The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

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Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars. It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.
 

About Kathryn Miller Haines

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Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their three dogs. The author of the popular Rosie Winter mystery series, this is her first novel for young adults. Visit her at kathrynmillerhaines.com. The Girl Is Trouble, the sequel to The Girl Is Murder, will be available from Roaring Brook Press in July 2012.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Roaring Brook Press. 368 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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It’s only been a month since Iris helped her gumshoe dad solve the disappearance of one of her classmates.

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Drawn into a world of cigarette-smoke–filled Harlem dance halls and shabby tenement apartments, Iris tries to track down what happened to troubled, handsome Tom Barney by using her new friendships with sassy Suze and bookish Pearl to uncover more evidence.

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Haines’s YA novel—a kid detective meets film noir mashup—proves a lively and enjoyable listen, thanks to narrator Rachel Botchan, who infuses Iris with personality and creates a character that is exuberant, curious yet melancholy, and insecure.

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The Girl is Murder follows Iris as she transitions from a sensitive girl who’s apt to burst into tears in the school hallway into a girl who, while still not your classic gumshoe, is much stronger and capable than she’d ever thought possible.

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Readers of Haines's The Girl Is Murder (BCCB 7/11) just knew Iris Anderson would be back—not only had her gumshoe father virtually promised to introduce her to the trade, but she was left with genuine reason to doubt the claim that her mother's suicide was the result of depression.

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