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Brianne has a nose for sleuthing. She can connect with people; even scary people. She has the smarts to solve even the most underhanded crime, and she can solve it with or without the help of the police or her parents.
When it comes to Conner Ryan, however, his unrelenting assistance is quite another story. When you’re in love with one of the hottest guys in school – who in the heck cares?
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Keep reading for an interview with Brianne James, a character from the book:
Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in New Jersey. My brother and I grew up with terrible parents, but eventually found our way to a new family who took us in.
Do you have a close relationship with your family?
Yes, and I'm grateful for that. Still, my mother is often in my business more often than she should be. Dad is more easy-going, but he isn't well, and I try to keep things as positive as I can with him.
What is the happiest memory from your childhood?
The day I was taken in by Susan and Henry. I still remember the first time I stepped into my new bedroom. It was actually pretty. I even had a bedspread and a place to hang my clothes.
Who was your best friend growing up?
My brother, Oscar. He and I took care of each other. Mom was not often among the living. She drank a lot, and so did Dad.
If you could compare yourself to someone from another novel, who would it be?
I read mostly from the computer screen, but rarely novels. I'm more into finding the answers to clues, researching how people die, and stuff like that. I might look into what causes a person's skin at death to turn blue. Stuff like that.
Mom would say I'm a lot like her. She would say that she's showing me the ropes through her Susan Cramer Mystery series - a series that you can read right before this book. Because I'm not really blood related to either Susan or Henry, I would say that I'm my own unique person. Sure, I like solving murders like Mom, but Mom and I are totally different.
Who is your enemy?
Criminals. Did you know they come in all shapes, sizes and ages? I find that incredible. People who sneak around and take another life, may think they will never be found out, but they usually are. I'd like to think that I'm helping the police out. They might not like it either, but who cares?
Who do you most admire in your world?
As much as I tease her - my mom. She started this detective stuff out years ago, not really knowing what she was doing. People haven't always been kind to her. But she has always been kind to me, even in the beginning when I played with mud balls, and probably looked like one. She fed me and my brother when we were hungry, and took us in when we needed a place to crash.
Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?
Some might say I'm too smart for my own good. Maybe they're right, but my favorite subject in school is biology - and that's not just because Conner Ryan is my science partner.
What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?
Maybe this is more scary than embarrassing, but you'll want to pay special attention to the secondary characters in this book. Some of them are not what they seem to be.
What is your greatest fear?
I have more than one fear. One of them is that Henry will die. He's been so good to me and my brother. Another is that I will never have a boyfriend.
What is the most important lesson you've learned about life?
Love is more important than any investigation, but it's hard to balance the two.
What is the strangest situation you've ever found yourself in?
Too many strange situations to count. Not counting my younger years, I would say finding a girl lying dead at the local park.
What is the greatest obstacle you have ever had to face?
Letting go of my birth parents, and opening my heart to the future.
Do you have a secret you've never told anyone?
Okay. I'm not really as secure as I sometimes sound in the book. I mean, the past is always creeping up. Stuff I might not even share, but that you will more than likely see between the lines. How can a person be totally secure when their birth parents really didn't care about them?
Have you ever been in love?
Yes. Conner Ryan is the hottest guy in school. I'm not going to tell you if or how it worked out for me, however. You'll have to read the book.