The Thousand Dollar Tan-Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham Review: We Want More Logan!

November 28, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Reviews

The Thousand Dollar Tan-Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham Review: We Want More Logan!The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas
Series: Veronica Mars #1
Published by Allen & Unwin, Vintage on March 25, 2014
Source: Publisher
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.

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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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21 responses to “The Thousand Dollar Tan-Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham Review: We Want More Logan!

    • Definitely, it was one of my favourites back in the day. The movie would be a good introduction, there might be a lot of references and characters though. NP Laura!

  1. I must admit I didn't watch Veronica Mars when it first aired, but when the kickstarter for the movie came along I backed it and then binge watched. Gosh it's SO GOOD! I loved the movie too (although, I'm one of those weird Piz girls 😛 I'm SURE if I'd watched it when it was originally airing I would have been a Logan girl though haha)

    I'm glad the book was good. I raised my eyebrows when I found out they were doing a book series, but honestly I'd read/watch/listen to pretty much anything by that team now!
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    • YESS I am so glad you got into it, even though it was a bit late! The kickstarter made me so happy that there were still VM fans out there. So glad you loved it haha! LOGAN ALL THE WAY. The book is awesome Wattle!

  2. Great review! So glad to hear this was a good one! I LOVED the show & hoped this book would be a good substitute! I haven't seen the movie yet, but hoping it comes to Netflix soon! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I didn't see too many episodes of Veronica Mars, at the time it was for the younger audience. Buffy was my thing through my teen years. I have a copy of this one too Jeann, and I can't actually remember Logan all that well. Do you think watching the movie would just be enough to catch up before reading the book? Does the book actually take place 9 years later where she's aged and moved on with her life? I can't remember her going off to study law, but to throw it all away to come back to a pokey town to solve crime? Surely they could have woven something a little more believable in there.

    Bit hesitant to start this after not watching that many episodes, but incredible review nonetheless <3
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    • I loved both VM and Buffy, I'm totally into fandoms lol. Yeah, the movie would be good to catch up on it, because this one occurs directly after the movie. LOGAN IS HOT too. Yeah, the 9 years later is where the movie takes place, and this one follows on from there.

    • Hehe I just love it so much Pili, I know that feeling though! It's just so great on the banter and the smarmy writing.

  4. I was bitten by Veronica Mars growing up, so I'm not too familiar with the books or with the film (not even the tv series). It's great when you've loved a character all your life that you get to follow them through their adulthood. Love you enthusiasm about these books..makes me want to start reading or watching anything about Veronica now.:)
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    • Yay, I'm glad my enthusiasm is contagious Joy! It really makes me excited when an old loved series gets resurrected. Hope you do give it a shot, the writing in the show is GOLD.

  5. 'We need more Logan' – MY LIFE, ALWAYS. I thought that through the whole third season when Logan's character was just thrown to the side and, in a lot of ways, kind of butchered. My poor baby 🙁

    I'm glad this was so awesome (though I'm not surprised because DUDE IT'S VERONICA MARS). I totally need the audibook version because I've heard Kristen is faaaabulous

    • Oh I feel your pain! I just feel the entire third season was just like meh, I was kind of relieved when it finished though. But yes the resurrection has been pretty awesome so far! YES the audiobook would be perfect.


    It was a tad sad that Veronica gave her law career behind. I mean, she worked so hard to get out of Neptune and it's where she ended up again. But hey, no complaints, right? AND YES TO MORE LOGAN. WE NEED TO PETITION, JEANN. WE NEED MORE! x Fabulous review, Jeann!!
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    • OMG I LOVE LOGAN SO MUCH <3 Marshmallows forever!

      Yeah, that's EXACTLY what I thought! I mean what's the point and if you worked that hard for 9 years, what is the point? It's a bit of a cop out thing, and very sad, but at least we get more of it right? Hopefully more Logan in the next one though!

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    This is making me want to watch Veronica Mars, and I think I should probably watch it before reading this since it has so many references and stuff, like you said. Otherwise, I don't even think I will be able to enjoy it properly. Anyhow, it's great to see the book is just about as good as the movie. 😀 Great review!
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    • I love Veronica Mars so much, it is so good and the writing is awesome. It gets a bit blah in later seasons but definitely a strong first Season. Thanks Naban!

    • Oh I love it so much, the writing is really witty and it's so entertaining. YAY I'm so glad you are finally watching Supernatural! It's my favourite show of all time and I'm glad more people are getting into it. I haven't caught up on it though. Yay, I'm so glad I hope the book makes you anticipate great things!