missing Veronica Mars: bookstitutes to ease that sleuthing heart
September 11, 2016
We were heartbroken when Veronica Mars was cancelled after an oddly confined third season. The first two seasons of this show are basically perfect television (not a label I offer to many). Moody, witty, angsty moments: the teen gumshoe series had each of these YA musts, and then offered plot bends of true noir fashion with Bogart-level style. After we were lucky enough to get our final goodbye in the Veronica Mars movie, perhaps one might think the pain of this loss has ebbed.
that spunky private detective who spoke sarcastically and carried a big SLR lens ...
Yet, here I am still nostalgic for that spunky private detective who spoke sarcastically and carried a big SLR lens. If you've got that itch for a badass teen PI taking on the gritty streets of a twisted world, there is no real substitute for this favorite series, but I can offer some reading distraction:
Not exactly the dank underbelly of Neptune, but an Aussie museum's dark corners offer spots for intrigue (and make-out sessions) in this murder story. A more lighthearted, easy-reading mystery.
on the to-read shelf
by Simon Mason
Bodies found in creepy ponds, and an outsider slacker genius pulling more weight than the cops. Veronica might be okay with this guy.
by Hannah Jayne
Girl abandoned by parent. Whole town hates her dad; because they think he is a serial killer who killed Girl's mother. What is Girl to do--maybe kick butt and solve a mystery?
My Secret to Tell
by Natalie D. Richards
High-school accused seeking girl to exculpate accused of assault charges. Must love finding and analyzing clues.
Love the campiness of 40s & 50s noir? The 80s & 90s offered their own brand.
Whisper of the Cat
by Norma Johnston
A perfect late 80s thriller read. Set on an eerie, out of the way island and with suspicious characters lurking in the night, this mystery is good option for a bit of neon pants and big hair nostalgia.
Sweet Valley Twins: The Ghost in the Bell Tower (Super Chiller #4)
by Francine Pascal (creator), Jamie Suzanne
Not Nancy Drew for me when I was a kid. My original girls who did it all--Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Yes, between cheerleading or debate team leading, the twins also had time to go on vacation once in a while and reveal the secrets of haunted mansions. (Um, yes this is a part of the Super Chillers Special Editions series! That means this is only one of the Super Chillers for you to love.)
by Christopher Pike
A haunting old friend who's murder needs solving? A version via Christopher Pike's very addicting pen (at least, very addicting to 12-year-old me!).
bonus: when you just need more mars
If nothing else will do other than a Veronica Mars revisit, Rob Thomas has got you.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line & Mr. Kiss and Tell
(Veronica Mars book series)
by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Veronica is still on the case! In these two YA novels!
Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars
Edited by Rob Thomas, contributions by various authors
Various essays take a look at what made the series so...good.