The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
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.
To be honest I don't think I've ever watched more than half an episode of Veronica Mars, but then again the series ran when I was 9-11 so it wasn't really for me then. However, after reading this book I am going out to buy the series this weekend.
It is no secret that I love my mystery/thriller books, hence my love for The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, so Veronica Mars was defiantly for me. So this book is set 10 years after the TV show ended & the movie which was set a year or so before this book, so if your like me & have never seen these before it is okay! You just will slowly pick up on things about her dad, mum, Logan, Mac and Wallace.
It is spring break in Neptune and a college girl goes missing one night after a house party is the rich area of town, the Sheriff doesn't think that it is important, so Veronica is called up to try and find out what exactly happened to Hayley. With the help of her friends Mac and Wallace, Veronica is on the case.
I found whilst reading that I loved the fact that all the focus was on the mystery and nothing really else expect for some family drama which occurs when a second girl, Aurora, goes missing at the same house. I enjoyed reading and following what Veronica was doing and how she went about finding who took Hayley and Aurora. Through out the book we had four suspects who could of been behind the kidnapping, which made it harder to figure out who done it. While Veronica does have a love interest, he is just in the air force and isn't around, so not much on that front.
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line is a fantastic novel to kick off the new part of the Veronica Mars franchise. It is perfect for those who love mystery or are fans of Veronica Mars. Book two in the series Mr. Kiss and Tell is out February in Australia!
Thanks Allen and Unwin for the review copy!