|The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
(Veronica Mars #1)
Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
4 / 5
"The buses began to roll into Neptune, California, late Friday afternoon and didn't slow up until Monday."
The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.
If you are a Veronica Mars fan, you probably already know about this book. And if you are, I'd highly recommend you reading it (after you've watched the movie, of course!). If you're not? It's still a solid story, and one which I believe provides enough background for those who are not Marshmallows. So I'd say if you are a fan of pleasure-reading mysteries, this would be right up your alley. It covers the seedy world of fictional Neptune, where Veronica grew up (and cut her teeth in private investigation), and all of its associated characters, from drug cartel playboys to spring break partiers. And it's told with all of the characteristic wit and humor that the series was known for.
I audiobooked this title, and I chose to do so the minute I heard that Kristen Bell would be narrating. Veronica Mars read by Veronica Mars? Sold. And she did a great job - even with voicing other characters. (Some were better than others, though - I couldn't get over how spot-on her Mac was! - but her men's voices left a bit to be desired.) Just like with the movie, it was wonderful revisiting "old friends", and that's really what sold me on this book (and why I rated it so highly). If you, like me, enjoy Veronica and her cohorts' sharp wit and sense of humor, this book won't disappoint.
The story revolves around the case of two missing college girls, who came to Neptune on spring break and disappeared shortly after their (separate) arrivals. Veronica is sucked into the investigation because, true to form, Sheriff Lamb is incompetent and, of course, Mars Investigations is not. The book brings in a lot of the beloved & familiar characters from the TV series, which of course I loved. Reading the book felt like watching another episode of the show, which is why I probably will continue to read these books as they come out. I'm not much of a "series" kind of girl, but I will probably follow this one as long as Rob Thomas continues to churn them out!
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