mean anything. He has a mission requiring him to go undercover at a charity gala. After getting a makeover at his spy agency headquarters, she's ready to assume the role of an opinionated book reviewer from New York. The She's just a coffee barista low on grocery money... does she have what it takes to go undercover? When Brent asks Emily to be his date, she knows it doesn't mean anything. He has a mission requiring him to go undercover at a charity gala. After getting a makeover at his spy agency headquarters, she's ready to assume the role of an opinionated book reviewer from New York. The Gremlin is planning to steal and sell top-secret blueprints from the aerospace company for which he works. When Emily literally bumps into him at the gala, she is able to plant an ICS tracking chip on his glasses. But the Gremlin is smarter than they thought, and ICS finds themselves in the dark about his buyer. With time running out, and the sale imminent, Emily must rely on instinct and quick thinking to save the day. "The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott" is a series of clean spy-comedy novellas set in Phoenix, Arizona.

50 review for Plan to Fail

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I had so much fun reading this little story! The humor and the one-liners, the crisp descriptions, and the winning characters all combined for an excellent half-hour's diversion (one hour plus for regular-speed readers) that left me eager to get the entire series. A squeaky-clean, humorous spy story? How could I resist? It's very well written and it's just precious! Note: It would be better to read the first book first, but I couldn't afford it this week and just dove in and managed to figure mos I had so much fun reading this little story! The humor and the one-liners, the crisp descriptions, and the winning characters all combined for an excellent half-hour's diversion (one hour plus for regular-speed readers) that left me eager to get the entire series. A squeaky-clean, humorous spy story? How could I resist? It's very well written and it's just precious! Note: It would be better to read the first book first, but I couldn't afford it this week and just dove in and managed to figure most of it out. Content caveat: There is a bit of lying without consequences and not batting an eye at it, so caution with younger ages.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Soooo… how often do we get books this good coming out this close together?! Summer of 2019 will not be forgotten. ;) :P This picked up right where the last one left off, and I gobbled it right up. :D There were some very hilarious moments in this one, and Brent and Emily’s “date” was the right mixture of awkward and cute without being too cringey. I found Emi FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Soooo… how often do we get books this good coming out this close together?! Summer of 2019 will not be forgotten. ;) :P This picked up right where the last one left off, and I gobbled it right up. :D There were some very hilarious moments in this one, and Brent and Emily’s “date” was the right mixture of awkward and cute without being too cringey. I found Emily's klutziness (even if it was just part of the mission), accidental forgetfulness, and tight budgeting to be quite relatable. XD She was really brilliant in this one, and I half-hope her cases eventually stop being accidental. (I mean, what would they do without her? The answer is, of course, have bad coffee.) Even Brent surprised me a few times in this one, and I’m excited about their next adventure. (Also, I loved their conversation about having to lie to people while undercover. That was interesting.) Best quotes: “What do I have to do to get a new codename?” He looked pensive for a moment. “The prompting of a new codename for you is a dark and mysterious mystery. Nobody knows what triggers it.” “I like how you call it ‘training,’” she said with a small smile. He shrugged and grinned. “It’s what makes sense to me.” Altogether, this was the perfect read to spend part of a Saturday on. ;) And I need Emily’s entire wardrobe from this book. (Words I have never said about another book. Ever.) Series stats so far... Codenames: six Car crashes: still one Awesomeness level: 102%

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Ahh! First to review! *Score* I was so excited to read this after the first book and it did not disappoint. I ended up liking it a little better than the first because of the plot. It was just so classicly awesome spy stuff. I really appreciate that while these books are realistic, they aren't suspenseful. I love spy stuff, but suspense is not my cup of tea, so these books are perfect. I also loved the very realistic parts about Emily's budget. As someone who grew up on not to much, I really app Ahh! First to review! *Score* I was so excited to read this after the first book and it did not disappoint. I ended up liking it a little better than the first because of the plot. It was just so classicly awesome spy stuff. I really appreciate that while these books are realistic, they aren't suspenseful. I love spy stuff, but suspense is not my cup of tea, so these books are perfect. I also loved the very realistic parts about Emily's budget. As someone who grew up on not to much, I really appreciated how that was handled. Emily is such a delightful character, and Brent is adorable. I really loved this book, and look forward to the next!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Book two was just as cute and corny as book one. ;) I do like Emily and Brent (there’s something half brewing between them, but it’s calm) and learning more about The Headquarters (aka North Pole). I failed to mention any Christian content in my first review. There isn’t much space for in depth Christian content, but Perry manages to have a blip of it in each book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Morris

