Book Review: Jex Malone by: C.L. Gaber & V.C. Stanley

Publisher: Merit Press

Publication Date: June 18, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: A famous case. A missing girl. If they find her, will they be heroes? Or dead?

Bored out of her mind during a summer with her police detective father in Las Vegas, Jessica (aka "Jex") Malone starts doing what she does best--snooping. When she meets three new friends who share her passion for crime, from the geek to the fashionista, suddenly, the stifling desert days don't seem so long.

Her dad is never around, just like when her parents were married. But Jex's crew, the Drew-Ids, take the pledge of eternal secrecy and then get down to the good stuff--digging through the cold-case files in Dad's home office.

One of them, the thirteen-year-old case of Patty Matthews, is still a mystery. Finding Patty, who vanished into thin air, became such an obsession for Jex's father that it destroyed the Malones' marriage. So not only is this a big deal, it's personal.

Jex is determined to find out what really happened, and her excitement is contagious. Soon her friends are all on board and so is the missing girl's brother, the hunky Cooper Matthews.

But as they dig up more and more troubling information--more than the cops ever did--they also get the clear message that someone out there wants to prevent the truth from coming out. That somebody is also prepared to do anything, absolutely anything, to prevent it.

Jex isn't afraid; after all, she's a cop's daughter. But maybe she should be.

Laced with humor, toughness, and real CSI investigation techniques, Jex Malone could be the Nancy Drew for a new generation--but with a chilling twist. These wannabe detectives are on the brink of finding out the fate of poor missing Patty. But will they disappear without a trace, too?

Review: Jex Malone has avoided visiting her father every summer since her parents split up, but this time she’s court ordered to go visit. Now Jex is in Las Vegas while her father is working cases for his job as a police detective. So Jex starts to snoop around the house while he’s gone and finds files on Patty Matthews, a girl who went missing thirteen years ago. When she meets Cissy, Nat, and Deva, they discuss the case and decide to form their own investigative agency – the Drew-IDs. They spend all of their free time researching the case and interviewing people who may know more than they’ve told over the years. Will their interest in Patty Matthews’ disappearance put them in the sights of a killer?

Like Jex, I too had read every Nancy Drew book when I was younger and lost myself in their pages. JEX MALONE inspires the feeling of nostalgia, but brings a more adult and modern tone to the teenage sleuth genre. The four girls quickly bond, but thankfully, their personalities and voices remained distinct, which can be a challenge at times. I loved the Drew-IDs’ confidence and ability to go beyond what the police could during their initial investigation. I think JEX MALONE will appeal to the next generation of mystery lovers.


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