This is one of my favorite middle grade mystery series, and I kinda think it doesn’t get talked about enough. I don’t know WHY, either, because they’re really good books. The writing: excellent. The characters: layered and complex and amazing. The mysteries: not super complicated, but still interesting and (y’know) mysterious.What hit me the most during this reread is how much Sammy is like a tiny Veronica Mars. The book series came out before the TV show, and I am seriously wondering whether the writers of the show had read any of the Sammy Keyes books beforehand. Sammy’s sarcastic and clever and she doesn’t pull punches, and though the book series isn’t as dark and/or depressing as Veronica Mars sometimes got, it’s still got a lot of emotional maturity running throughout.Read the rest of my review at my blog.