A famous case. A missing girl. If they find her, will they be heroes? Or dead?
Bored out of her mind during a summer with her police detective father in Las Vegas, Jessica (aka “Jex”) Malone starts doing what she does best–snooping. When she meets three new friends who share her passion for crime, from the geek to the fashionista, suddenly, the stifling desert days don’t seem so long.
Her dad is never around, just like when her parents were married. But Jex’s crew, the Drew-Ids, take the pledge of eternal secrecy and then get down to the good stuff–digging through the cold-case files in Dad’s home office.
One of them, the thirteen-year-old case of Patty Matthews, is still a mystery. Finding Patty, who vanished into thin air, became such an obsession for Jex’s father that it destroyed the Malones’ marriage. So not only is this a big deal, it’s personal.
Initial Thoughts: This is a nice, light young adult read. It’s geared towards fans of Nancy Drew and other female detectives and there is an unsolved murder mystery that Jex and her friends want to solve. It’s an easy read and I enjoyed the quotes from famous TV/movie/book female detectives. I think that this will appeal to younger readers. If you suspend belief, you’ll enjoy it more.
She’s a 16-year-old, New Jersey native forced to spend summers with the homicide detective father she barely knows. A self-absorbed lawman who works the Vegas strip, John Malone knows how to bust criminals, but he’s in “officer needs assistance” mode when it comes to having a real relationship with his daughter.
Now that Jex is older, he’s finally enforcing a court order that mandates that his daughter spend the all of her summers with him until she is of age. For Jex, it’s like being sent to a lockup.
Anticipating this will be the worst summer of her entire life, she arrives in scorching hot Nevada and meets three equally bored-to-death 16-year-old girls in the neighborhood. Looking for something to amuse themselves, they dig into Det. Malone’s cold case files…and hello, vanished girl who lived around the corner once upon a time ago.