|Title: Mr. Kiss and Tell
Series: Veronica Mars #2
Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Published: January 20, 2015 by Doubleday
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Synopsis: In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.
The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?
*** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher (thanks Doubleday) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***
This was the perfect book for me at the moment. While I haven't hated any of the books I've read so far this year, I haven't loved them either. I refuse to call it a reading slump because I have enjoyed them, I just haven't been blown away. And while this book didn't blow me away either it was the perfect change of pace. It was like a reread in that I felt like I was falling back in love with an old favorite. And that favorite is Neptune, California.
Before I go any further I should be honest with you guys. If you didn't see my review of the first Veronica Mars book, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, then you don't know that I'm a huge Marshmallow. Veronica Mars is arguably my favorite show of all time! I've been watching it since 2004 and I even boycotted the CW when they cancelled it in 2007. I was so excited for the movie prospect that I became a Kickstarter backer. And now that my secret is out you will know about my total bias for this book and this series, I'm a huge fan!
One of the things that is so familiar and made this book so great for me was the mystery. It was a great slowburn and expertly plotted so that everything built to an interesting conclusion but with twists and turns along the way. This is the kind of mystery where you have to work backwards, you have to search for proof not the truth. At first glance it seems so simple, but this is Neptune, nothing is simple. There are more twists in this mystery than Veronica's hair that year she decided to curl it (remember that? I was not a fan of that hair). I should have remembered that Veronica, who is a great detective, usually gets things wrong before she gets them right. From the snap judgments about a person, to the hiding while breaking and entering, to the getting caught and trying to cover her ass with quick thinking it all reminded me of previous cases.
And that's not just with Veronica. We root for Logan and their EPIC love story (LoVe shippers will not be disappointed in the romance of this book). We feel like we're best friends with Mac and Wallace and laugh along with them as they begrudgingly help Veronica solve these mysteries. We love Kieth and his hunt for justice and feud with the Sheriff's department. We especiallywant to attend Daddy-Daughter Dinners so we can have lasagna with Kieth's secret recipe (double the cheese). We root for Weevil and his dubious struggle with the criminal element in town. The majority of characters in this series are those who we already know and love (or love to hate). The introduction of a new character causes more flailing and excitement as we follow the familiar and their continued stories. It of course helps you connect with a story if you have that inherent attachment of the characters.
This was an amazing return to Neptune that fans of Veronica Mars will love. It's a return to our favorite town and it's seedy unbelly, a return of the characters we have come to love, and a mystery that is tawdry and engaging expertly plotted from beginning to end.
I give Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham 9.5 out of 10
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy. If you are a fan of this series than check this book out. You will love the return to Neptune and the seedy romance that Veronica solves. You will love more time with your favorite characters and at all the amazing inside jokes that Rob Thomas included. If you're not a fan of this series go watch the TV show and then come back. You'll thank me later!
Have you read Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!