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  • 04/2018
  • B07CDFR269
  • 86 pages
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Veronica Mars - the TV series: The Scarlet Liter
It’s Halloween in Neptune, CA, someone has played a nasty trick on one of Veronica Mars’ friends, and she doesn’t have a lot of friends to spare. Unfairly wrought as the most hated person in the history of Neptune High, and perhaps smarting a bit from a recent breakup, now it’s up to the teen sleuth to take the case - the corrupt and lazy Sheriff’s Department refuses to look into the attackers. Veronica needs to find who did it, and get back what they stole, before time runs out. She may also make a few wise cracks and wreak vengeance upon some deserving parties along the way. The clock is ticking.
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Afternoon Attic Reader (blog)

Great Veronica Mars story involving a convenience store robbery. Fast-paced and witty, with all the familiar characters. Fans of the show will enjoy all the references to people and events from various episodes (all of which are nicely annotated by the author at the end of the story). But the story includes plenty of backstory to be very enjoyable for readers new to the Veronica Mars world as well. Reading it felt just like watching another episode of Veronica Mars! Entertaining short read!

Kirkus Reviews

Whip-smart teen detective Veronica Mars does some off-the-books gumshoeing for a friend in Green’s debut mystery, inspired by the cult mid-2000s TV series.

Veronica may be the least popular student at California’s Neptune High. This is largely due to her unwavering support of her dad, Keith, who accused local billionaire Jake Kane of “holding back” in the murder investigation of Jake’s daughter (and Veronica’s best friend), Lilly. This resulted in Keith’s forced exit from the sheriff’s office and his daughter’s new status as a pariah among her peers. Veronica now works part-time for her PI father and has only one friend, Wallace Fennel. She comes to Wallace’s aid after two masked assailants rob the Sac-n-Pack convenience store where he works. The stolen items include his wallet, which contained basketball-game tickets, which he received courtesy of LeBron James, a teammate at Wallace’s former school. Despite the robbers’ warning to Wallace not to mess with PCH, a local biker gang, Veronica suspects that the culprits may be fellow high schoolers. Soon, she’s interrogating schoolmates to find out who among them doesn’t have a sturdy alibi. There’s potential danger when she later confronts the actual PCH, and also a ticking clock, as the basketball game is a mere week away, and LeBron had promised to introduce Wallace to Cleveland Cavaliers coaches. Green’s novella caters both to fans of the TV show and newcomers. The plot is set early in the series’ first season, and it features numerous secondary characters from the show. The author adequately re-creates Veronica’s endearing snarkiness and affinity for pop-culture references, which many readers will appreciate. Moreover, Green skillfully incorporates the show’s ongoing subplots, most notably Veronica’s harassment at school and her drugging and rape from the previous year, which is still part of an as-yet-unsolved mystery. It’s a solid link to the episodes that also provides added complications for the heroine. Her quest to unmask the robbers is a fairly run-of-the-mill mystery, but the appealing Veronica will make readers come back for future installments.

An admirable tie-in that gives its protagonist all the qualities that made her indelible on TV more than a decade ago.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2018
  • B07CDFR269
  • 86 pages
  • $1.99

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