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The Girl is Murder (The Girl is Murder #1)

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Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.
It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop'
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Published July 19th 2011 by Roaring Brook Press
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Nov 29, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

I liked Iris enough as a character, and while I thought the mystery played out fine, it was everything else that didn't quite work for me.

First, I thought the repetition of the fact it was 1942 became old quick. There's showing me a setting and a time period, which is done well, but then it also falls a bit too hard into telling with the repetition of television show names, radio show names, product brands, etc. Those things are pretty meaningless to me as a reader and don't add to the
Aug 06, 2011 AnnaBnana rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Iris is desperate to help her father with his private dectective business. Since his injury in the war, she sees her services as indespensible to him, but since he's been gone half her life, all he can see her as is a little girl.

There were elements of this book I liked very much. I love mid-century mysteries and I liked Iris. She was a plucky girl going for what she wants, making mistakes along the way, but learning as she goes. I was hoping to like this installment of noir historical mystery/d
Taylor Smothers
Jan 02, 2015 Taylor Smothers rated it did not like it
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Mar 22, 2012 Maree rated it liked it
This is one of those situations where I'd kind of like a half star. This book isn't the average meh YA book, but it didn't astound me either.

Iris is a teenager recovering the dramatic suicide death of her mother a year earlier, the move from the Upper East End to the lower, poorer side, the shift from private school to public and the return of her father, a Pearl Harbor victim who lost his leg in the first throes of the second world war (for the US). Her father takes up practice as a private eye
Aug 27, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
I always liked Nancy Drew but also found her a little white bread if you get my drift. Iris Anderson is how Nancy Drew would be in reality, if Nancy's dad lost all his money and his leg. It's 1943 and Iris is just starting public school after going to private school for most of her life. Her father is back from the war after losing his leg at Pearl Harbor and her mother has committed suicide some months before. Iris's dad is a private eye but his business has suffered since he lost his leg. Iris ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
Well, what can I say? It was a decent historical mystery. The solution to the mystery, however, was a bit of a letdown. Scratch that; it was a complete letdown. I read this book right after reading What I Saw and How I Lied and the two are astonishingly similar. Even the covers look alike! However, What I Saw and How I Lied was the superior novel. This book has the right idea. The characters are cleverly written and the dialogue, though stilted at times, is realistic to the time period. The prob ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
As a fan of both historical fiction and Nancy Drew, I knew The Girl Is Murder was a must read. Iris Anderson is a wonderful main character that does an amazing job of giving us a glimpse into life of a 15-year-old girl living in 1942. She is dealing with the aftermath of her mother's suicide and her long absent father's return from Pearl Harbor (minus one leg). With money tight, Iris finds herself leaving her fancy private school and life on the Upper East Side behind for a life as a public scho ...more
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Iris Anderson is still in shock from her Mother's sudden suicide less than six months ago. Now she's living with her Pop in run-down neighborhood, going to public school. She's been taken away from the Upper East Side, her private school and all the friends she's ever had. Not to mention that Pop is barely scraping by as a private detective because he only has one leg after the disaster at Pearl Harbor, and he refuses to ask for help. Iris is miserable in public school and starts creeping around ...more
Why I picked it up: A review I read compared main character Iris to Veronica Mars. I nominated it for my GR YA Historical Fiction group’s monthly selection based on that alone.

Iris is 15 in 1942 and her life has changed a whole lot in the past year. Her father was injured at Pearl Harbor and is now home trying to make his detective agency work as an amputee with an artificial leg. Her mother committed suicide after learning that her husband would be coming home without a limb. Iris and her fathe
Alex Baugh
Mar 08, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Veteran mystery writer Kathryn Miller Haines has penned her first YA mystery and like her adult mysteries, it is set in New York City during World War II. And though it is war time, the war seems to play the part of another character. The story isn’t war related, but the action couldn’t happen if there wasn’t a war happening.

It is the first day at her new school for 15 year old Iris Anderson and she is understandably nervous. A former student at the post Upper East Side private girls’ school, C
First Sentence: "Pop's leg was across the room when I came downstairs."

Iris Anderson is a teenage girl living on the Lower East Side in New York in 1942. Her father has returned home from the war with a missing leg. Her mother, faced with the prospect of a wounded husband and dealing with the discrimination hurled at her for being a German, has committed suicide. As a result of her mother's death and her father's inability to work as he once did, Iris has gone from private school, upper East Si
Mar 23, 2013 Hallie rated it liked it
2.5 stars, rounded up because there were things I liked a lot about the book, despite much shakiness.

Actually, I found this to be an odd mix of solid, intriguing, and really dodgy. The best part, to me, was the setting, as I can't think of any other books I've read set in New York City during World War 2 (it's 1942). That's also a bit of a problem, however, as I didn't feel that the characterization was up to the setting, so there was nothing to carry my attention over rough spots. Specifically,
Aug 20, 2011 Precious rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

Things weren’t going so well for Iris. After losing her mother and her life and getting the father who was a stranger to her, she had to go to a public school and be the new girl. Iris was a very curious girl. Intuitive, determined and stubborn, she took after her mother. I liked her and I found it easy to relate to her. She was not perfect. She lied too many times, disobeyed her father and kept things from everyone. But she was able to unearth the truth, a
Feb 10, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Oh, kids. I have a weakness, and that weakness is teenage girl detectives. Ever since my dad brought home my first Nancy Drew book when I was a little girl I have been hooked on the girl detective. I was a faithful watcher of Veronica Mars, even when she broke up with Logan and went to college and hooked up with that dude who was cute but about as interesting as a sink full of cold dishwater.

