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Goldie Vance #1-4

Goldie Vance Vol. 1

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Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it's her dream to one day be the hotel's in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery...even if it means getting into a drag race, solving puzzles, or chasing a helicopter to do it!

112 pages, Paperback

First published April 13, 2016

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Hope Larson

123 books642 followers
Hope Larson is an American illustrator and comics artist. Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Profile Image for Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd).
332 reviews7,309 followers
December 3, 2017
Excuse me, where has this fabulous retro queer woc detective been all my life???? Everything about this is a win. The art style is bright and fun, the storyline walks just the right side of ridiculous, and it stars a 16 year old girl who kicks ass, solves mysteries, and falls for a sometimes-record salesperson/sometimes-actress girl named Diane. There's also street racing and hotel shenanigans and like.... this was perfection. I'm going to pick up volume 2 as soon as I can possibly get to the library.

In short: came for the fun detective story, stayed for EVERYTHING ELSE
Profile Image for Sonia.
32 reviews6 followers
April 19, 2017
I don't know how to rate this book. Because I really enjoyed like 90% of it, but there was one thing in it that made me REALLY UPSET. Like, sick to my stomach upset. My first instinct was to give it a 4 because so much of it is good and cute and i want to be "fair" or whatever, but it's been 30 minutes since I finished it and I'm still really upset. So. Let me talk a little bit about why. Content warning for Nazis under the spoiler tag

Profile Image for Calista.
3,871 reviews31.2k followers
February 4, 2019
This is wonderful. The Nancy Drew Archetype has once again been invigorated and updated for a new generation. This is spunky and fun and colorful and in all ways fabulous. The mysteries are overly complicated, but they are still enjoyable to see solved.

I love the energy and the spirit of Goldie and her crew. I love the set-up. She works and lives at a hotel and she is the house detective, unoffically, while the real detective isn't very good at this.

I can't wait to read the next one!
Profile Image for Melki.
5,788 reviews2,340 followers
June 23, 2017
While I loved Larson's Compass South, this one barely earned a third star from me.

The story: Goldie is a young teen who yearns to be a detective at the Florida hotel managed by her dad. She gets her chance to solve a big-time mystery when it seems that all manner of skeevy weirdos want to get their hands on a cheap, crappy necklace stolen from the resort.

It was all a little too far-fetched for me. The whole premise was hard to swallow, plus, good girl Goldie seems awfully adept at not only stealing cars, but racing them against more experienced drivers. Brittney Williams' artwork also drove me batty. Characters seemed to be passing by funhouse mirrors - one minute they are tall and slender, the next, they're short and squat.


For me, this was a two-star read, but since I'm not the intended audience - (my ten-year-old self would probably have loved it) - I'll award another star. I've also never been a Nancy Drew fan, so maybe that accounts for my lack of amusement. I see this is being compared to Lumberjanes #1, another one I didn't relish, so maybe fans of that book will enjoy this one. I did not.

Time for my Geritol and a nap.
Profile Image for Joce (squibblesreads).
230 reviews4,921 followers
October 19, 2018
Bless this series! Our protagonist is Goldie Vance, a biracial 16 year old girl who works as a valet at a resort hotel. In this volume, she is drawn sharing a mutual crush with another girl but does not state how she identifies. She moonlights as the on site detective and is hella smart. She has a vast knowledge of cars and driving from her valet job and also races for fun/“business” (to hold leverage for some of the cases she’s trying to solve). Her parents are divorced or separated but amicable in that her dad tells her to say hi to her mom when she goes to stay at her mom’s for a night.

The vibe of the graphic novel overall is kinda like the old school Archie comics with a touch of Grease. It also has the lighthearted mystery drive of Nancy Drew but way more diverse in terms of all character demographics. There is also another WOC who wants to be an astronaut and reads astronomy books. YES.

I put a hold on V2 at my library and I’m waiting for it to come in!
Profile Image for kate.
1,147 reviews925 followers
June 12, 2018
This was so freaking cute!
Goldie is totally kickass and smart and I adore her and I want to steal Diane’s wardrobe. She reminded me of Rizzo from Grease and I’m all for whatever is happening between these two. I’m completely obsessed with the art style, with this bright colour scheme and 60’s setting making it all more fun. I have a feeling I’m going to become very attached to this series, its unique plot and wonderful characters. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love a retro detective series, set in a hotel, with a diverse cast of characters and an awesome qwoc lead?!
Profile Image for Chad.
7,689 reviews869 followers
February 4, 2019
A very fun book for tweens and up. The art and style is fantastic. The plot feels contrived, but overall a fun, fast-paced book.
Profile Image for destiny ♡ howling libraries.
1,655 reviews5,129 followers
August 10, 2019
This was so gorgeous and sweet! I'll be honest, I'm not big on kid or teen detective plotlines, so the story was a little out of my usual tastes, but the art was so pretty and the characters were so lovable, I still enjoyed it a lot and would definitely continue the series. I especially dug how fantastically diverse the character cast was, and that little beginning of a romance at the end was adorable! ♥
Profile Image for Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice).
1,151 reviews154 followers
September 14, 2018
This was a fun comic to read! Set in Florida, a girl called Goldie and her Dad work at a resort together. But Goldie has a passion for solving mysteries. Perfect for fans of Nancy Drew! The illustrations were colourful, expressive and displayed well. A series I will be continuing.
Profile Image for Erica.
1,327 reviews435 followers
February 6, 2017
Oh, goodness gracious. This is ridiculously adorable and full of good, clean fun.

