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Mr. Kiss and Tell

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Mr. Kiss and Tell

Mr. Kiss and Tell is the second novel in the Veronica Mars spin off books by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The plot centers around the brutal attack of Grace Manning, a character from season 2 of the TV show. The Neptune Grand, the hotel the girl was attacked in, hired Veronica to investigate the girl’s claims and decide what the culpability of the hotel was after Manning accused one of the staff of being her attacker. Veronica takes the case and is soon surrounded by misleading evidence and non-existent leads. The writing is thick with the dark, sardonic humor from the TV show and is intensely fun to read.

I found it difficult to stay objective while reading this book because I’m already a fan. I’m that ideal audience the book is seeking. The person who wants to know what happened to these characters after the show went off the air. I loved that the series brought in characters that had such a short shelf life on the show and expanded upon them. For me, this aspect has been the best part of the book series. Because the show ended so abruptly many plot elements were left dangling and the books have given the creators another outlet to tie up those loose ends. All of the characters have evolved from their time on the show and yet remain somewhat the same, still driven by the same desires and needs that fueled them throughout the series.

The actual case is solved very early on in the novel with the remainder of the book trying to figure out a way to catch the criminal. It does drag in places but the characters make up for the lack of a tight plot. Not too many twists and turns but serviceable as a mystery. I love that Veronica is still the same mix of idealism and spunk. She’s still a bit jaded but never strays from the fight. She’s like a tiny Phillip Marlowe in the present day world. And that’s really the reason fans are reading these novels is the powder keg character Veronica Mars, to see where she ends up and what changes are coming her way.

Overall, this was a fun read, especially for those who loved the TV series. It would be fascinating to hear from people who have never seen the show and read the books from a fresh perspective. There would be the real test.

Rating: 4.5/5

Happy reading and stay tuned for the next read in Book Battle 2015!

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Veronica Mars Rides Again

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Veronica Mars Rides Again

Next up in the book battle is a Veronica Mars spin off books entitled Mr. Kiss And Tell. This is the second book in a new Veronica Mars series taking place after the events in the movie. One of my fellow book battlers lent me this book to read because I was having a hard time finding a book based on a TV show. There are just so many choices out there it’s hard to narrow down your focus.

I’m excited to start this book and take a little departure from more serious reading material into a little more guilty pleasure reading. Now I admit I was absolutely obsessed with this show when it was on the air in high school. I loved that it was a mix of Nancy Drew and Raymond Chandler combined into one snarky high school teen. I’ve always loved the mystery genre for it’s plotting and take on the seedier side of life. I like to kind of play my own detective and see if I can figure out the mystery before the detective in the book.

In college I took a class on detective fiction and it was amazing. It just opened up the world that I already enjoyed even more. I love the plotting structure, the red herrings, and the flawed characters. There’s something almost enchanting about a world where a person sets their mission to right all the wrongs. And Veronica Mars definitely did that. She was the self-proclaimed white hat of Neptune, CA, home of the wealthy and the famous.

I also read the first book in the series and loved it. The show ended so abruptly when it was on air that many of the characters never got to develop their way they were intended to. Now the books give Rob Thomas, the creator of the series, another vehicle to see his creation come back to life and deepen in different ways. It’s so much fun to see characters that had a short shelf life in the series pop up somewhere in the books. And most importantly, it gives the fans the fix they’ve been craving.

Happy reading and stay tuned for the final rating of this book. Maybe it will make it to the finals of Book Battle 2015!