Buzz Kill

Buzz KillBuzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery, YA
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Book Depository

This review contains no spoilers.

This is a part of my Alphabetical Book Goal.

I received this book (several years ago) from the publisher. This has not affected my review.

Putting the dead in deadline
To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper – and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect.

Millie’s partner is gorgeous, smart-and keeping secrets
Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.

She’s starting to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama-and bodies-pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he’s-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world’s most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to eat a lot of pie.

I love mysteries. Like Millie (the main character) I grew up reading and idolizing Nancy Drew. Yes, you read that correctly, this book is unashamedly about a Nancy Drew Fangirl and it’s beautiful. Her motto is “WWND” (what would Nancy do?). Unlike some books that are written “for fans of ____” this one is written about (and by) a fan. It kind of made me think of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

The murder its self is very well written and thought out, and for a YA book I came across a surprisingly few number of errors in terms of how the police handled everything. (Unfortunately a lot of authors don’t know much about real crime scenes and seem to get a lot of their info from shows like CSI and Bones which are very incorrect). I could definitely believe in the circumstances as they were presented.

There is a lot of suspense. A lot. I loved it. You never really know what’s going to happen next and it’s almost impossible to “be a step ahead” or figure out the murder before Mille does, which is always a benefit in a mystery novel.


If you love Nancy Drew then you should definitely check out this book!! I think any lover of mysteries could read this and enjoy it. There is some romance, but’s its not too bad and never seems to distract from the story itself. It’s a great book for teenagers, though, and a higher reading level than most of the Nancy Drew books (but if you want to try it I’d never discourage you from reading outside of your usual level).



6 thoughts on “Buzz Kill

  1. This sounds wonderful. I got into reading because of Nancy Drew, and then my best friend became a reading addict because of the same thing as well. This would be a great birthday present for her. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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