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The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery, young-adult, read-more-in-this-series
Read from April 10 to 11, 2012

Terrific historical fiction mystery set in the early '40s in New York City. Iris' mother has committed suicide and her father lost a leg at Pearl Harbor. They've moved from the Upper East Side to the Lower, and Iris has switched from a private school to a public one. The mystery involves Tom, a boy from her school whom Iris meets and who then disappears. Iris' pop is a struggling private detective who is brought in on the case, and Iris is determined to give her unwelcome assistance. Supporting cast includes Grace, her former best friend, Josephine, Grace's brash new best friend, Pearl, an outcast at Iris' new school, Suze and her tough crowd at the new school, plus a few necessary adults. Iris' world is changing, the whole world is changing, and Iris is smart, stubborn, and independent. This is a good mystery, with clues and red herrings galore. (view spoiler) I see there's a sequel out, and I can't wait to read it!

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