Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective by Katie Siegel

Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective by Katie SiegelCharlotte Iles Is Not a Detective by Katie Siegel
Series: Not a Detective #1
Published by Kensington Publishing on June 27, 2023
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective

For fans of Veronica Mars, Charlotte Illes was a child detective – solving mysteries in her hometown that the police and other adults couldn’t. Now that she’s in her 20s, she’s ready to move on but to what? She’s not sure but she knows she doesn’t want to solve mysteries. Until her brother asks her to investigate his GF’s stalker.

My thoughts about Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective

What starts off as something simple, turns into a multi-layered mystery with murder, union busting, and a missing person. This tightly plotted, fast-paced mystery is thoroughly engaging as Charlotte wrestles with taking up investigating but can’t stop wanting to know what’s going on. Her two besties give her an assist and provide for some lighter moments.

Written by TikTokker @katiefliesaway this is a clever debut that feels very now in the best of ways with pro-union plot points and LGBTQIA+ rep that feels natural. The plot is satisfyingly twisty, the banter witty, and the characters are relatable and likable.

In closing

Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective is a must-read for contemporary mystery fans.

Thank you, Kensington for the DRC.

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About Katie Siegel

Katie Siegel is a former wannabe child detective who eventually realized that writing mysteries was more fun than trying (and failing) to solve them. In addition to writing the Charlotte Illes books and creating content for @KatieFliesAway on Tiktok, Instagram, and Youtube, she writes and produces the fantasy radio advice show podcast, Dear Liisphyra. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and currently lives in New Jersey.

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