Review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

troublefriendofmineNo one says to Digby, “Trouble is your middle name.” That doesn’t mean it isn’t true in so many ways though. Digby is the first person Zoe Webster meets on her first day at her new school in the suburbs. Trouble soon follows. They both end up with detention for being late and are assigned to work on a project together.

Zoe’s parents recently split up. She and her mother move from New York City to a suburban type city. Zoe seems like a typical teenage girl in a lot of ways. She is self conscious, has a somewhat rocky relationship with her parents, and crushes on cute boys. But, she doesn’t quite fit in at her new school. Digby takes care of that in his own way becoming a close companion.

While they are supposed to work on a project together for school, it becomes clear that Digby has his own projects in the works. He seeks Zoe’s help as he explores the whereabouts of a missing teenager. He thinks if he can solve that, it might help solve the case where his sister was abducted when he was  younger. The blurbs suggest that Digby is part Sherlock with some Ferris Beuller and Veronica Mars thrown in. I would have to agree. If nothing else, the word eccentric applies to Digby.

I really enjoyed the book. I particularly liked the characters of Zoe and Digby. The plot moved along steadily with sporadic forays into action as they hunted for the missing girl. The closer it gets to the end of the book, the action picks up more. Other characters get dragged into Digby’s wake. The book is well written and entertaining. I enjoyed the sense of humor shown in the dialogue which was somewhat sarcastic at times. I think there is room for a sequel if the author chooses. I would read it.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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