Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Thanks to Little, Brown for providing me with a free digital copy of this book.
Summary: 16-year-old Goldie Vance divides her time between the Crossed Palms Resort Hotel with her father, and the Mermaid Club with her mother. Her official job is parking cars, but she aspires to be the assistant to the house detective. When the hotel and the club become the location of a new Hollywood blockbuster, Goldie’s there to make sure everything runs smoothly. The glamorous movie star takes a liking to her, and when a diamond-studded swimming cap disappears, Goldie winds up in the middle of the case, gathering clues and interviewing witnesses. Her own mother is a prime suspect, and it’s up to Goldie to prove her innocence and uncover the identity of the real culprit. Reviews I’ve read mention two eight-page color comic inserts, but the Kindle version I got from Net Galley didn’t have these. 264 pages; grades 4-7.
Pros: Based on the comic created by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams, Goldie Vance is like a queer Nancy Drew in a 1950’s Art Deco Florida setting. With lots of colorful characters, a unique setting, and plenty of sleuthing action, this is sure to be a popular choice for late elementary and middle school readers.
Cons: The crime didn’t occur until halfway through the book; I was getting impatient to find out what mystery Goldie was going to be solving.