While I wouldn’t say I’m a “Marshmallow” per se, I do like the Veronica Mars tv series. The first season is one of my all-time favorite seasons of a show. I didn’t enjoy number two as much for spoilery reasons but it wasn’t bad and the third season is better than it’s reputation. The movie is fun. I’m not one for high school melodramas but Rob Thomas and team get the noir/mystery aspects of the show down well and Kristen Bell is great as Veronica, the evolutionary Marlowe-type.
There were two books written immediately after the events of the movie and I’m trying to catch up on them in advance of the show’s revival on Hulu, one of the few revival/reboot/restarts that I actually welcome. And not only was this good…it was better than I expected.
The book feels like watching a movie-length Veronica Mars episode, which is the point. But it’s not a cheap, money grabbing tale with a hastily assembled case marketed to fans like me. Rather, it’s a good Veronica Mars mystery, described in detail by (I am assuming mostly) guest author Jennifer Graham, who manages to get Veronica and her cohorts voices down pat but also tells a tale that feels unique and fresh. It’s amazing how almost fifteen years after it aired, people are still finding ways to breathe life into this series.
This won’t work if you’re not familiar with the show. But if you are, even if you liked it, you owe it for yourself to check it out.