I know what you’re here for: your next clue. Because you’re a detective, right? And detectives look for answers.
Well, I have some for you. But! Patience is a virtue. So read on.
- Author: Stephanie Morrill
- Publisher: Blink YA Books
- Year: 2017
- Genre vibe: Jazz age society mystery!
- At a glance: Piper’s best friend has gone missing. Mysteries just don’t get solved fast enough, so Piper takes matters into her own hands, looking for answers in a lot of the wrong places.
So the One Year Adventure Novel program is a thing that I did, and their Summer Workshops are a thing that I have attended. This is where I met Stephanie and heard her speak–and then I met Piper.
This is a book that just feels very nice to hold onto. You know the sort. Just the right heft and weight and amount of pages. And to top it all off: she matches my outfit.
Fast forward a few months of somehow managing to ignore the ARC I was so lucky to acquire, and here we are nearing the launch date, and I’m given the honor to join in and help send Piper out into the world. Enter Linnea, stage right, furiously reading. But this was by no means a difficult task.
This book is amazing. Jazz age YA fic is kind of my gig, and there’s not a lot of it out there, and even less of it that’s a mystery. So this book was like an answer to my little bookish prayer.
This will come as a surprise only to newcomers: It’s super hard for me to fall in love with Strong Willed Female Characters. This is generally perceived as a shortcoming of mine. And, true to form: Detective Cassano is my favorite thing about this book…HOWEVER.
Piper Sail is a glorious creature. Sometimes, characters with her type of situation and even her temperament make me want to pull some hair out along the way, but I can’t remember a moment I was annoyed with her. I enjoyed her position as a narrator, I believed her decisions and emotions, didn’t ever hate her for looking for answers, and I didn’t feel cheated out of a poignant story moment because she was being “~driven~”, and that ends up not being her only character trait, as well, which is a bonus.
That being said: Detective Cassano. If miss Piper is a standout lady detective, Cassano is her perfect match in a multidimensional, easily-fallen-for supporting role. The twisting roles he plays in getting Piper her answers thicken the plot quite nicely–and just make him all the more fantastic.
It’s difficult to review the plot of a mystery without screwing it up for everybody, so let’s just skip to the end, shall we? Stephanie was amazing and allowed me to have her fill in my wrap-up points for this post, so before you get your clues, have some authorly insight!
- Rating: 5/5 stars
- Recommended to: Mystery lovers, 1920’s lovers, book lovers everywhere.
- Lasting impressions from Stephanie:
“Smells: Piper’s home has a yeasty, fresh baked bread smellSounds: The clicking and clacking of beads against each other. Flappers had lots of beads!Touch: Piper has very nice clothes, so I think of smooth fabrics, like silks.Taste: Piper drinks bottled Coca-Cola a few times in the book, and I think of her every time I enjoy one!“
A little music…: “Yellow Light by Of Monsters and Men is a song that really stuck out to me while I was writing this book. Not just the lyrics, but the feel of it. I have to have quiet when I write, but during the first draft stage I would play this on repeat several times before I started writing.“Alright, alright, alright. The moment you’ve been waiting for. If you haven’t figured your clue out by now, here it is!A N S W E R.Now go forth and sleuth! Catch the rest of the stops below. And then read Lost Girl!Clue 1: Stephanie’s Morrill’s Blog
Clue 2: Some Books Are
Clue 3: Gabriella Slade
Clue 4: Page by Page, Book by Book
Clue 5: Pens and Scrolls
Clue 6: Singing Librarian Books
Clue 7: Heather Manning
Clue 8: Annie Louise Twitchell
Clue 9: Noveling Novelties
Clue 10: Kaitee Hart
Clue 11: Classics and Craziness
Clue 12: Zerina Blossom
Clue 13: Rebecca Morgan
Clue 14: Keturah’s Korner
Clue 15: That Book Gal
Clue 16: Anna Schaeffer
Clue 17: Hadley Grace
Clue 18: Lydia Howe
Clue 19: Ramblings by Bethany
Clue 20: Matilda Sjöholm
Clue 21: Lydia Carns
Clue 22: Broken Birdsong
Clue 23 & Clue 24: The Ink Loft