3 out of 5 Robots!
The Girl is Trouble
Author: Kathryn Miller Haines
Series: Girl is Murder, #2
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Release: July 3, 2012
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
My Copy: Purchased
Buy this Book: Amazon
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:The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines is the quickly paced, satisfying second installment in the Girl is Murder series. I have not read the first installment, and I don't think it is necessary for the reader to pick that book up to enjoy The Girl is Trouble. I had a great time reading the book without any idea at first that their was a first. Hats off to the author for the smooth writing! I wasn't put off at all by references to previous cases.
Although Iris is perfectly likeable, I felt like she didn't read like a fifteen year old. I kept thinking of her older than she actually is. And though she is an okay character, that's just it. She is just okay. I didn't find myself smitten with her or even really rooting for her. She just is not interesting enough to connect to. I did find her best friend rather intriguing though- Pearl.
There are two fun cases that we get to solve with Iris. And they really keep the plot moving. This is a great read for a younger audience and mystery junkies! Everyone needs a little mystery every once and awhile :) Take this one to the beach!