Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Veronica is settling into her life back in Neptune; she’s working with her dad as a full-fledged P.I., splitting the workload as pseudo-partners; she’s happy with Logan, who is based in San Diego for the time being; and she’s helping her friends stay out of jail. All is well with Veronica, but Neptune is still plagued by the same shady situations which keep Veronica’s bills paid.
This time Veronica is hired to help with an insurance claim from the same Neptune Grand that hired her in the first of the spin-off novels. A girl was raped on their property, and the accused was an illegal immigrant working at the Grand. They want to avoid a lawsuit, and Veronica wants to find out the truth (she has a particular affinity for rape cases).
The second in the new book series based off the cult tv show doesn’t have as strong or fascinating a mystery as the first book, this one being more trying to prove than figuring out, and there’s a lot of side story on the corruption in the Sheriff’s office and Weevil’s case. That being said, it’s still a fun read and a decent mystery.
I wasn’t a big fan of the chapters that featured narration from Keith’s perspective, as the core of Veronica Mars is Veronica herself (just as the TV show had her do a voice over to keep it all in perspective and offer insight to her feelings). While I didn’t hate it, and appreciated getting to know his side of things a bit more, it felt out of place for me.
The characters are what really sell this series, and this is no exception. Veronica is one of my favorite female characters, and the translation to book form only helps understand her better. While I missed Kristen Bell’s audiobook narration (I read the book instead because she didn’t narrate the audiobook), I could still hear her voice reading it, and Thomas and Graham did a wonderful job capturing that voice on the page. It reads like a Veronica Mars tv episode, and isn’t that the point?
The ending wrapped up the story arcs the movie introduced and the first book propelled along. While there is enough ambiguity and chance for continuing the series past the two book deal, no word yet on whether the series will continue. I hope it does.