Not a girl detective: Cece Caruso Mystery Series, Book 2
Biographer and amateur sleuth Cece Caruso freely admits that she spent her youth idolizing girl detective Nancy Drew, a fantasy that undoubtedly influenced her grown-up job writing biographies of dead mystery writers. But as Cece will discover driving down the highway in her Jackie O. sunglasses and a borrowed baby-blue Cadillac, some fantasies die harder than others.
Researching the life of Carolyn Keene, the pseudonymous author of the Nancy Drew mysteries, Cece meets a flamboyant collector of "Blue Nancys," the original books with blue covers. When he finds out that she is taking a road trip to Palm Springs to snoop around at the annual Nancy Drew fan convention, he offers her the use of his swanky vacation house. But the last thing Cece expects to find lying around the swimming pool is one very dead body.
In a race against time that takes her from a secret enclave of restored Victorians near downtown L.A. to the driest stretches of California desert, Cece will have to channel her former idol and then some to unmask a sly killer -- before he comes after her. Of course, it helps to have a knockout collection of vintage clothing, though Cece prefers Azzedine Ala#65533;a semigloss knits and Halston silver sequined berets to Nancy's prim suits and gloves.
Filled with wit, energy, and clever twists, not to mention one smart, hip heroine, Not a Girl Detective is pure entertainment.
Level 4.2, 10 Points
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"I spent my entire youth idolizing Nancy Drew. I'm pushing forty now, but some fantasies die hard."
Besides her beloved collection of vintage designer clothing, there is nothing Cece Caruso cherishes more than her childhood memories of Nancy Drew. Her near obsession with the fictional teenage sleuth led her to become a professional biographer of classic mystery writers. And now that she's working on a book about Nancy's pseudonymous creator, "Carolyn Keene, " Cece's in heaven.
At the L. A. home of another rabid Drew-ophile, Cece finds a treasure trove of useful memorabilia, including one unique and somewhat shocking collectible. Later she finds a dead body -- and a puzzle that would sorely test the skills of her spunky girlhood heroine. Now she'll have to channel her former idol and unmask a murderer, and the killer may be coming for Cece next.
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000241063|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|William Morrow,|c2005.|294 p. ; 22 cm., overdrive:723fb1db-dfcf-4b8c-a06a-cdd2b2da0099|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2009||
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|series||Cece Caruso Mystery|
|series_with_volume||Cece Caruso Mystery|
|subject_facet||California -- Fiction, Detective and mystery stories, American, Women biographers -- Fiction|
|title_display||Not a girl detective|
|title_full||Not a Girl Detective Cece Caruso Mystery Series, Book 2, Not a girl detective / Susan Kandel|
|title_short||Not a girl detective|
|title_sub||Cece Caruso Mystery Series, Book 2|
|topic_facet||Detective and mystery stories, American, Fiction, Mystery, Women biographers|