I am still riding on the Veronica Mars train as I plow through season 2. I'm holding off on seeing the movie until I finish the series but I cannot wait! In the meantime, these bookish sleuths are enhancing my love for the other new Nancy Drews. ♥ Heiress, P.I. by Amanda Mahan (pictured). The inspiration for this book (which is just $2.99!) came a few years ago when Paris Hilton gave the police a tip that helped them solve a crime. Mahan starting thinking how funny it would be if Hilton's whole party-girl persona was a ruse and she was actually working as a private investigator. "That's why I call Heiress, P.I. 'Paris Hilton meets Veronica Mars,'" says Mahan. "Because the richest teen in the world gets made over and goes under cover to solve a mystery." Watch the trailer!
♥ Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. Mila is a girl who senses things -- emotional clues, tiny details that the adults around her seem to miss. Her special skill makes her a grade-A detective when her father's old friend goes missing, and it also makes her a fascinating main character with tons of wit and heart (plus super smart observations).
♥ Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington. When Liv comes to an exclusive private school on a scholarship, she thinks her life is golden. Then? She's viciously murdered. As Liv's ghost tries to piece together what happened, she discovers a dark conspiracy that spans over 100 years, one that will claim more victims if Liv doesn't expose it.