Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 by Hope Larson & Brittney Williams (Illustrator)

Goldie Vance Volume 1


Goodreads: Goldie Vance, Vol. 1
Series: Goldie Vance #1
Source: Library
Published: 2016


Sixteen-year-old Goldie Vance dreams of becoming the detective for the Florida resort her father runs. For now, she has to be satisfied with working as a valet and helping to solve mysteries in her free time. When a guest reports a stolen necklace, Goldie will do anything to recover it and prove her worth–even if she has to break the law to right a wrong.

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Initially I picked up the Goldie Vance comics because I had seen the series compared to Nancy Drew, one of my abiding literary loves. However, I quickly realized that the books do not have much in common with Nancy Drew, aside from featuring a teenage sleuth. Sixteen-tear-old Goldie Vance works in a Floria resort and aspires to be the hotel detective. However, her cases often veer into spy thriller/sci-fi territory, rather than depicting scenarios that could conceivably happen in the real world. Readers looking for mysteries that involve secret agents, high speed chases, and foreign operatives will love the Goldie Vance stories.

The artwork is one of the most appealing parts of the Goldie Vance comics, featuring bright and colorful depictions of beach town life, as well as teen culture. It is fun to see all the 1960s outfits, and readers will be delighted by how fashionable and well, cute, Goldie and all her friends are. The illustrations, which often focus on Goldie’s exaggerated emotions and facial expressions, sometimes remind me a bit of manga, which I think will also appeal to a large number of readers.

The story itself is a little far-fetched, and Goldie has a tendency to make inferences that are not substantiated by the evidence available to her. This means, of course, that readers will not be able to solve the case along with her, due to a lack of clues. However, it also adds a little to the sense of unrealism the book conveys. In the end, the story seems more concerned with high stakes, action, and drama than it does with realism. Readers looking for a fast-paced mystery, however, will likely not mind.

Goldie Vance is a delightful, action-packed mystery that will appeal to tween and teen readers, as well as adults. Its cheery illustrations, lovable protagonist, and thrilling plot combine to create a graphic novel that is sure to win the hearts of readers and create fans eager for the next installments.

4 stars

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