In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.
The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman’s story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?– Goodreads
I was going to wait to read all of the Veronica Mars books via audiobook, because Kristen Bell reads them. I feel that is the most valid reason ever. However, when I had the chance to read this as an ARC, I hopped on the train and had to read it. I have no regrets about reading Mr. Kiss and Tell. It is pure Veronica Mars being back in my life. And I remember how much I love her, and her snark.
In Mr. Kiss and Tell Veronica is hired by the Neptune Grand’s insurance company to follow up on a complaint. You know the usual. Rape, left for murder, normal Neptune. I understand that sounds flippant, but as someone who watched the show, that is very Neptune. Quickly Veronica is able to answer the insurance company’s question; however, the book does not end there. What Veronica realizes is there is more to the story because people are lying, things happened months ago and people remember nothing.
What Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham do is consistently stay in the Neptune world that we know and love. We hang out with the characters, and there is a heartbreaking story line that involves Weevil. There is also an extremely realistic story line involving Logan and Veronica where if anything we see how much the characters have grown from the TV show. Although you could easily read this without having read the first book in the series, I wouldn’t recommend it. There are hints to that book that are nice to understand.