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The Girl is Trouble (The Girl is Murder #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  500 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother's supposed suicide, suddenly Iris is thrown headfirst into her most intense and personal case yet.
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Nov 13, 2012 Lorna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I didn't like this one quite as much as the first one, although it was still good and I will read any further adventures of Iris. (I still miss Rosie Winter, though!) But I will give it four stars, if for no other reason than this quote:

“ ’That’s how it starts, isn’t it , Iris? All these awful things in the world? We don’t stand up for the people being hurt because the ones doing the hurting are our friends and family and we can’t believe that they don’t have a rational explanation for why they

Although not enthused with the behavior of main character Iris in The Girl Is Murder, I loved the setting and was eager to return. Thus I was very pleased that my request was accepted on Netgalley and I happily dove into this part two.

More good news-Iris has somewhat learned her lesson about lying and sneaking around although she still does quite a bit in this book. But unlike last time, it didn't really bother me. In fact, I was very much Team Iris, supporting her through her trials and travail
Jul 10, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines is the quickly paced, satisfying second installment in the Girl is Murder series. I have not read the first installment, and I don't think it is necessary for the reader to pick that book up to enjoy The Girl is Trouble. I had a great time reading the book without any idea at first that their was a first. Hats off to the author for the smooth writing! I wasn't put off at all by references to previous cases.

Although Iris is perfectly likeable, I felt l
Apr 15, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to The Girl is Murder had a different feel than the first book. Instead of throwing in a lot of superficial allusions to it's 40's time frame (a somewhat-but not completely-unfair summary of the first book's modus operandi), this book mostly highlights the big-picture aspects of WWII America, focusing on anti-semitism and wartime anxiety instead of Deanna Durbin. Which results in a heavier book, though that's probably unavoidable considering the main plot is Iris' efforts to find out ...more
Teri Martin
Jan 17, 2016 Teri Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew the second book would be even better then the first?! I was always on the edge of my seat! Their are just no words other than this book was truly an AMAZING read! Hoping that there will be a third one.
Jun 09, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! Great storyline and development. I also liked that there were less superficial slang words and more capturing of the whole time period. Iris understands she's not the best detective but still searches for the truth which I love! Admitting your own mistakes is important. Very good sequel, better than the first (which was pretty good by itself)!

Haines also focuses on bigger motifs appropriate for the setting. Can there be a good nazi? Or should you "paint the enemy with a wide brush" (
Very much enjoyed. Love the setting and characters.
Jul 14, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main message in The Girl Is Trouble, by Kathryn Miller Haines, is that the ones who matter the most are the people who the truth is more important. The Girl Is Trouble takes place in New York City, in the 1940s, a year after Pearl Harbor. The city is full of Anti-Jewish posters, pamphlets, and someone even starts putting threatening notes in Jewish kids’ lockers at Iris’s school. Iris Anderson is a teenage girl who lives with her dad, who lost a leg at Pearl Harbor and is a detective, and sh ...more
May 27, 2014 Far rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the first book, I feel that this one definitely improved and was so much better.
We get to finally find out the true story of what happened to Iris's mother, which made the adventure and mystery ever so tantalizing.
Iris's task to find the culprit in the letters to the Jewish Federation seemed unnecessary, but it did serve as a glimpse of the issues back on the homefront during the war.
Benny and Iris' interactions were cute, but that's all.
I really enjoyed reading this book, though! :
Colleen Lecomte
Dec 23, 2015 Colleen Lecomte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
It's 1942 and Iris is a high-school girl smack dab in the middle of New York City - and a German Jew. At school, threatening notes are being left in Jewish students' lockers, and at home she is adjusting to life without her mother (an apparent suicide) and with a father that has lost a leg during Pearl Harbor. Iris is trying to help her father with some light detective work but gets caught up in a heavy case that hits dangerously close to home.