And! Not only does The Girl is Murder have a girl detective, it’s set in the 1940s. POW. I love anything
Jul 07, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing
It’s 1942, and everything has changed so quickly for Iris Anderson. Her mother is gone, and her father has just returned from the war with a missing leg. They’ve moved to a new neighborhood for financial reasons, and Iris is finding it difficult to adjust to life on the Lower East Side. The only constant in her life has been Pop’s job as a private investigator, but even that is challenged as Pop finds it harder to keep up with the more physical demands of his job. All Iris wants to do is help ou ...more
Feb 19, 2016 mars rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-adore
What's makes it amazing is the characters. Sound just like they are from the 1940's. Young, intriguing, beautiful.
A mystery that leaves you on the edge of your seat and there are just moments in this book that makes your jaw drop.
Impressive Miller Haines.
May 05, 2016 Krista rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
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Aug 30, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie theme is even the most childlike items are clues. This is because on every fireplace in every bedroom a nursery rhyme is hung and it corresponds with the murders. This novel is in third person omniscient. At the start of the book eight people are invited to stay at a mansion on Soldier Island off the Devon coast, supposedly bought by a movie star, and each of them were invited to stay there by a long lost friend. At the mansion there are ten people inc ...more
Mark Shannon
Aug 14, 2015 Mark Shannon rated it liked it
This YA novel is rich in period detail and fondly recalls the exploits of Veronica Mars. It's 1942 and Iris has fallen down the social ladder after the death of her mother and the return of her father--a wounded veteran who fought at Pearl Harbor. Once a member of the student body at the Chapin School--a girl's school on the Upper East Side of New York City--Iris now finds herself forced to attend public school because her Pop can no longer afford the tuition. In addition to all of those changes ...more
Erin S.
Aug 26, 2014 Erin S. rated it it was ok
In The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Jones, the author tells the reader that sometimes it's better to just mind our own business than start a riot with our beliefs. Iris' dad has been a detective for a few years now, and Iris suddenly has a passion to be one, too. She believes that it would be better for her to take over for her father since he lost his leg in World War II; so, she decides to look into a case that will unite with her old friends, make new ones and drop her current ones. Iris ...more
Jillian A
Jul 31, 2014 Jillian A rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
In "The Girl is Murder" by Kathryn Miller Haines, Iris is starting public school for the first time. She is very scared because she is used to going to an all girls private school. Ever since her mother committed suicide and her father came back from the war hurt, Iris feels like she doesn't have any one to turn to. As a detective, her father soon has to work on a case about a boy at Iris's new school. Iris soon learns that she wants to help her father with the case, even if it means she has to ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Erica added it
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The main character Iris, is fifteen years old and trying to help her father run a private investigation. Her father keeps refusing her help even though she keeps risking it. Iris is just starting a new school and she gets involved with people she normally never would have at her old private school. When a student and a kind of friend of Iris’s goes missing she finds that she’s the only one the believes that he didn’t just run away but something bad had happened to him.
The time frame
May 25, 2012 Melyssa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love the World War eras and I liked the idea behind this novel.

I was a little disappointed that Tom's character was introduced and then pushed aside. And I could not make up my mind which was the evil girl. Rhona. No, Pearl. No, it has to be Grace... No, defo Jo. But as it drew to the end I started to figure it out...

I am really looking forward to reading the next one. I hope Suze is in it more. I liked her. :D
Jun 15, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Iris lives with her father, wounded in Pearl Harbor, on the Lower East Side of NYC in 1942. Up until now, she's lived with her mother while Pop has been in the Navy. Receiving news that he was coming home, Iris' mother committed suicide.

So Iris and her father make do. Iris goes to public school, and doesn't fit in. Her father is a private investigator, but can't do his job as well now that he's missing a leg. Iris decides she's going to help. Then he's hired to find a young man who's gone missin
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3.5 Stars

"It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certai
Gabi J
Oct 13, 2015 Gabi J rated it really liked it
The historical fiction/mystery book The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines takes place in New York City 1942, during the pinnacle of World War II. The protagonist, Iris Anderson, is the shrewd teenage daughter of a veteran and detective. After Iris's mother commits suicide and her father loses his leg in the war, he moves back to New York to live with her, but money is growing tight. Iris's father opens his detective business, and they move from the Upper East Side to the Lower East Side. ...more
Charlotte K
Mar 05, 2015 Charlotte K rated it liked it
I believe that the author's central idea was that to be honest in your relationships because you can very easily get caught up in a lie. The reader comes to understand that sometimes people can get so caught up in trying to do the right thing that they don't see what they're doing is wrong. This story takes place in Fall of 1942 during World War II. This story takes place in the rich Upper East Side of NY where the children go to private school and have Ivy League futures ahead of them. It also ...more
Kelsie Gause
Aug 07, 2013 Kelsie Gause rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, mystery
This book was incredibly good! I don't normally like books that occur in the "olden days"; 1942. I

was real surprised with myself that I enjoyed it so much. I'm also shocked that I picked it up in

the library cause it sounded so interesting. I loved it!
Oct 04, 2015 Anjali added it
Shelves: form-2
The Girl Is Murder by Katherine Miller Haines is about 15-year-old Iris who is with her dad. Her dad is a detective Iris always wants to help her dad, her dad always says no, until this year whenever someone who went to her public school, Tom Barney, has gone missing. From this book I learned that the truth always comes out. Iris is always trying to cover up her tracks, and makes sure no one knows what she was doing. An example of this is when she tries to convince Suze that her dad is in the mi ...more
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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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