Review: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1)

Title: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1)
Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Publisher: Vintage
Published: March 25, 2014
Paperback, 324 pages
ISBN: 978-0-804-17070-3
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
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 disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no 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.

My thoughts:
First let me fill you in on my history with Veronica Mars. Many years ago, I stumbled across Veronica Mars on television. I was instantly taken with the show, but all too soon it ended. Then one day a friend loaned me all three seasons on DVD. And I stayed up night and day until I watched all of them.

Then the show came to an end. And like many fans I was devastated. So fast forward a few years to the movie coming out. I was so excited, I wanted to neglect everything and watch it immediately. I loved seeing all the characters again, but far too soon, the movie was over. I wanted more. I needed more. I had to get my VM  fix. And this brings you up to date with my obsession with Veronica Mars.

I stumbled across the book accidentally, but I like to call it fate. Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham have come out with a new Veronica Mars book series. Yes, you heard right: series!
For all the marshmallows out there this is the perfect solution to our VM withdrawals. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I strongly recommend that you do before reading this book.

It's no coincidence that this book was released around the movie's release because it takes place immediately after the movie ends. Logan is off on his military mission, Keith is still recovering from his accident, and Veronica has taken up with her true calling: private investigator. With the help of Wallace and Mac, she gets back into the groove of things.

Mars Investigations isn't doing too well financially. They desperately need a client with deep pockets. And that's just what they get when two spring-breakers disappear. This puts Neptune under heavy watch, and the city council is desperate to improve the town's image. So Veronica is on the case! But things aren't as straightforward as they seem. For one, Veronica's mom is back. She's the step mom to one of the missing girls. This brings up a whole lot of issues for V. Another is V's dad doesn't want her to be a PI. He's dead-set against it. And she has to work with the Sheriff. Which is a big suck-fest in itself.

I was a little worried that this book wouldn't live up to my expectations. But it did! Reading this book was like watching an episode of VM. Thomas and Graham captured the essence of the characters and it translated well into the written word. I was totally taken in by the plot and couldn't rest until I knew everything. My only complaint: not enough Logan. But it did have an appearance by Dick. And that's Dick Casablanca for all you dirty minded folks out there. I think this is going to be a great series that all the Marshmallows out there will love! 

The second book comes out later this year. It's expected publication is November 2014. It doesn't have a title, yet, but I'll keep you updated. 

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