Well written and refreshingly light (even with some
The book is about a girl who is a twist on young Nancy Drew. The story takes place in New York about a year after the Pearl Harbor bombing.Iris is a teenage girl with a father detective. Her father has been training her to become a young detective all of the cases her dad gives her to solve are fake but when she finds herself in the middle of two mysteries what will she do? One of the mysteries involves her personal, family live. The other is at school. Will Iris be able to solve the mysteries. ...more
Allison Riendeau
Having just realized this is actually the second book in series, this reviewer was pleasantly surprised that it can *almost* stand alone. Fans of Blundell's What I Saw and How I Lied will appreciate the quick-witted detecting heroine out to uncover the truth behind her mother's supposed suicide. Multiple mysteries in this novel keep the reader guessing, all the while encouraging admiration for Iris, her odd friend Pearl, and her gumshoe father. What sets this book apart from other mysteries, how ...more
Mar 10, 2016 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I was so excited to catch up with Iris again and get some answers to questions raised in book one, The Girl Is Murder. I felt the author really outdid herself with the mysteries this time around. This installment was packed with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I was greatly impressed as Iris delved into the mysteries surrounding her mother's death and also tried to help figure out those responsible for leaving threatening notes in the lockers of Jewish students at school. B ...more
Madigan W.
Oct 05, 2014 Madigan W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This month, I read The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines. This book is the sequel to The Girl is Murder, which I read over the summer. The main character of this book is Iris Anderson, who lives in New York City, NY in 1941. Iris’ mother committed suicide right after she heard her husband was badly injured in Pearl Harbor. At least, this is what the public is led to believe. Iris is sure that there was something more to her mother’s sudden death. While Iris is investigating this tragedy o ...more
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"Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother's supposed suicide, suddenly Iris is thrown headfirst into her most intense and personal case yet." (From Amazon)

The second book continues with Iris trying to figure out what happened to her mother and trying to fit in to her new school. I am not sure
Ms. Yingling
In this sequel to The Girl is Murder, Iris is back. World War II is still a constant presence in her life, since her detective father lost his leg at Pearl Harbor, and her Jewish mother committed suicide after finding out he was badly hurt. Or did she? Iris comes across photos in her father's files that indicate that her mother died a bloody death in a hotel room instead of ingesting pills, but even the newspaper sticks with the suicide story. At the same time, Iris' friend Pearl and other stude ...more
Alex Baugh
Jun 25, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
Back in March, I introduced you to Iris Anderson, 15 year old girl sleuth living on the Lower East Side in NYC. In that first novel, we learned that her mother had inexplicably committed suicide. Her death brought changes in live of Iris and her dad, a vet who lost his leg in Pearl Harbor.

The Girl is Trouble opens just a few weeks after The Girl is Murder ended. The first anniversary of Pearl Harbor is approaching, Iris is still attending PS 110, and hanging around with and confiding in her bes
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The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines
Title: The Girl is Trouble
Author: Kathryn Miller Haines
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Macmillan
Age Group: 12-17 years
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: Publisher
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Book Synopsis: Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother's supposed suicide,
Cheryl A
Aug 14, 2013 Cheryl A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-historical
This second novel featuring 1940's high school student Iris Anderson picks up just weeks after the first (The Girl is Murder). Iris is being trained by her private investigator father to help him out in his business and Iris has been asked by the president of her school's Jewish Student Federation to look into some poison pen letters being left in locker. Iris enlists the help of her friend Pearl with the school related investigation so that Iris can look into the mysterious "suicide" of her mot ...more
Jul 13, 2012 M.E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE GIRL IS TROUBLE is a follow-up to THE GIRL IS MURDER. I supposed it's possible to read them out of order, but I don't recommend it.

It's only days after the story ends in THE GIRL IS MURDER, and life isn't all that great for Iris. Once again, Haines expertly brings us into the life and times of a fifteen year old girl in 1941 - a year after Pearl Harbor, and only one year into a war that isn't looking like it's going to end soon.

The tone of this book is much darker. There are threats against
Jul 21, 2013 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here's the thing - I liked the book fine, however, the incorrect use of German in it annoyed me a lot. There are about 120 million people in the world whose mother tongue is German, surely even more who speak it well as a second language and one would think you could ask one of them to double check on your writing.

