Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey
Millie works for her school newspaper and has a fierce rivalry with the student editor, Viv, who is also the head cheerleader. Viv orders Millie to write a piece about how the school may be making students and teachers sick since it was built upon an old refuse heap. Millie knows that what Viv really wants is for Millie to have to portray the city mayor, who is also Millie’s father, in a negative light since he was the one who pushed for a new school building at it’s current location.
Millie tries to undermine Viv by dragging her feet on the story. Once she finally gets around to actually investigating she discovers something horrific; the dead body of her school’s football team.
Now she is faced with the ultimate investigation: a murder. But it won’t be easy. Viv and Millie cannot get over their competitiveness to work together, and Millie is sure that Viv will try to somehow destroy her Dad’s reputation. Just because he is the assistant coach to the football team and argued with the deceased regularly doesn’t make him a killer, right?
Millie also has an unlikely ally in her investigation, the football team’s star quarterback, Chase. He is incredibly handsome but also distant and quiet. Can Millie break through his icy exterior while not falling for him? Can she exonerate her dad? Will she one up her nemesis Viv once again?
Buzz Kill is a witty new mystery that is perfect for a quick summer read. While the plot can feel drawn out at times the character of Millie is engaging and unique enough to get you through the slow parts. So if you like mystery, or enjoy zany characters be sure to pick up Buzz Kill. And although the characters all in high school the author goes out of her way to make a very clean book, so it is appropriate for ages 14 and up.