    Since I just got this in paperback it deserved a reread. And oh the delight! Another delightful story about Emily and Brent and I read it all in one day! I was once again laughing, and getting nervous and then chuckling. Brent and his code names are something else! And I really liked that Emily acted like a real person. She worried about her finances, yet didn't whine and complain about them. That car! Oh, dear, I had to laugh at the image it painted. The ending was a perfect wrap up of this book, Since I just got this in paperback it deserved a reread. And oh the delight! Another delightful story about Emily and Brent and I read it all in one day! I was once again laughing, and getting nervous and then chuckling. Brent and his code names are something else! And I really liked that Emily acted like a real person. She worried about her finances, yet didn't whine and complain about them. That car! Oh, dear, I had to laugh at the image it painted. The ending was a perfect wrap up of this book, but a startling situation to lead into the next book. I'm glad it's coming out soon!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Age Appropriate For: All Ages Best for Ages: 13 and up I picked up this second book right after I read the first one. One of the things that I’m coming to really like about this series is that each story is connected with the next. Not just with the characters, but there is a flow. Don’t read them out of order, or you’ll be confused about some things. This book was a lot of fun, from the makeover to a poor girl finding herself in the midst of a bunch of reach people, and (of course) more code names Age Appropriate For: All Ages Best for Ages: 13 and up I picked up this second book right after I read the first one. One of the things that I’m coming to really like about this series is that each story is connected with the next. Not just with the characters, but there is a flow. Don’t read them out of order, or you’ll be confused about some things. This book was a lot of fun, from the makeover to a poor girl finding herself in the midst of a bunch of reach people, and (of course) more code names. Fun is just the best way to describe this series. I sit through these books grinning like an idiot and laughing out loud. Emily is very down to earth character. I think a lot of us can relate to her. She’s pretty normal and gets nervous and makes mistakes, like any of us would if we were thrown into things like she has. Her money issues are also a welcome and refreshing change for all the books where I’ve been like: “Well, that’s nice that you always have money to do things like that. In the real world…” This picks up right where the last one left off and pulls us into a new case and a fun setting. The bad guy (code name Gremlin) is trying to sell secrets to foreign agents. There was enough suspense and guesswork that I wanted to find out the end, but not so much to give me bad feelings or nightmares. Have I mentioned how perfect I think these stories are? If you enjoy comedy, light suspense, realistic characters, and all-around fun reads, you need this series. On to the next story!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie Thompson

    So good!!! I absolutely loved it! Emily's reactions to all the spy stuff are great, and I love how protective and worried Brent gets when Emily takes on a bigger role than he was prepared for. <3 I also loved their conversation about why the job can be so hard, especially for a Christian. Their chemistry is absolutely awesome, even though there's nothing "official" between them--yet... *eyes author hopefully* Other favorite things: Emily's conversation with her "sister"; calling Brent for som So good!!! I absolutely loved it! Emily's reactions to all the spy stuff are great, and I love how protective and worried Brent gets when Emily takes on a bigger role than he was prepared for. <3 I also loved their conversation about why the job can be so hard, especially for a Christian. Their chemistry is absolutely awesome, even though there's nothing "official" between them--yet... *eyes author hopefully* Other favorite things: Emily's conversation with her "sister"; calling Brent for something suspicious that turns out to be nothing...again; using a selfie as a spy tool; more funny codenames; Brent's undercover persona; some intriguing ribbing by his coworkers. Also, my heart just about stopped when Brent was left alone in charge of the coffee--and I don't even drink coffee! Seriously, Emily, you're rubbing off on me too much! XD And I absolutely loved the way the next adventure is set up; I've been wondering how long these cases could continue to be "accidental" without stretching believability, but so far it's working rather well. I'm glad the next book is coming soon, because I'm wondering what Brent's gotten himself (and Emily) into this time... I received a free copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. Content--threats and guns drawn

  8. 4 out of 5

    Els

    eighty-seven pages? EIGHTY-SEVEN PAGES?!?!?!?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    What a perfect sequel! I'm officially in love with this series. ^-^ Now if only there was "spy stuff" that made it easier to write and release books. *sigh* I guess I'll just have to wait. ;)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    Perry Kirkpatrick took all those cliched tropes that we know and are familiar with and she sent them spinning across the stage of her novels. Because you know the tropes, you know what’s coming—and you don’t. You know what should be there, so when it doesn’t quite happen, it has a lot of punch without the need for explanation. In fact, I’d say that’s the brilliance of her concept. Perry Kirkpatrick is able to write this series with probably half the words she would have needed if she didn’t stick Perry Kirkpatrick took all those cliched tropes that we know and are familiar with and she sent them spinning across the stage of her novels. Because you know the tropes, you know what’s coming—and you don’t. You know what should be there, so when it doesn’t quite happen, it has a lot of punch without the need for explanation. In fact, I’d say that’s the brilliance of her concept. Perry Kirkpatrick is able to write this series with probably half the words she would have needed if she didn’t stick to tropes, stereotypes, and cliches. The best part… she made them work for her instead of against her. How did she make cliched tropes work like magic? Taking the known and using them in a new, fresh way makes Plan to Fail (and the whole series so far), one to love. I hate that they’re so short, though—both because I want more, more, more, and because of the brilliance she used to ensure they only need to be as long as they are. It’s something to envy, folks. Trust me. I laughed hysterically when one of the main characters got one of those fun upset/plot twists. And I could have cried when I found out a beloved character was the victim of money laundering. I recommend Plan to Fail for all “spy movie/book/show” lovers who like to laugh, imagine a world of what-ifs, and all with characters you can’t wait to get to know. #becauseSanta (and that’ll only make sense if you read one. Just sayin’.) If that's not enough... how about #becauseKindleUnlimited... I mean, really? :D

