Review: ‘Jex Malone’ by C. L. Graber & V. C. Stanley #2WeeksofThanks

This review is part of my Two Weeks of Thanks to book publisher Merit Press. They have generously and continuously provided me with books to review over the past two years.

Jex has lived with her professor mom ever since her parents got divorced. She wants nothing to do with her dad, a homicide detective who lives in Las Vegas. She’s supposed to spend every summer with him, but so far, she’s been able to make up excuses to blow him off every year. Jex’s mom has had enough, so she takes Jex before a judge who orders her to go.

It doesn’t take long for Jex to find some friends once she’s in Vegas, and it seems that they are a little obsessed with a local tragedy – the one that broke up Jex’s parents’ marriage. Patty Matthews.

When the girls discover that it was Jex’s father that was the lead detective on the case, it is all they can talk about. Plus Jex has this penchant for snooping. And since Patty Matthews was never found, they are determined to finally put this case to rest.

Whadja Think?: One of my mom’s friends loaned me her original set of Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. I loved to read them, because of the mysteries, of course, but also because they were so quaint/dorky. All of the characters were strictly defined; Nancy’s father was handsome with graying temples; Nancy had a blue roadster with running boards, and they said things like “swell.” Jex Malone pays homage to Nancy and her ilk, with quotes at the beginning of each chapter from well-known girl detectives. But while this story doesn’t get much scarier than a Nancy Drew novel, it is certainly less homogenized and more modern.

To Read or Not To Read: I hope that the authors intend to make this a series. It’s time Nancy steps aside with her earnestness and her blonde bob and makes way for something a little grittier.

Jex Malone by C. L. Gaber & V. C. Stanley was published June 18, 2014 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to Merit Press and the Authors.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Mystery
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

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