‘Goldie Vance’ is an Action-Packed Detective Adventure – Review
Detective books are nothing new. In fact, most people love the intrigue and mysteriousness of a good detective story and you surely get one in Goldie Vance.
For those who are unfamiliar with the comic series, it centers around the protagonist Marigold “Goldie” Vance. The 16-year-old daughter of a hotel manager in Miami, Goldie’s dream is to become the establishment’s in-house detective. Some might say that’s a lofty dream for someone so young – however, Goldie is great at what she does. While she works at the hotel doing work she considers mundane, she’s also had the time to help the head detective on-staff, Walter. Although Walter typically finds himself in an exasperated state due to Goldie high-jacking his job, even he knows that the teen is a great detective.
In Goldie Vance (vol. 1), our titular character has to help find a necklace that has been stolen from one of the hotel’s guests, Mr. Dieter Ludwig. While Ludwig tells Walter and Goldie that the necklace is invaluable, upon finding it, Goldie realizes it’s just costume jewelry and not something of great value. However, Goldie notices something strange upon the necklace, something her best friend and co-worker, Cheryl also notices. The duo gets right down to decoding the strange symbol, but in the meantime, Mr. Ludwig goes missing from the hotel. What was once an investigation for a missing necklace is now a missing person’s case, and it’s all up to Goldie to put the pieces of the mystery together.
Written by Hope Larson with artwork by Brittney Williams, Goldie Vance (vol. 1) is a thrilling mystery with many twists and turns to keep the reader entertained. As a reader, there were many moments where you thought you knew where the story was headed, but then you were sent in an entirely new direction. It made for an exciting story that I truly enjoyed. I wasn’t very familiar with the Goldie Vance comic series prior to reading this graphic novel, but I am glad I had the chance to experience it. Larson and Williams do an amazing job with the story and artwork, both paired effortlessly to enhance the book as a whole. Goldie and her friends are utterly relatable, which is something that the intended YA audience is likely to connect with. Couple this with a story that is fun and mysterious – ultimately everything that a detective story should be – and you’ll definitely love this book. I cannot wait to delve into Goldie’s next adventures!