Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

MrKissandTellSeries: Veronica Mars #2
Published by: Vintage
ISBN: 080417072X
ISBN 13: 9780804170727
Published: January 2015
Pages: 288
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Publisher Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five

The second novel in the Veronica Mars series, this too continues after the movie left off, and the first book – running mostly back to back, so I would suggest this book is better suited to those who’ve followed the series and got their hands on everything so far. Which probably means regardless, you’ll enjoy the book if you’re a devoted fan. (Sure, you could probably jump from the TV show to this, or the movie to this, but all in all…)

Other than explaining a bit of Veronica’s past, it doesn’t explain who the characters are in any great detail (such as who Wallace is, who Dick is, and so on), which also renders the more shocking parts of the novel to be a bit lacklustre if you don’t have the backstory to provide just how much of an impact this all this.

For fans of the show though, get ready for something excellent because all our favourite characters are present – everyone from Logan to Leo to Weevil, and mentions of Duncan through Meg. Yes, we get more Logan than we did in the first book, and it’s glorious. The changes brought to his character to show the progression of time are interesting. Poor boy. And that’s all I’ll say on that, to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.

This novel expertly runs multiple plots in a fairly realistic sense – showing Veronica torn between many obligations as she was known to in the series, upsetting a few people in the progress. We have the crimes Veronica is trying to solve – some personal, as she finishes a few as far as the people are willing to hire her for, but then she finds she simply can’t let one of them go. Carrying on from the movie, they’re also trying to get some justice from Weevil, but not everything there turns out in a satisfactory manner – which is just life, really. There’s also a call for who’ll be the new Sheriff in town, and though Lamb was running with no opposition for a while, Martina Vasquez then stands to run against him and this provides yet another distraction, as they hardly dare to hope that Vasquez may win.

As always, Veronica puts herself in danger, has some angst with Logan, solves some crime by being an excellent female, capable lead, and as stated earlier, interacts with all of favourite characters which makes this simply a nice, reminiscing read. The authors have done well by their fans giving us new content of the characters we know and love and really, what more can we ask than that? The writing is also excellent, which is a bonus – not always something we get with fandom tie-in books.

I await the third book (I’m assuming there’s going to be one) eagerly!

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