Fun Veronica Mars mystery that will appeal to fans of the show and the movie. This book picks up three months after the action covered in the film (which I promptly checked out from the library and watched upon realizing the book was making references to it, and I still hadn't seen it). The book, like the film, is set in 2014, ten years after Veronica graduated from high school. In the interim, she has completed undergrad and a law degree from Stanford. Although she's had a lucrative job offer with a Manhattan law firm, she's found herself drawn to her father's PI business, Mars Investigations. And now there is a juicy case to investigate: two girls have disappeared from a mysteriously bankrolled spring-break "party" house, and the Neptune Chamber of Commerce is eager to stop a "Nancy Grace"-style cable-TV commentator from continuing to warn parents away from allowing their college-aged children from spring-breaking in Neptune, CA. And of course, the incompetent but politically expedient Sheriff Lamb can't be relied upon to solve the case. So enter Veronica.
As a fan of the show, I of course pictured the actors who played Veronica, her father Keith, hacker friend/colleague Mac, love interest Logan Eccles, and others. The mystery is just twisty enough to keep things interesting, and Veronica's wit and humor makes the story fun. I suspect that even readers who didn't follow the show can enjoy this, but they might decide they want to catch up on DVD or Netflix. It's just three seasons (sob), so go for it! (Watch the movie, too.)
I am using this book to fulfill the week-five theme of my library's summer-reading program: Genre fiction (mystery, of course). There is a book two to this series, but the library doesn't own it (hint, hint).