Title: Death by Denim
Author: Linda Gerber
Publisher: Sleuth Speak
"Aphra Connelly is being chased by some very dangerous people. She knows her survival depends upon staying far away from love interest Seth, and listening to her mom's lectures on the finer points of anonymity and survival. But how is a girl supposed to live under the radar and not think about her boyfriend when she's in Paris - the most glamorous and romantic city in the world? Aphra would like nothing more than to entertain her fantasy of strolling along the Champs Elysees with Seth, but when her mom's contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed in his mouth, Aphra realizes that she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom, Aphra tracks down the criminal mastermind in Italy, only to unwittingly reveal Seth's location. And her mistake has just put them in mortal danger..."
I'm officially a fan of Linda Gerber. The "Death by..." series is wonderful and it makes me want to find all the other books written by this author. They are just solid, well written, interesting, and fun mysteries. I've said this before, but mystery just isn't a genre that is well covered in YA Lit. I was surprised and excited to find this series and hope for much more.
I believe this book is the end of this series, though. Or, at least, it doesn't really leave much story to be had - unless it goes in a different direction (which it very well could - and I hope it does!). If not, I hope this author comes out with more titles.
There was a little bit at the end where I was hoping for more of a BOOM at the end. I mean, it does get them out of their situation... but I wanted more than just a hospital bed and hugs all around. I dunno... I just wondered if there was more to be had. I suppose that's another reason I would like to see another book written in this series.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in YA Fic - especially if they're a fan of mysteries. It's a girl protag, but I think the book stands well enough that guys can enjoy it too. And it's highly recommended as well. If you haven't read any of these books, get on it! It's totally worth it!
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