Friday, July 13, 2012

ARC Review: The Girl Is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines - Blog Tour

Title: The Girl Is Trouble
Series: Girl Is Murder #2
Author: Kathryn Miller Haines | Website
Available: Now
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Historical/Mystery
Source: ALA

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother's supposed suicide, suddenly Iris is thrown headfirst into her most intense and personal case yet.

My thoughts:

I was so excited to catch up with Iris again and get some answers to questions raised in book one, The Girl Is Murder. I felt the author really outdid herself with the mysteries this time around. This installment was packed with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I was greatly impressed as Iris delved into the mysteries surrounding her mother's death and also tried to help figure out those responsible for leaving threatening notes in the lockers of Jewish students at school. Both plot lines complemented one another and made for one action packed page-turner.

I absolutely adore the 15-year-old detective who doesn't appreciate being called Nancy Drew by her peers. Over the course of this two book series she has grown so much. I've enjoyed experiencing this as well as watching the bond between her and her father strengthen. The series also houses an interesting cast of secondary characters, who each possess a very unique voice and bring a little something special to the novels. This is a must read for all mystery fans!

I've said it before, but I'll say it again. YA needs more historical fiction, and I'm glad to see that it is actually happening! Kathryn Miller Haines has created a series that really stands out among the paranormal and contemporary novels that seem to fill the shelves of bookstores. I really hope this isn't the last time we'll see Iris and the rest of the characters in this amazing series!

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  1. Glad that you enjoyed. I really need to give historical fiction a try one of these days.
    Thanks for review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Sounds adorable. I need to get to the first book. BTW I am SO with you on YA needing more HF.

  3. I love mysteries and Hf- so this series sounds like one that I could really get into. I love that the second book was so wonderful and that the main character is so great. I look forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing. Great review!