Iris Anderson is only fifteen, 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.
Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML
The Girl Is Murder
POP'S LEG WAS ACROSS THE ROOM when I came downstairs. I didn't ask him how it got there. Its location made it clear that the prosthetic had been hurled...
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The Girl is Murder, written by Kathryn Miller Haines, tells the story of Iris Anderson, a 15 year old girl, who moves to a new neighborhood of New York City, and discovers she's got a knack for the private eye biz. 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.Share This
Praise for The Girl Is Murder
“Adult mystery author Haines's YA debut is a meticulously crafted slow burn. . . . Haines writes gracefully, immersing readers in Iris's perceptive thoughts, suffering, and transformation. Nuanced relationships and a social climate shadowed by ethnic tension and war result in a compelling reflection on a complex era.” —Publishers Weekly
“. . . the compelling characters, superb setting, and myriad twists and turns will keep readers intrigued till the very end.” —School Library Journal
“Take a powder, Nancy Drew. 1940s girl sleuth Iris Anderson is on the case. A stylish, slang-filled teen noir that is as entertaining as it is absorbing.” —Kirkus Reviews
“What makes this such a standout is the cast. Sounding like they're right out of the 1940s (well, a 1940's movie, anyway), the characters, young and old, pop off the pages. Iris, intriguing and infuriating, captures the tension inherent in the teenage years, no matter what the decade. This joint is jumping.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“Iris' story has considerable crossover appeal, enticing both mystery lovers and historical fiction fans, with a cunningly devised plot and a cast of period-specific characters. . . .” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Read the Kirkus Review of THE GIRL IS MURDER . Take a powder, Nancy Drew. 1940s girl sleuth Iris Anderson is on the case. - Kirkus Reviews