Podcaster Siegel's charming comic debut is terrific fun. Fans of The Maid will embrace the arrival of Charlotte and her cohorts on the detecting scene.
Siegel's easygoing debut (based on a character she debuted on TikTok) checks in on the eponymous sleuth 15 years after she gained semi-fame as a child detective...Siegel has whipped up an amusing premise and populated it with charming characters.
[A] rollicking debut...Charlotte is a delight.
All clues point to fun in this queer, grown-up Encyclopedia Brown-style zany mystery. And, much like Encyclopedia Brown, you're gonna have to pay *very close attention* to the details if you're going to keep up with Charlotte Illes (who, of course, isn't a detective).
For anyone who ever wondered how Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown are doing now that they're all grown up, former kid detective Charlotte Illes is here to tell you: Not Great. An immensely fun, voice-y read with a twisty mystery that is very relevant to today, I can't wait to see what Charlotte (and Lucy and especially Gabe) get up to next!
There's a particular joy in reading a book and wishing you could be friends with the characters-Charlotte Illes is Not a Detective kept me guessing and left me with a warm and happy glow.