Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

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Digby is trouble with a capital ‘T.’ Ever since his sister disappeared, he has been obsessed with solving the mystery even if it means breaking the law. When another girl goes missing in River Heights he’s convinced that the two disappearances are related and goes on a reckless, hilarious, and dangerous quest to solve the case.

Zoe just wants to fit in. She just moved to River Heights after her parents divorced and she is counting down the days where she can move back in with her dad and attend the uber elite private school Prentiss. When Digby shows up on her doorstep she has no interest in being his friend or becoming involved with his wacky vaguely illegal pursuits. She soon discovers that when it’s involving Digby, plans go out the window and things tend to happen.

Digby is a fabulous character: a mixture of Encyclopedia Brown, Logan Echolls, and Ferris Bueller. Whenever he is in a scene, the dialogue sparks, the plot progresses, and often with much hilarity. I hope to see many books with him playing a central part.

Zoe is the narrator, and starts off as an everyman character, so it’s hard to see why Digby starts to involve her in his hijinks. At first, a lot of things happen to her rather than because of her own actions, but as she becomes immersed in the mystery she begins to act for herself and learn more about the kind of person she wants to be.

If you’re looking for a mystery that will remind you of Veronica Mars, definitely check this book out. The dialogue is fun, the mystery is interesting, and you get a sense that there is a lot more to learn about all of the characters involved. Pick it up!

Goodreads rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

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