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Wicked Things: 07/03/21

Wicked Things by John Allison

Wicked Things by John Allison and Max Sarin (Illustrations) collects the first six issues of the comic. Charlotte "Lottie" Grote has been a sleuth her entire childhood. Her best friend Claire has nominated her for the Teen Detective of the Year award in her last year to qualify. That means an exciting trip to London. What could possibly go wrong?

I really wasn't expecting a cozy mystery but that's exactly what happens. In fact it's really like three cozies in one. All of this mayhem begins when Lottie is accused of attempted murder of Japan's greatest adult sleuth. Until he's out of his coma, Lottie is in a legal purgatory. That gives the comic the excuse to hook her up with London Metro Police.

In true cozy fashion, Lottie is given a job with access to the police while still being under suspicion. Despite her tenuous situation, she stay's upbeat through the power of her biting sarcasm and her ability to spot a mystery with the barest of clues.

There's a to be continued hook at the end of volume one. Looking at the author's website, Lottie is featuring in a new comic, Circus Windows and there are eventual plans to revisit the attempted murder of Kendo Miyamoto.

Five stars

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