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In the Pines

(A Charlie Schiffer Mystery #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A Charlie Schiffer Mystery

When your high school crush is also your number one suspect, what’s a boy to do?

After the disappearance of Eastview High’s homecoming king, seventeen-year-old Charlie Schiffer must put his detective skills to work to help class heartthrob Dare Chalmers find his missing twin brother. From the gator-filled swamps of Paynes Prairie to the truck-stop
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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It pains me to not rate this higher because this Author is one of the best at writing totally engaging YA stories.This book is a lot different from the previous books I've read by her-maybe I was expecting something similar? That's not to say I think Authors should stick to the same formats,because of course they shouldn't-in fact I've got nothing but admiration for Authors who can be diverse in their writing.

If you're looking for a book mainly focused on romance,you won't find it here.It is
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Great start to a series.

Don't worry I'm not going to give anything away as far as the plot goes but I will talk about my experience with this book.

This being my first experience with Lascarso after her books filling up my GR feed I maybe had some lofty expectations, some of which were met. Where I think she sets herself apart is creating an atmosphere from the high school cliques to Boots (AWWWW!!! GET INTO MY POCKET!) to his relationship with his mother. She brought this small Florida town an
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbtq, mystery
*** 3.5 Stars ***

Once again LL takes a risk and comes up with something different. I commended her bravery when I wrote my thoughts about Hiroku and I feel the need to mention it again. It take guts, experimenting, when you already know a win recipe. She embraces it fearlessly! So hats off, AGAIN!

Here are my thoughts about In the Pines,
The mystery was brilliantly done. She gave us a pic of all characters close to the boy who disappeared, in a way that led us to think that everyone was suspicious

***This review contains a few SPOILERS. If you don't want to know any spoilers, stop reading here. I try to keep them to a minimum, but some I can't really work around.***

This book exceeded my expectations from the first page, and kept me glued to the pages until the end. I absolutely adored this book, and it is a must not miss one, especially if you've read this author before and loved her work. Her work continues to excel with this book.

I am one who loves romance and mys
IN THE PINES is kind of like a gender-reversal Veronica Mars but without all the backstory drama. Intrepid dorky teen Charlie Schiffer, son of a local detective, is well versed in crime from time spent pouring over cases with his mum. But though he has always enjoyed the thrill of sussing out the clues in the case of the week, he never quite expected things to hit so close to home. But when a local boy, twin to Charlie's crush, is found gruesomely murdered.. everyone is suspect and Charlie, egge ...more
Moony Eliver
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY. After Hiroku, Lascarso is an auto-buy.
4.25 MYSTERIOUS STARS Fanstastic high school murder mystery with slow burn romance. I could. It wait to get my hands on Laura Lacaruso’s next book, I have enjoyed every story. This was quite a change from anything I have read from her as and recently. for me high school books I can be picky, IMO all the characters were portrayed very realistic without the OTT drama. The chemistry was natural and worked well into the story between soling the mystery. For me I could not put this down, I needed to ...more
Yeahhhhh, no. This did not work for me. At all.

I love the idea of this book, gay high school kid investigating a murder. I love the idea of it so much I read the whole thing, when honestly I'd have dnf'd it by 15% or so if it was anything else.

My problem is the writing. I don't mean in the mechanical sense. Lascarso strings the words together in a sensible order and puts the punctuation in appropriate places. From a storytelling skills perspective there were one or two points I thought she slip
Joyfully Jay
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Laura Lascarso is back with a new release, In the Pines, the first in what seems to be a new series starring one Charlie Schiffer. Charlie isn’t your usual high school student. He is on the college-bound track at school, taking most courses for college credit, and has been helping his mom with investigations since he was in middle school. Being bright, intuitive, and old beyond his years still doesn’t make Charlie any less immune to an ongoing crush on one of the mo
3.5 stars rounded up. This was OK, but from a murder/mystery POV, was fairly easy to work out. I would assume the YA angle was supposed to drag YA fans in, although I should warn you that this is primarily a murder mystery as opposed to a romance...the guys are only 17 after all, but things do change towards the end of the story.

Of course, this is fiction and Charlie Schiffer, the amateur sleuth somehow seemed to be much more competent than the Gainesville PD [of which his mum was a detective].
3.75 stars rounded up

I liked Lascarso's books previously, and since I still had that 'mystery' mood I decided to pick this one up. Even if it has high school students as main heroes, which is never my favorite kind of amateur sleuths. Luckily, Charlie Schiffer, the main character in this book, is a son of REAL police detective (and it's his mom, not his dad, yay!) so he sort of have training in sleuthing. Which makes things more plausible :)

That's what my mom does for a living, investigates hom
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Very interested book and a little sad.

Charlie is 17 years old when Mason, a guy from his high school, goes missing. Mason is Dare’s twin brother and Dare is also Charlie’s crush for a very long time. Charlie most of the time helps his mom with her cases, and this one he really wants to get involved. His mom disapproves of this decision because she is scared something will happen to him if he goes around asking questions and looking for who did it. But Charlie likes Dare and wants to h
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

The most exciting part of finishing this book is the subtitle—”A Charlie Schiffer Mystery.” That means Lascarso is nowhere near finished with Charlie, Dare, and the drama of Eastview High and Paynes Prairie, Florida. I could easily devour about a dozen more of these mysteries. They cannot come
4 / 5 Stars

I have read some of the author's previous works and she has a unique style able to captivete you.

First things first, I'm in love with the cover, it suits the story so well. I hope the rest of the series have similar ones.

Now onto the book itself (I will try not to give important spoilers). It's an absorbing, Y/A, mystery-murder, slow-burn romance story. The characters are good, bad, show their flaws and act as they should, like teenagers, which is good because I dislike when they act
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, the story was good. I liked Charlie, I liked his relationship with his mum and with Dare. But, in the end, this book made me feel really sad.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dreamspinners
Euhmmm Where did the book go? LOL I mean, I've finished it in a day and, yes, I ate, I worked and I slept but somehow I finished it in so little time, so... That also shows how much I enjoyed the story ;)
Full review soon.
Maryann Kafka
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a new series. I love the relationship between Charlie and his Mother. The mystery was well put together. I can't wait for the next installment to this series.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Can't wait for the next one.
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Laura Lascarso wants you to stay up way past your bedtime reading her stories. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of storytelling to heal and transform a society.

When not writing, Laura can be found screaming “finish” on the soccer fields, rewatching Veronica Mars, and trying to convince politicians that climate change is real. She lives in No