Seaside and Homicide by Jenna St. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the first book in a new series by a new power writing team. Jenna St James is an author I found last year. She quickly became one of my favorites. Maddy Maddson is her teenage stepdaughter. This is Maddy’s first book. I’m already looking forward to more by her. I wasn’t certain if this book would appeal to me being YA but curiosity won out. I’m happy it did.
I’m a character type of person. Yes, the mystery has to be a good one, (this one is), but if the people don’t interest me, I move on. I love that Brynn lives with her Gram and has a good relationship with her. There are a couple of very interesting storylines with Winnie, (Gram). I like the friendship between the girls. I also liked that in the beginning it was Brynn and Peyton with Raven being the new friend. I thought it brought an interesting element into it. Brynn and Peyton have history. They know each other well. They will get to know Raven better, along with us, as the series moves on. (There was a joke between Raven and her dad that made me chortle though my other half groaned..but then chuckled, too. Yes I did tell it to him.) The friendship formed fast and close, as some do particularly when your young. Will it last? Will it get stronger? Will they turn out too different from each other? Will they stay cohesive when they go off to college? That’s right. Our crime solvers are in high school. Just like one of the authors. This will keep the series authentic and unique, in my opinion. You might be thinking that this is a series best left to teens. It is a series I think young teens and up will enjoy. But if you think that it is not for adults you would be missing out on a modern Nancy Drew type series. If you liked Nancy, you’re going to enjoy this book. I’m certainly looking forward to more.
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