Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

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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?

My Thoughts

Neptune, California, where the rich indulge heavily in their privilege, and know it. The police are so heavily inept at what they do, they stumble over themselves in order to appease said rich and privileged. This is the Neptune where Veronica Mars finds herself jaded, sick of the status quo, and working her ass off to make some sort of difference – at least for those who require her services. She certainly does not half-ass her duties.

The snarky PI finds herself investigating a case quite similar to a few she had investigated previously, leading down familiar roads, and bringing up old, long forgotten baggage she thought she’d left behind.

While being completely immersed in this particular case (I shall refrain from too much detail – spoilers!), Veronica also has to deal with a lot of things from her past catching up to her. She has to come to terms with decisions she made, and choices that led her to where she is now – back in Neptune, working seedy and skeezy cases, paying back intense law school loans, and dealing with corrupt, and easily manipulated, city and justice officials.

Veronica takes it all in stride – she internalizes and deals with these things in her own way, all with a measured level of sass, snark, and pessimism that are a direct result of her line of work, as well as years of dealing with the same rich, spoiled, privileged individuals in upper Neptune society, and an inadequate police department that cares more about its image, than actually doing their jobs.

And yet, Veronica still exhibits a level of maturity and growth in her thoughts and actions. She doesn’t jump right in anymore. She measures pros and cons, levels her decisions, and examines things from multiple angles. This allows for her to approach many of her cases from different angles, her quick thinking working well in her favour as she switches gears seamlessly, and with finesse.

This latest adventure in the ever-exciting life of Veronica Mars dives into a level of society most are inclined to frown upon, and even ignore. And that’s not okay, for many reasons. In order to avoid spoilers, I will not dive into these reasons here – this requires a different kind of detailed analysis. Veronica handles herself with grace, and she asks herself very difficult questions – questions with very complex answers.

This case gets right down to the nitty gritty, and Veronica jumps in in order to help a person who would otherwise seem very helpless. Once again, it’s up to Veronica to vouch for the little guy, to help those who need it most, and to try to create some form of equilibrium in a very unjust, and unruly town. And she seems very, very okay with that.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 30, 2015.

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