The Thousand Dollar Tan Line By Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Veronica Mars #1
Published March 25th 2014 By Vintage
Summary: From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.
In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.
I am a Marshmallow. I absolutely love Veronica Mars so imagine my excitement when the movie came out and the book was released afterwards.
The book takes place after the Veronica Mars movie, so you might want to check the movie out first if you haven’t yet before reading this book (to avoid spoilers etc).
I listened to the audiobook which was read by Kristen Bell herself, who played Veronica Mars and everything was perfect. I think the audiobook really helped boost my enjoyment for this book mainly because of Kristen’s voice that really added to the voice (and as the voice) of Veronica.
The book is canon, so it remains true to the characters and plot which is especially great if you’re a fan of the original VM series. I really loved how nothing much has changed with Veronica, neither did her friendship with Wallace and Mac. Logan isn’t featured much in the book because of his job as seen in the movie but Kristen NAILED Logan’s voice in the audiobook.
The plot was great and in true Veronica Mars fashion. It was engaging and there were a lot of twists and some familiar faces return as well which added to the drama of the story. Of course, being Veronica Mars she’s still as snarky as ever without a filter and the writing is still as hilarious.
I’d recommend the audiobook version — you really can’t go wrong with Kristen Bell narrating the story as Veronica Mars. Personally, it helped me get into the story better and the dialogues are funnier read to you then on paper. Definitely worth reading and picking up as a VM fan! I’m so excited and can’t wait for the next book to come out!
I don’t think you necessarily have to be a VM fan/watched the show or movie in order to read this because it is a stand-alone case and a lot of things are explained in the book. But of course, it would be best to start from the begining of you haven’t — everyone needs a little Mars in their life.