Review: Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

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Veronica Mars

4 Stars

Veronica Mars is back to being that smart, savvy, private eye we all know and love. This book picks up where the movie left off and we get to see Veronica adjusting to life back in Neptune. Keith is recovering from his accident, Logan at sea, and Veronica is trying to figure out her new life in Neptune. I will admit there’s still a part of me that wishes Veronica would have joined the FBI or become a kick-ass lawyer, but I love Veronica as a PI that never stops going after the truth. Neptune definitely needs Veronica, especially with Dan Lamb as Sheriff. This book reads just like an episode of Veronica Mars. I think any Veronica Mars fan would have a blast reading this story.

The mystery in the story is well done and full of interesting twists and turns. Veronica is hired to find a girl that goes missing during Spring Break in Neptune. The pacing of the story is great and there’s even an appearance from an old character that I wasn’t sure we’d ever see again. I won’t spoil it for anyone but it is an interesting surprise that I really enjoyed. Finding the missing girl is Veronica’s main drive throughout the story but there are plenty of personal dilemmas that she has to face too. Veronica is a strong heroine and is determined to find the truth no matter how many obstacles are thrown at her along the way.

One thing I didn’t love about the book was that there’s not much Logan, with him being out at sea we only get a few Skype chats and emails. The Logan/Veronica fan in me is upset we didn’t get to see more of their relationship and moments together. The rational part of me realizes that this book was more about Veronica and Logan’s absence allows us to see Veronica doing what she does best. She is fiercely independent and doesn’t need anyone to come to her rescue. Also, Logan’s absence allows us to see more of Mac and Wallace, who continue to be amazing friends and supporters of Veronica. Hopefully, there will be more Logan in the next book, which I am not so patiently waiting for. This book is a perfect follow up to the movie and leaves you wondering what crazy adventure Veronica will be a part of next.

Book Info

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer GrahamRob Thomas
Series: Veronica Mars #1
Published by Vintage
Pub Date: March 25th 2014
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: ContemporaryMystery
Buy the book! | Goodreads

From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappear from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But his is not simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.



Tamara @ Gone with the Words

3 Responses to “Review: Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham”

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    I can’t wait to read this when I have time. I loved the series so much and the movie was so much fun. Too bad about there not being enough Logan (<3)

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      It’s definitely worth the read. Hopefully there will be more Logan in the next book :)

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    Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh nice!!! It took me a bit of catching up to do before I could read this review, but I just finished the movie! (After finally devouring all 3 seasons!) Practically cried when Logan went away! I was so not ready for that!! My bestie ordered this one for me for Xmas, but something went wonky with the order, other books she bought me were out of stock so Amazon is holding the entire order hostage until it can be completely fulfilled. Going to try tracking this one down at the library because I don’t know how long I can wait! Again, great review!!

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