Running Girl (The Garvie Smith Mysteries #1)
by Simon Mason
What is it about:
Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What's the point, anyway? Life sucks. Nothing ever happens.
Until Chloe Dow's body is pulled from a pond.
DI Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical - he's determined to solve the mystery and get promoted. He doesn't need any 'assistance' from notorious slacker, Smith.
Or does he?
What did I think of it:
This was a nice murder mystery with a hero I didn't like.
Garvie thinks he's cool and that rules don't apply to him. He's exploiting the goodness of friends, is rude to police detectives, and lies constantly to his mother without making sure he can't get caught in a lie. If you are using a visit to a friend as an excuse to go poking around where you shouldn't: tell the friend, so he can cover for you! Seems Garvie isn't as smart as he thinks he is.
So yes: I really disliked Smart Mouth Garvie.
Luckily the murder mystery and inspector Singh made up for Garvie. I was really curious what had happened and how things fit together. There are lots of things going on and there's more than one suspect.
All in all an entertaining read, but I won't pick up the next book, because one book with Garvie was enough.
Why should you read it:
It's a nice murder mystery.
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