I found out about Linda Gerber through Amanda Ashyby’s blog diary and I went to find out more about Linda Gerber and her young adult novels. She writes young adult mystery novels and I’ve dubbed her recent series the Aphra Connolly Death Mystery Series because she doesn’t name it. I bought the first two in the series called Death by Bikini and Death by Latte because they really caught my attention when I read the blurbs. Aphra Connolly had a very dangerous but enlightening mystery adventure in teh first book. She met Seth Mulo and can’t get over him even though his parents and him are on the run from the CIA agency who want to use them at all costs. At the end of the first book Aphra finds out that her mother had been in touch with her over the 6 years since her dad moved them to the island. She had also found out where she lives right now in Seattle and has decided tha she was going to visit her without her father knowing about it. I really like Aphra because she is a strong, intelligent and independent young woman who somehow finds a murder mystery that puts her life on the line almost every time.
She finally gets to be with her mother after years of thinking she didn’t want her anymore, though Aphra is starting to see that her mother might have had a very good reason for leaving her and her dad. It was great to read about Seth and Aphra after their goodby on the island in the first book. I really like Aphra and Seth as a couple but I don’t see how their relationship is going to work because Seth and his parents are still on the run. There were so much going on in this novel that had me flipping the pages to find out how Aphra would get out of this dangerous mess or solve this murder. Finally getting to know about Aphra’s former CIA agent mother because in the first book she was mentioned and it made me very curious about her and why she left Aphra and her father. Linda Gerber delivers a suspenseful mystery that kept me on my toes and flipping the pages to find out how things ends for Aphra. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book in the series called Death by Denim coming out in April 2009 because the last book left me wanting more! I give this book 3.5 Open Books:
Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
DEATH BY LATTE $ 6.99 (Book 2)(203 Pages)
It was only a few weeks ago when Aphra Connolly’s life changed completely. She had been living a quiet existence at her father’s secluded island resort until Seth Mulo turned up, stole her heart—and provided information that led to her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn’t quite what she expected. Aphra’s mom, Natalie, doesn’t seem happy to see Aphra; and Natalie’s partner, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he gave her a few weeks ago. At least Natalie’s hunky neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her….