  11. 5 out of 5

    S.G. Willoughby

    Perhaps a bit cheesy, but this book was fun, clean, and kinda cute. :) It was easy to follow, but not boring, and I wasn't at all lost even though I've as of yet not read book 1. The main character was relatable... in the clouds, but down to earth. Like so many trying to figure out adulthood she had amazing dreams, but still struggled with grocery bills and family problems and planning for college. I loved that part of it. I also enjoyed the banter between her and Brent. And I wonder if I'd have Perhaps a bit cheesy, but this book was fun, clean, and kinda cute. :) It was easy to follow, but not boring, and I wasn't at all lost even though I've as of yet not read book 1. The main character was relatable... in the clouds, but down to earth. Like so many trying to figure out adulthood she had amazing dreams, but still struggled with grocery bills and family problems and planning for college. I loved that part of it. I also enjoyed the banter between her and Brent. And I wonder if I'd have liked it more if I'd have read book 1 first... I suspect some of the things that I found cheesy or "forced" would have flowed smoothly had I read book 1. Anyway. Nice, short read for a pain-filled day. It took my mind off of things while not requiring a ton of focus.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Disney14604

    See note at bottom.) This is funnier than the first book. Deserves more stars. Emily still reminds of a Mrs. King , Stephanie Plum-ish and I can't remember the others, all rolled into one. How fast thinking are you? She just has great instincts and uses them I do not know whether i would think of the things she does automatically: take pictures, use a can, and all the other stuff she does. Brent still has his code name fetish thingy. Is he showing sings of being more than an agent in his life? This See note at bottom.) This is funnier than the first book. Deserves more stars. Emily still reminds of a Mrs. King , Stephanie Plum-ish and I can't remember the others, all rolled into one. How fast thinking are you? She just has great instincts and uses them I do not know whether i would think of the things she does automatically: take pictures, use a can, and all the other stuff she does. Brent still has his code name fetish thingy. Is he showing sings of being more than an agent in his life? This is my honest and freely given review. I did receive an Arc book. Note: This book starts right where book one leaves off. May want to read them in order. Although this one could be read first if you just follow the current action. However the little details will trigger to read the first one. It is my opinion that the next ones will need to have been read in order if the author plans to do the same.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janene

    A Great Laugh I have enjoyed reading this story. A person needs a good laugh and this series meets those requirements for me. I will be reading more stories by this author to brighten my day.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cate

    Great good book ; I love that it's a short, clean mystery that I can read in one sitting. What I also love is that Emily is so relatable! I can't wait to read book 3!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This unassuming "date" turns into more spy stuff for Emily than either of them plan to begin with follow our two young spies as they uncover and handle far more than Emily thinks she signed up for.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    Awesome and cute Love the vibe of these stories. Very much Scarecrow and Mrs. King like... which is a fantastic and heartwarming show. Just like these books! I love Brent and Emily, and their interactions. And I love that she is a coffee barista. Can’t wait to read the next book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jazzw

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aria

  19. 4 out of 5

    Malachi Cyr

  20. 4 out of 5

    E

  21. 5 out of 5

    Merie Shen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda Menkes

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

  25. 4 out of 5

    JD Sutter

  26. 4 out of 5

    P.D.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Perry

  28. 5 out of 5

    R.A.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (aka Crystal)

  31. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  32. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

  33. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

  34. 5 out of 5

    Oceane McAllister

  35. 5 out of 5

    Liz F.

  36. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  37. 4 out of 5

    Jes Drew

  38. 4 out of 5

    Lola Assante

  39. 4 out of 5

    April Shuffler

  40. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  41. 5 out of 5

    Paul Willis

  42. 5 out of 5

    Patty Mele

  43. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kamrin

  45. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Tyler

  46. 5 out of 5

    Erika Mathews

  47. 4 out of 5

    Shivauney

  48. 5 out of 5

    Kati Felix

  49. 4 out of 5

    Joy Paavola

  50. 5 out of 5

    Faith

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