Then Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock throws in an investigative character named Mac - I can't be the only one who loved Mac on Veronica Mars and doesn't care if they have nothing in common, but just loves that she's named Mac . . . can I? - and a murder mystery that needs solving. Really, what more do you need in order to know you need to read this book?
Would the synopsis do? Here it is via Goodreads:
Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.
Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love
Was I right, or what? Hemlock, Kathleen Peacock's debut and the first in a trilogy is out May 8, 2012 from Harper Collin's Children's Books.
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*I know I said it for another book - how the Body Finder books have me looking for a great YA murder mystery, too, so I didn't want to mention it here - but the cover does have a quote from Body Finder series author Kimberly Derting