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After all my bitching about Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself and Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, after my terrible disappointment in Unstoppable Octobia May, this comes along and redeems everything!

Ok, so, the actual story is worth four stars but with the candy-cute art, the teeny-bopper fun of it all, the fast-paced black-belt action that still contains a plot, this puppy deserves one more star.
Pretty much, mix up Nancy Drew with the aforementioned Princeless plus Archie or Richie Rich and add some Scooby-Doo but then remove the all-white, all-straight, all-same-bodied cast and you've got this little gem!
We're cataloging it as YA (for now) but it seems aimed more toward the 10 to 14-year-old crowd.

Spunky teen valet Goldie Vance, daughter of a hotel manager for the upscale, ritzy Crossed Palms Resort in Florida and a mermaid at The Mermaid Club, has a part-time (self-appointed) job as hotel detective, assisting (according to her) the Head of Security, Walt Tooey. She also moonlights as a matchmaker, trying to hook a dorky but decent-hearted bellhop up with her best friend, Cheryl, who works the front desk and is enchanted with science and space and might want to be an astronaut. Meanwhile, Goldie's got her own crush on Diane, greaser record store clerk, the coolest gal of 'em all. Oh, and she's a car enthusiast...especially when it comes to racing.

The backdrop is the sock-hopping '50's, though that doesn't necessarily mean this takes place in our '50's; it's got a more contemporary feel. It's not all golly-gosh, clean as a whistle. Goldie engages in morally questionable activities from time to time, believing that the ends justify the means, an outlook with which her father definitely does not agree. This, of course, leads to her fair share of trouble as she squares off with Russian kidnappers and necklace thieves as well as her personal arch nemesis, Sugar Maple.

I adore the artwork. The colors are vibrant, the illustrations just the cutest, and the panels support the story well, something especially important in a story where there's so much going on.
All in all, it's a light-hearted, fun, and somewhat silly graphic novel that doesn't obviously push any boundaries but also feels open and inclusive. I look forward to the next volume.
Profile Image for Elle (ellexamines).
1,084 reviews17.5k followers
July 20, 2017
Goldie Vance is a bit of a Nancy-Drew type. Not my thing - until you put it in graphic novel form. Graphic novels are just the kind of thing to turn my brain off.

The first thing I want to say is that this is one of the best-drawn graphic novels I have read. I have read a lot of YA graphic novels with fairly half-assed art styles, or styles I found too colorful and cheesy. There's a line, you know? After a while, all those colors get annoying. But this one is nothing of that sort.

The plot here is ridiculous. It's graphic novel fodder. But sometimes, you just need to turn your brain off. I did like the characters a fair amount; though none are anything particularly developed or special, I liked their feisty and sweet personalities.

Onto volume 2!!
Profile Image for Danika at The Lesbrary.
522 reviews1,285 followers
December 26, 2016
This was cute! I was thinking it was going to be a little less international intrigue, but I still liked it. And apparently I'm still at the point where I think "Is she gay?? She couldn't possibly be. That's too good to be true. I mean, she is admiring this girl through the window, and then in the next panel there are just three repeating thought bubbles of her imagining this girl smiling at her. And she blushes when she sees her. And they hold hands. But that couldn't possibly be actual queer text in an all-ages comic, could it??"
Profile Image for Steph.
541 reviews269 followers
August 18, 2021

i just skimmed this again before finally moving on to the next volume (four and a half years later lol). it's so much more farfetched and dramatic than i'd remembered! but so much fun! goldie does read a lot younger than 16, but i suppose that makes it more of an all-ages comic.


For some reason, one of my childhood dreams was to live in a hotel. I also dreamed of being a spy. These aspirations never converged in my mind, despite the fact that they work together perfectly. It was such fun to meet a protagonist who works as a detective in a luxury hotel. There's always available mystery and intrigue for Goldie Vance, and she has plenty of smarts and spunk in her favor.

This comic is beautiful to the eyes. The art is lovely; very bright and animated. Cute colors and old-school style give everything an awesome 1950s feel, which matches the detective theme.

The plot of this volume is more sophisticated than I expected; not kid stuff. And it's accompanied with an adorable f/f crush, and possibly budding romance, which definitely made the story feel more real and complete. I really enjoyed the first volume of Goldie Vance; it was over too soon, so I will definitely look forward to the next installment!