Quoting from the book:

"Und es sieht aus wie ich habe unbefugten Zugriffen."

This is coming from a character in the book who according to the text lives in a predominantly German neighbo
I like my mystery detectives to be like Sherlock or Poirot. Those all-knowing eyes seeing the littlest clues in the most unlikely places. Or, for them to be like Jacques Clouseau, an utter clutz that still manages to solve the mystery by pure luck. The problem I had with The Girl Is Trouble is that the heroine was neither.

Iris Anderson and her dad, a veteran, are living in the Lower East Side. Her mother committed suicide almost a year ago, and dad doesn't want to talk about it. When Iris discov
Apr 23, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
While not one of the best mystery stories I have read, and definitely not being able to match up to Sherlock Holmes, this novel was enjoyable, if I didn't try to analyze every single fact and event too deeply.
The novel is overall intriguing, keeping my attention through the suspense. There were many twists and turns, mysterious characters and surprising events that kept me flipping the pages!

Kathryn was able to depict a very believable setting during the World War 2, where there are extreme pre
Sep 13, 2013 AyaY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-i
The Girl is Trouble seems to be pointing out that everything is a mystery and you have to go to full lengths to uncover what that truth is. Iris and her two friends are back to uncover many other mysteries. A girl named Iris is in High school, and at first she hated it but now she has friends, and a ton of mysterious to solve. Iris is a detective, so when racist letters were put into lockers everyone came to Iris for help. Aside from Iris’ mysteries at school she still does not have a clue what ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not everything is what is seems to be. Just an assumption can lead anyone in the wrong direction. Iris Anderson lives with her detective father during World War Two. As nobody seems to trust her on any detective work, Iris investigates on her own to find the truth about the interconnected mysteries of mother's death, her father and uncle's secrecy, her friend Pearl, and the threats that keep appearing in student's lockers.

This book is is probably really close to being the best book I read all y
Dec 28, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things are finally starting to look up for Iris Anderson, or at least, they aren’t as chaotic and awful as they used to be. Iris is blending into her high school on the Lower East Side, even if everyone else thinks her closest friend Pearl is a bit weird. And even though the Rainbows haven’t totally forgiven her, at least they aren’t giving her too much trouble either. But the best part is that Iris’s Pop is finally letting her help out with his detective agency, as long as she follows every one ...more
This is book 2!

It's been a year since Pearl Harbor and almost a year since Iris's mother killed herself, or did she? Iris (the girl detective) has been hired by her schools Jewish Student Federation to find out who has been leaving them all Nazi like notes in their lockers. As Iris and her friend Pearl try to figure out what is happening at school, Iris' father is testing Iris as a real detective. But soon she learns that her Pops and her Aunt and Uncle have been hiding the truth about what happ
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

The Girl is Trouble reminded me of Nancy Drew, with a heroine who likes a good mystery and the shenanigans that follow.

What I like is the combination of mystery-solving with a historical setting (specifically, post-World War II). I thought the main mystery was handled well, though it was very simply solved (even though there are a bunch of dangerous and slightly unrealistic situations tossed in there!).

What I didn’t like was the fact that I never re
Jan 26, 2016 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this one better than the first. The mystery was much more enthralling. It was a little slow though. I felt like things didn't really get started until the very end, and we were forced to care about characters that we hadn't ever met. I still love Iris, and the friendship/relationship with Benny seemed relatively natural actually. But I missed the excitement of the first! I did appreciate the more historical background and focus, which added a major dimension to the story. Overall ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this sequel. The mystery plot is well developed and the characters, from the get go, just seamlessly led me back into the early 1940's and Iris' life. While we see a rebellious side to Iris, it makes the reading interesting and appropriate for her age. I don't think I'd have had the guts to be as 'nosy' as she is to find out truths, but I liked living vicariously through her while she did.

We get to see the old 'crew' from Pearl to Benny. The romance is nice added element but the myster
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Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and received her BA in English and Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She's a member of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime and has been a board member of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers o ...more
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