Series: Veronica Mars #1
Published by Allen & Unwin, Vintage on March 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery
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From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person's case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.
This makes me miss Veronica Mars so bad. It was one of my favourite shows when it first came out and I just loved the snarky blonde detective and the handsome bad boy Logan *googly eyes*. Thankfully, after the success of the kickstarter for the movie, it seems like fans really want more Veronica Mars. There’s now a movie, a spin-off web series – Play It Again Dick, and the Veronica Mars book series.
Occurring after the events of the movie, where Veronica has returned to Neptune to work alongside her father at Mars Investigations, she is hired by Neptune’s Chamber of Commerce to track down a missing girl. I really enjoyed The Thousand Dollar Tan-Line, because it brought to life my favourite characters who were true to themselves. As Veronica Mars is back in Neptune, old characters from the TV series will make a return and it’s filled with the snark, humour and warm and fuzzy feelings that we have grown to love.
There weren’t many people in this world who would let you be vulnerable and still believe you were strong.
The Thousand-Dollar Tan-Line is a classic twisty mystery that we’ve come to expect from the series, which can be only be solved by Veronica’s doggedness for justice. It will deliver some shocks along the way, and I never saw the end coming. From relying on her friend Mac’s hacking techniques, to dangerous investigations, good old fashioned detective work, and unfortunately – the incompetent and corrupt Sheriff Lamb, she’ll throw everything she has at the case. It does actually become a personal journey along the way, which gave me so many feels, and added to Veronica’s development as a character even 9 years later.
I’ll be the first to say it – I’m not sure why Veronica would bother spending 9 years studying law in New York only to throw it away when she returned to Neptune, and the book unconvincingly tries hard to work this angle. But we know the real reason – it’s to give us more material for fans of the series, and you can’t really argue with that.
The hazard of living in a place where you had so much history–so much pain and so much rage and so much love–was that every item could turn on you in a flash.
While I didn’t listen to the audiobook, I love how it’s narrated by Veronica herself – Kristen Bell, which would make the experience even more authentic. I’m not sure how you’d go with the book if you weren’t a Veronica Mars fan though, as it’s filled with references to past events and characters. The book does well to recap some of this, but I’m not sure whether you’d enjoy it as much as I did.
One gripe I had about the book – WE NEED MORE LOGAN! It just made me so sad and emotional that Veronica’s encounters with Logan were limited to a few Skype calls, but I guess that’s what happens when you date a marine.
A Thousand Dollar Tan-Line is perfect fan service for Veronica Mars lovers, giving us more snark, humour, and the good old characters of Neptune. It made me miss the series horribly and wish we could watch it on TV instead of reading it as a book, but I’m not going to say no if it’s more Veronica and Logan. It stays pretty true to the character and the series, with a highly engaging mystery filled with twists and turns. While I loved it, I’m not sure how you’d go if you were new to the series, but it’s worth a try if you love twisty detective mysteries with snarky characters.
Rating: 4 out of 5
I received a review copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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