Trouble is a Friend of Mine (#1)

Author(s): Stephanie Tromly

Young Adult Fiction

Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller's Day Off in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that's one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome.


When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby--annoying, brilliant and somehow...attractive? Digby--has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.


When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can't say no. Digby gets her, even though she barely gets herself. But is Digby a hero, or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exercise his own obsessive compulsive tendencies?


A romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a crime novel where catching the crook isn't the only hook, a friendship story where they aren't even sure they like each other--this is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you've ever met.

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Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digby's friend wasn't that different from preparing to survive the Apocalypse

Reads like a combination of Veronica Mars and The Breakfast Club ... a screwball mystery with powerful crossover appeal. Publishers Weekly Fast-talking, suit-wearing Digby is an exasperating teenage Sherlock-sharply observant, impatient with social niceties, and unafraid of authority figures ... Fans of Veronica Mars and Elementary will find much to like here ... Zoe's sarcastic first-person narration is fresh and offbeat and entertaining caper. Kirkus A fast-paced story...Readers will find a sharply drawn character in the irrepressible Zoe, who's as dubious about Digby's methods as she is curious about whether or not she can live up to his daredevilry. SLJ

Stephanie Tromly was born in Manila, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives with her husband and son in Winnipeg.She is working on her PhD in English Literature.

General Fields

  • : 9781471404856
  • : Hot Key Books
  • : Hot Key Books
  • : July 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephanie Tromly
  • : Paperback
  • : Feb-17
  • : [Fic]
  • : 314