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The Girl is Trouble

The Girl is Trouble
By Kathryn Miller Haines
Roaring Book Press, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From 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.

The Girl is Murder is a far more interesting title than The Girl is Trouble. (Ironically, The Girl is Trouble is a far more interesting book than The Girl is Murder.) Don't you love the covers?

I really liked reading the first book, The Girl is Murder. I thought the title was awesome, too. Then I got to the ending. I thought, "I read the whole book... for THAT?" The solution to the mystery was unexpected, but also not impressive. Despite that, I decided to try the second book.

The first book was about a missing classmate of Iris. We learned that she moved and started a new school. In her new neighborhood, her father started his private eye business and he doesn't have much money. He was injured in Pearl Harbor and has trouble making enough money. After Iris' mother committed suicide, all their money was mysteriously gone.

The second book is about Iris' mother's suicide. We learn more about her mother's life and everything she was involved in. Because of her activities, Iris is in danger. She has no idea what was up with her mom. There were so many twists and turns. Nothing was quite what it seemed, which was good. So interesting!

Then there was the second mystery in the book. Jewish students at Iris' school were getting nasty notes. This one had a few too many twists and turns. However, they didn't ruin the book by any means. I was intrigued enough with the first mystery. I didn't think that the second one was necessary.

Overall, The Girl in Trouble was fantastic. I liked it far better than the first. I hope there is another, and that it is just as good as the second. It lived up to the Veronica Mars comparison, for sure.

Historical fiction and mystery. What more could you ask for?