Thank you to Netgalley and BOOM! Box for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for anna (½ of readsrainbow).
587 reviews1,786 followers
February 9, 2020
rep: mixed-race Black sapphic mc, Black characters, sapphic li

finally some good food!!! if u want a 'john travolta in greese'-esque love interest but gay, look no further!! but also, it's just THE cutest shit ever and such a wild ride from start to finish!
Profile Image for Emma.
911 reviews869 followers
January 20, 2019
This is so cute. Goldie is a sweet girl who works in a resort with her father and her friends. She's got a passion for mysteries and that's why she helps the resort detective solve cases for the guests. Goldie also has a crush on Diane, a girl who works in a record store. I mean, could you ask for more? It's a nice concept and it is very well done. I can't wait to read the second volume!
Profile Image for Maddie.
557 reviews1,137 followers
December 27, 2017
Goldie Vance is the new Nancy Drew in my life and I absolutely adore her and the crew of the Crossed Palms hotel! More mysteries, please!
May 9, 2017
I figured I'd play catch up on my past comics purchases since my beloved IR romance genre (save for a few notable exceptions) is boring the fuck out of me. I'd grabbed Goldie Vance #1 just because the cover looked awesome.

I grew up with Nancy Drew and this story brought a huge smile to my face as it took me back to my childhood, thrilled to the adventures of the intrepid girl detective. And Marigold (aka Goldie) is definitely heir to Miss Drew's throne. Spunky? Yes. Intrepid? Yes. A tendency to get involved when those around her don't think she should? Oh yes. Not only that, but she's a gearhead too.

Of course, Goldie Vance rocks even harder because of its diversity. The lead character is a Black teenage dynamo who solves mysteries while working with her father at a Florida resort. Of course, my other favorite character is Cher, who not only wants to be an astronaut (and this is wonderfully prescient given the story of the Black women "computers" who were instrumental in our space program) but she fangirls hard over astronaut Alan Shepard, which means any regular guy just might fall short.

The artwork is reminiscent of old Hanna-Barbara cartoons (at least to me). This is just the first issue, but I'm definitely going to be following Goldie Vance's adventures.
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1,823 reviews506 followers
May 6, 2020
Goldie Vance is a sweet graphic novel that gives me old school Nancy Drew vibes.

I love a fun graphic novel, especially one with lots of spunk like this one! Goldie lives in her Father's resort, and she's great at getting into shenanigans. She's really good at solving tiny cases, like missing jewelry within the hotel. When a bigger mystery comes about, she decides to help a detective solve it since her curiosity is just too high!

Goldie is spunky and fun, everything you want in a character like this. She reminds me of Nancy Drew, Cam Jansen, and those other fun books from my childhood! Except this time, it's in graphic novel form! I can easily see middle graders, young adults, new adults and just adults loving this story. There's really no set age group - it's just a fun mystery!

The illustrations were spectacular and super colourful. They drew my attention in and kept it there, alongside the excellent story. Throw in that this book also has a diverse cast and is LGBT friendly, and I'm even more excited.

Overall, this story was super sweet and cute!

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Boom! Studios for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
Profile Image for Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈.
1,525 reviews6 followers
June 6, 2022
This book is adorable!

The characters, the art and the story all give off such a really vibrant and fun vibe! I love Goldie as a character. She's spunky, extremely clever and brave. The cast of friends are cool and I like their interactions. It's set in the 1950s (I believe) and I love the way the outfits are drawn and all of the classic cars. I really like that some of the older lingo was worked in as well.

Essentially, Goldie is tasked with retrieving a stolen necklace for a German scientist. That search inadvertently puts her in the crosshairs of some Russian thieves who want the necklace for themselves. It's a fun ride with several car chases and some cool sleuthing.

Goldie ends up seeking help from Diane, a movie star, who Goldie (and I) have a crush on. Honestly, i would follow Diane anywhere.

So, it's a definite recommend from me. This was really cute to read.
Profile Image for Dave Schaafsma.
Author 6 books31.3k followers
December 20, 2016
First Nancy Drew, then Harriet the Spy, and now this, for tweens, mainly. Goldie wants to be her dad's hotel detective, and she gets the chance! Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) with a new whodunnit that kids will like a lot, I think.
Profile Image for Lata.
3,589 reviews191 followers
September 24, 2018
Despite the question in my mind about the wartime sympathies of the German scientist who has lost a necklace at the hotel where Goldie Vance and her father work, this story is fast-moving and frankly fun. Fun because of Goldie, who has such verve and energy. And her relationships with much of the staff help her find all sorts of lost items for hotel guests, when she's not doing her actual job as parking valet.
The colours in each panel are bright and the drawings convey movement and energy. The plot and many of the supporting characters are a little goofy, but I want more. Goldie's great!
Profile Image for Cassie.
343 reviews65 followers
June 16, 2018
this was great! it took a direction i didn’t expect, but it’s okay because i loved that it did. can’t wait to read the next one. :)
Profile Image for Maggie .
182 reviews177 followers
November 3, 2018
This was a 3 star read for me.
While the art style of this graphic novel is amazing the story didn't blow me away.
Will possibly give the next volume a try.
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