- Audio CD
- Publisher: Recorded Books (2011)
- ISBN-10: 146183998X
- ISBN-13: 978-1461839989
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,835,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her father has set up his own detective agency after and argument with his brother. His loss of a leg has made many parts of detective work difficult and money is tight. She wants to help her father but he sees her as a child and refuses her help. She decides to help him without his knowledge. When the case she wants to help with is centered around a boy she know at school, she finds it easy to go undercover.
Besides making new friends at her new school, she does meat again with her "best friend" from her old school. She finds her very changed but doesn't know which of them has done the changing.
The mystery has a pretty non-mysterious resolution but Iris's investigations, the atmosphere and attitudes of the time, and her growing acceptance of her new life carry the book.
Fans of historical fiction and mysteries will enjoy this story.
What the book IS about is a girl finding her way through a challenging life change, in circumstances foreign to most of us (a country hunkering down and sacrificing, rationing, changing "normal," to support a war), while coming to grips with her rearranged family and her distant father. As a somewhat tame teenage adventure, and a taste of what life was like in WWII America, it is a worthwhile read.
But the reader might well miss it if they are looking for a mystery.
You see, Iris used to live in the Upper East Side and attend a private school and associate with "all the right people." That was until her mother committed suicide, and her father, who is essentially broke, moved the family.
As the book begins, Iris attends public school for the first time. The first day, she meets Tom. Tom is the kind of kid who could be really studious and handsome, but chooses not to be. He's one of the only people in Iris' new school to whom she feels connected.
A while later, Tom goes missing. One day, Iris comes home to her father talking to Tom's parents about the case. Iris, of course, wants in, but no matter how many hints she gives, her father is adamant about keeping the facts of the case from Iris.
Soon enough, she's drinking, sneaking out of the house behind her father's back, and disobeying what seems to me to be every rule she has...
Kathryn Miller Haines employs a writing style that I quite like. She does an especially great job writing the mystery. I love the twists and turns she adds to The Girl is Murder. Although some plot elements are very small, they add a lot to the story. In this sense, the story is similar to some of Agatha Christie's tales, but not as complicated.
I'm also impressed by Haines' ability to produce emotions in her readers similar to those Iris feels throughout the story. For example, there were times that I was as annoyed by Iris's Pop as Iris was because he seemed to be `holding back' the story by not asking Iris for her help.
Though, as with any story, I have complaints. Mainly, they are about Iris.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Suspenseful and enjoyable. This is a good choice for a beach read.Published 22 months ago by Diane R Weber
I feel like this book has so much potential- the plot, the time period, the strong characters- but it just fell short in my opinion. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Hannah
Read from November 2012
recommended for YA Mystery lovers.
Won Edgar Allen Poe Award for YA Mystery 2012.
Good mystery, recommended to me by a student. Read more
Though "The Girl is Murder" technically is aimed at the 14-19 age group, I (a long-time mystery enthusiast) couldn't put the book down until I finished it! Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by E. A. Poe
I loved this book! It took me back in time and was so period correct. I could not wait to get back to reading when I had to put it down. It was intriging and exciting. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Margo w
I was so excited when I came across this book. I love Historical Fiction and I love Mystery. The cover is eye catching, the title is interesting, and the synopsis pulled it all... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by JennRenee
One of the marks of a good book, to me, is that it grabs my attention and makes me focus on it - often to the point of keeping me up past my bedtime. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Mary
Ah, the 1940s teenager: pretty, neatly-dressed bobbysoxers having their books carried home by handsome young men with neatly parted hair, and pitching in collecting scrap, knitting... Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by L. M Young
I was hooked from the beginning, seeing as I am a big mystery fan. There was suspense that kept me reading, and then everything built up to a less than satisfactory ending. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Joseph F Sabik