Mr. Kiss and Tell
Authors: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Publication Date: January 20th 2015
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.
The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?
I loved The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, I'd put off from reading it for a while since I didn't think it could hold up to the show-or even the movie-and while it doesn't replace either, it was a good fix to be with the characters again, the snark and wit and the sleuth ways. But, it wasn't perfect. What was missing in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line was present in Mr. Kiss and Tell, and by "what was missing" I mean who. And by whom, I mean Logan. Logan, Logan, Logan. Also, Weevil has more of a role this time around too, since the beginning is all about his trial from the aftermath of what happened in the movie.
Veronica's case, this time around, is a lot more personal in two major ways. It involved a rape.. If you've watched the sow you'll know Veronica was raped at a party when she was in High School. The victim who was raped she knows personally, Grace Manning, Meg Manning's youngest sister, who died from the trauma from the bus going off the cliff in season two.
Once again, you're sucked back into the world of Veronica Mars, and you can visualise what was happening, expect the sarcastic one liners and clever little trick hat t like in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, has the trademark Veronica Mars flare of approval.
But, I'll list the reasons why Mr. Kiss and Tell is better than The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.
1) I think I've already established Logan is actually present in physical ink form instead of ink skype call.
2) We get those long looks.
3) We get grown-up Logan, who has beaten his demons.
4) it's more personal to Veronica, so we get her at her best.
5) And because it's personal, we get to see just how far Veronica will go to get the rapist.
6) We get to see Lamb #2's smug smiled wiped of his face.
7) Did I mention Logan's present?
8) Those long looks?
9) Grown up Logan?
10) If you ignore Leo, things would be perfect.