Thursday, June 20, 2019

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrif - PUBLIC

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig, 442 pages. Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2019. $18.

Language: R (100+ swears 100+ 'f's); Mature Content: R (sexual situations); Violence: PG13.



17yo Margo is a rich socialite - the media calls her mad-Margo and reports on her crazy rich girl antics. Her friends are a group of boys - high school students by day, drag queens by night, and high-tech burglars after hours, all with personal reasons they need the money from their heists. Knocking off art galleries, the Chinese Embassy, even a castle in the hills of Los Angeles, was fun for Margo, she's a natural leader and this well organized group never lets her down, but when her ailing father suddenly dies, Margo suspects murder, and now, it's personal. (Plus, the Russian mafia is probably out to get her). 

High crime with James Bond level technology - the action is exciting and dangerous, the story is gripping with lots of twists and turns. Margo's friends are sweet, and flamboyant, but I wanted the drag queen story to go somewhere. It was a great disguise element, made for an interesting subplot, but felt like a stereotype. Roehrig stops the intimacy just short of on page, but with so much talk about it I hesitate to recommend this for a school library. Check it out at the public library if you are looking for a high school Oceans 8.

Lisa Librarian

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