Recovering Dad

Recovering Dad is a 2008 young adult novel by Libby Sternberg, and the third book in the Bianca Balducci Mystery series, following Uncovering Sadie’s Secrets (2003) and Finding the Forger (2004). All three novels are published by Bancroft Press.

It’s Bianca Balducci’s junior year in high school, and she’s got more than enough on her plate already: impending SAT scores, college admissions, and the mixed signals of sort-of-boyfriend Doug.
But when she finds out her mother, widowed as long as Bianca can remember, is marrying Officer Steve Paluchek, a longtime family friend, things get even worse very, very quickly–because Paluchek, according to Bianca’s private-eye sister Connie, is the man responsible for the death of their police officer father.
And so, Bianca is pulled into her most personal case yet–learning, for the first time, who her father truly was, even as she tries to determine who killed him.
Was it Paluchek? He does seem to have ties to the immigrant smuggling ring their father was investigating. Was it Paluchek’s partner? And can Bianca figure it out before an increasingly irrational Connie makes a fatal mistake?