Kathryn Miller Haines’ debut Iris Anderson mystery received considerable buzz for its stellar 15-year-old heroine and engrossing 1940s period details. With her father back from the war, Iris is eager to help him with his private eye business—especially since his mobility is limited thanks to a missing leg. Now with a case involving a boy she knows from school to investigate, Iris leaps into action and soon finds herself in the middle of a harrowing adventure.
This is a very entertaining novel set in the post-war period. It's a coming of age story with a young woman protagonist, a missing mother and her wounded PI father.
The characters are well developed and the mysteries run on several levels. Neither childish nor California Noir, it's a comfortable middle ground and, hopefully, the start of a series.
It's good to listen to a book that doesn't rely on horrific crime, the latest societal 'hot topics, and doesn't read like an action movie screenplay.
This one is more of a timeless, old fashioned story, but with greater depth than the actual 'coming of age' mysteries actually written in the 1950s.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great premise, really good setting.
Protagonist came across a bit selfish.
Reading was really good. I think the series will improve.