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The Girl is Trouble

(The Girl is Murder #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  97 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.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
4.5 Stars! The Girl is Trouble was even better than the Girl is Murder. In this volume we find out that there is more to Iris' mother's suicide than was previously determined. In addition to tracking down the events leading up to her mother's death, Iris is looking into a series of anti-Semitic letters that have been showing up in the lockers of Jewish students. There is plenty of action and plot twists in the book to keep the reader wondering who did it up until the end of the book. Hoping that ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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" (
Teri Martin
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Very much enjoyed. Love the setting and characters.
Amanda (WidowWatson reads)
Set in 1940′s New York, Haines’ YA detective novel is a quick read that offers sophisticated detective noir with a side of high school hijinx. This story completely helps me relive what it feels like to be a teenager. No, my mother was not murdered nor was my father a wounded vet turned detective. TGIT shares even the most mundane moments of teenage life with us, including school assemblies and clique politics. Like your typical double-edged sword, these moments of “the average kid at school” do ...more
Bonnijean Marley
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Girl is Trouble should be read as soon as possible after The Girl is Murder. The second book is set almost immediately after the first book.

The protagonist is 15, but the story seems more adult than young adult. Adultery, blackmail, undeage smoking, and underage drinking, as well as overhearing a fatal shooting then seeing the victim are just a few things that make this story seem a little intense for a YA classification.

This book also touches on anti-semitism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and
Mary Farrell
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read "This Girl is Murder" and I liked it, but was kind of ho-hum. This continuation of Iris' story was much more complex and I really enjoyed it a lot. I liked the deeper themes introduced as Iris struggles with so many questions about different character's actions, including her Pop, her best friend Pearl, her crush Bennie and her Uncle. There are shades of gray, but also actions by characters I won't mention that really shine, those who go beyond their own self-interest and preservation for ...more
Beth Kaminske
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really like the setting and characters in this book. But I hate the way Iris always makes assumptions, that are not based on facts, only her feelings. She makes me want to scream! That she could think her father would actually do something like that. And she also made assumptions about who the victim was, again without any proof.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed book two. A great read for the advanced MS girls. Nothing too scandalizing (no sex scenes), but enough intrigue to keep a girl reading and learning about the time period of some of the best slang!
Megara Ryan
I could have finished this, but I also could have not, and I chose to not.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Did not meet my expectations at all, whatever
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
I'm sorry I waited so long to read this follow-up to The Girl is Murder. I liked this one even better! My review is here.
Madigan W.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Emily (theBookishLounge)
3.5 stars

I found myself enjoying most of the book for the first half. However the quickened pace towards the end made me lose interest a bit as the scenes were short and uneventful. There were many turns in this novel that left me gobsmacked and others that were predictable. I felt the suspense and danger were very much present throughout the novel however, I felt the resolution was too fast.

Most of the novel centres around the mystery surrounding the death of Iris’ mother and in comes the “fake
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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,
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Didn't enjoy this book as much as the first -- I guess I'm just superficial enough to find all that late night dancing in Harlem with the fast crowd more jazzy than this dose of dealing with anti-Semitism which for some reason felt more contemporary in tone and attitude than the first one. (Maybe it's because going to the Harlem hot spots isn't something part of the scene today, whereas dealing with racism, anti-semitism etc. still is. Also, much of the story (that of Iris' mother) happens in th ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Cheryl A
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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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