We Know It Was You

352p. (Strange Truth: Bk. 1). ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481462006.
Gr 9 Up—A fast-paced, sassy, and sultry whodunit. Mystery Club team members Benny and Virginia witness Brittany Montague in her school mascot costume jumping off a bridge and into the river while an odd figure just stands by and watches. Strangely enough, while all of this is happening, the entire Winship football team and all of the cheerleaders seem to be deranged and are running around wild in the woods. Plenty of drinking, dancing, and flirting go along with the unraveling of the case of the bridge-jumping mascot. The two gumshoes have to go up against the beautiful Zaire, one of Virginia's housemates; the awkwardly strange Gerard, who likes to dress up like Patrick Swayze; and the goofy yet insanely adorable German foreign exchange student Gottfried. The dynamic duo team "Beninia" may have their differences, but they also have respect for each other, as well as a deep mutual attraction. Dealing with run-ins with the police, encounters with long-haired jazz weirdos, and the strange behaviors that the popular kids have been exhibiting, they actually do a fairly good job of finding meaningful clues.
VERDICT This work is a fine mix of teen angst and high school drama with a smooth twist of mystery and intrigue.

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