Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines

The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines (Roaring Brook Press, 2012)

Summary from publisher:
Iris Anderson doesn't mean to be trouble, but once she finds out that there's more to her mother's suicide than she previously thought, it's hard to avoid going behind her father's back and putting her newly honed detective skills to work.  Then there's Benny, the Italian boy at school who looks like trouble, but is proving to be an invaluable asset in solving what is certainly Iris's most intense and personal case to date.
Author Kathryn Miller Haines perfectly captures the heartache and the hopefulness of wartime era New York City, all the while delivering a gripping mystery with a most appealing heroine.

The Girl Is Trouble is an excellent followup to The Girl Is Murder.  I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Iris and follow her (sometimes ill-informed) adventures in New York City.  Iris is not perfect; she does not have a perfect life with perfect friends.  She has a father who was wounded physically during the attack at Pearl Harbor and psychologically by the suicide of his wife; a new life in a boarding house; a new school that is nothing like the private one she attended before her mother died; and new friends who don't discourage her from getting herself -and them- into trouble.

Readers who enjoy a bit of mystery in their historical fiction will enjoy both books in this series.  They are fun to read, with just the right amount of twists and turns.  I'm looking forward to finding out what kind of trouble Iris can get herself into next.

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