Today I'm reviewing The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines.
Summary from GoodReads: Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.
It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.
Review after the jump!
Review: If Veronica and Keith Mars lived in 1940s New York City, this is the book they would be in. Iris is a thoroughly likable character who manages to be a strong female character without being unrealistic to the timeframe that she was born in. While the 1940s vernacular takes some getting used to, and the plot is a little slow to develop, The Girl is Murder finishes strong and I look forward to reading the next installment, The Girl is Trouble. Verdict: Perfect for fans of the noir and YA genres.