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Posted January 30, 2014
This is a great book. In an age of racy romances and dystopian sagas, The Debutante Detective is an extremely refreshing old school (yet very original) who-done-it.
Sam is a reluctant heroine; she is asked by local law enforcement to use her tremendous observation skills to assist in their investigation. The crime took place within the inner circle of society's elite, and she vows to help the police while navigating her way through Debutante Season. In most areas of her life, Sam is out of her element: "new money" in a blue blood community, "amateur detective" in a shocking murder mystery, and "late bloomer" in the ways of love as she comes of age the summer before college orientation.
In addition to making new friends in the Deb World, Sam juggles relationships with her world-traveling parents, collegiate brother and lifelong BFF, Nate. Just as Sam grows over the course of the summer, those she loves also go through changes. She must learn to trust new friends while forgiving old ones; blend in to society while remaining true to herself. Juggling these personal dynamics is just as challenging as solving the murder.
I enjoyed walking through these new experiences with Sam. I learned about the debutante culture as she attended classes and parties. I reminisced about young love as she stammered though conversations and awkwardly interacted with the popular boys. I especially loved trying to figure out (along with Sam) which of the suspects was the killer!
This is a fast paced, well written, entertaining story. It is good for teens to adults who enjoy a good mystery. This is a stand alone novel, but there are hints late in the book about a second investigation for Sam... I just purchased The Debutante Detective: Murder in Beverly Hills (for only $.99!!) and look forward to reading it asap.
*I received a copy of The Debutante Detective in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Lisa for making that copy an autographed paperback!! WOOT!!
Posted April 16, 2013
Posted December 1, 2011
Get ready for a roller coaster ride. Debutante Detective is great fun. When middle class Sam(antha)'s parents experience a sudden windfall, sincere, down to earth Sam is reluctantly thrust into a new world where money, beauty, and back-stabbing are the norm. Sam's dreams of being a detective are subsumed by fancy ball gowns, spa treatments, and curtsy instructions -- until someone kills the head of the Debutante Ball and feisty little Sam is determined to find out whodunnit! Think Mean Girls meets Nancy Drew and Columbo, and throw in the teeniest touch of the Beverly Hillbillies.
For Young Adults, but fun for all ages.
Posted November 27, 2011
The Debutante Detective by Lisa McDivitt is a book I was really looking forward to reading and I loved it. (Of course I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes as well as Jessica Fletcher. I am not YA!)
McDivitt knows exactly how to pace a mystery along side the perfect amount of description and action. I love the 3rd person limited perspective: it gives the main character a strength in her voice while not alerting us to everything that is going on.
Sam's father, a lawyer, earned money in a class action lawsuit and Samantha Robinson is newly rich. Her parents¿ new money has made Samantha a debutante. This is the last thing she ever wanted to be. She doesn¿t like the cattiness. She has been an outcast with a single friend Nate throughout school and now everything is changing. But of course this is not just a coming of age story, but also a murder mystery. When the head of the debutante world is murdered and the police department¿s lead investigator encourages Sam to become a part of the debutante world as a spy, she jumps right in.
Awesome. Sam is a great as a detective. She also is completely convincing as a teenager whose life is undergoing major change. In her new role as a secret agent during the summer between high school and college, Sam actually grows into the role. She finds friends in girls that formerly ostracized her. Boys that hadn¿t noticed her before now are flocking around her. She and her older brother now get along pretty well.
I don¿t really have anything negative to say about the book, but something did strike me as odd.
There are two deaths in the book: 1) the head of the debutant society, the second death which I don¿t want to give too much away, but Samantha and her family are just like ¿oh well. You¿re life is in danger Sam¿ we just are ignoring this guy.¿ Of course the action is ramping up so it¿s not exactly time for sadness, but seriously this guy didn¿t even get a funeral or if he did, Sam¿s parents didn¿t go. That really felt odd. Almost as if something was missing.
Still All in all I loved this book.And will recommend this to my niece and friends with teen girls