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The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow Mysteries)

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The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow Mysteries)

Meghan Scott Molin's THE FRAME-UP is a celebration of nerd culture, superheroes and mystery, with the perfect dash of romance and lust. As the first book in the Golden Arrow Mysteries, THE FRAME-UP is not to be missed.

Michael-Grace (MG) Martin is pursuing her dream. She writes comic books for her favorite publishing house, Genius. Only something strange has just happened: scenes from her favorite comic book series “The Hooded Falcon” are popping up across town. As a self-proclaimed expert on Falcon lore, MG is recruited by the sexy detective Matteo Kildaire to aid in the case, but as fiction and fact seem to intertwine in strange ways, MG cannot help but feel as if it is a dream, or nightmare, come true.

"The concept of a comic book come to life is amazing....Not only did this book establish a mystery world but it also established a nerd culture."

I enjoyed MG's sass. At first, she was a bit hesitant. She was a bit more in her shell. As she got to know the case and Matteo better, she started to experiment and try new experiences. She was very comfortable in her own skin, and I adored that. I am a proponent of being yourself no matter who that person may be. MG was a nerd, and she did not care if people judged her for that. She had experiences with non-nerds who turned her off dating them --- until sexy Matteo.

I have to admit Matteo and MG had chemistry. It was a good romance. They had a little zing that a lot of couples miss. They danced around each other, flirting. The romance was not sudden or rushed. It had build-up and a good finale. The two of them genuinely liked each other, and they genuinely got to know each other. Matteo did good things for MG and she started to test the boundaries of what she could do. While she did this partly to outdo Matteo, she did this partly to help herself, and I admire that latter quality. Matteo also explored his nerdy side. He did not completely understand it, but he did try, and that is a big part of a relationship. I appreciate their romance.

The concept of a comic book come to life is amazing. It is very intriguing and something I would like to see explored more. Not only did this book establish a mystery world but it also established a nerd culture. It gave the reader an opportunity to look at a different side of the comic book genre (which I will admit I do not know a lot about). I was surprised that “The Hooded Falcon” was about a social superhero. It was a nice dose of change after all of the Avengers-style heroes. Do not get me wrong, the Avengers are great and all, but seeing the Falcon fight “real” bad guys is a nice change.

I usually do not enjoy mysteries. After a while of guessing, I either give up or get it right. More often than not, it is the former. This mystery felt like the former. I did not care too much for the stakes; I did not have any emotional interest in the outcome. No one's life was really at stake until the end. There was no threat other than the lives of various drug dealers, and it is generally accepted that these are “bad” people. If there was a more personal connection established early on, I might have been more interested, but there was not.

The ending felt a little lackluster, though. It felt like the ending to an art cinema movie: unfulfilling and open-ended. There is no outright villain or hero; these characters are left in a shadowy world of guessing. The ending works for the romance and nothing else. I was rooting more for the romance to work out than to see if the mystery panned out.

If you like superhero stories but want a good dose of reality, THE FRAME-UP is for you.

Reviewed by Wren L., Teen Board Member on November 14, 2018

The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow Mysteries)
by Meghan Scott Molin