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The Dead Girls Detective Agency [Format Kindle]

Suzy Cox

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“…Engaging. Cox’s storytelling is well paced…Fans of urban fantasy will enjoy this book.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“An entertaining romp” (Booklist)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Solving the mystery behind your death can be murder.

Charlotte wakes up at Hotel Atessa, home to murdered New York teenagers and HQ of The Dead Girls Detective Agency. Before she has time to adjust to her new dead self, she's introduced to her new afterlife companions, Lorna, Nancy and the cute - if slightly hostile - dead boy, Eddison.

But where does this leave Charlotte and her boyfriend David? Is it possible to have a long-distance relationship from beyond the grave? The only way out of this limbo is to figure out who killed her, or she'll have to spend eternity here. But who could hate her enough to want her dead?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 490 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 337 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1472106598
  • Editeur : Much-in-Little (18 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow and Boring 2 juillet 2013
Par Lili's Reflections - Publié sur
I traded for this book in hopes of getting a quick, hilarious read with an interesting concept. Well, the read is quick...the book has a very interesting and unique concept...but the plot felt flat and I don't have many things I enjoyed. In my opinion, the hardest type of review to write is one for a book you really didn't like. I sit here wanting to be honest with you, but it's hard to highlight the positive points without dwelling on the negatives. So I'm going to try to make this a simpler review, but elaborate on my qualms and share what I adored.

The plot in this one was set up for so many amazing things, though it did fall flat. One day Charlotte was murdered, pushed in front of a train on the subway train track. She then woke up in some type of limbo for murdered teens in New York City where she meets the Dead Girls Detective Agency--Lorna, Nancy, Tess, and supposedly Edison. She can't move on and leave limbo until she solves her murder and gets the key to her freedom, so she embarks on a twisted journey to find her murderer--one the most unsuspecting characters ever.

However, I have to say that the plot was hindered by a lack of humor and odd characterizing. This book was littered with jokes to lighten to the mood of death, but they all fell flat to me. I could see the jokes so obviously there, but the only reaction they were able to solicit from me was the occasional eye roll or the need to just ignore it and keep going. I feel as if the humor was geared more towards a younger teenage who thinks weird sayings and cheesy sarcasm is hilarious. The lack of humor made the book slightly morbid at times because the humor was supposed to override the team of death and it didn't.

Next, the characterization. For the life of me, I could not connect to Charlotte. I didn't agree with her decisions, her thought processes seemed skewed and slightly batty, and I just didn't like her. While Lorna and Nancy were somewhat entertaining every now and then, they couldn't make up for my dislike of Charlotte. I also really didn't like her ex-boyfriend. Truth is, if you love someone who is murdered, you don't go and hook up with half of the cheer-leading squad just because you don't know what to do and they pay a lot of attention to you. He was not a respectable character at all and more often than not, I just wanted to get rid of him.

And I have trouble grasping the motivation for the murderer. We spend the entire book trying to figure out who it is, and while I was shocked because it was the last person I expected, I hated the motivation to take someone's life. It was messed up, to put it honestly. I know you have to be a little messed up in the head to want to murder someone, but this was just a petty excuse that should never lead to murder. I was slightly angered after reading this part of the book because it was so insane. The big climatic moment fell flat because there was no logic in it.

Sitting here reflecting on the book, I think that one of the reasons that I had all of these problems was the writing. It didn't seem that complex. It was very simple, and while I like simple, too simple can sometimes be bad. I feel like more description and attention to detail regarding emotions and descriptions may have allowed me to enjoy this book slightly more than I did. I wish that the creativity behind the plot could have been handled in such a way to create a stronger story with more likable and respectable characters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Unique & Cute 4 décembre 2012
Par Lauren - Publié sur
Who knew trying to crack the case of a murdered teen could be so enjoyable? Pleasantly shocking, The Dead Girls Detective Agency was chock-full of laughs and morbid fun. Besides a lack of romantic steam (I'll get to that later) this book was amazing. Truly one of a kind. The mystery of "who dun' it" was well thought out and planned which lead to a super suspenseful and exciting read. I had trouble putting this one down!

Dead Girls starts out on a seriously sullen note due to the untimely death of our main character, Charlotte. One minute she's standing on the train platform getting ready to board, and the next, splat. All Charlotte remembers is a slight shove followed by blinding hot pain. FADE OUT. When Charlotte finally awakens she finds herself in an unfamiliar hotel lobby surrounded by three strange girls: Lorna, Nancy and Tess, the official heads of The Dead Girls Detective Agency. For one reason or another, these three have remained in a sort of limbo, using their afterlife as service to solving teenage murders. It's explained that all New York City murdered teens wind up in Hotel Attesa, a pit-stop on the way to heaven, or at least whatever "hereafter" that exists. When you reach this point you have two choices. One: stick around as your half-barely-there-self, able to oversee those you left, but never really being able to be with them, or Two: works towards getting your murder case solved and receive the key that lets you move on. Charlotte, opting for the ladder, begins working towards solving her murder with the help of bookworm Nancy, fashionista Lorna, shrew-like Tess and mysterious, Edison.

I really liked this book. With a storyline weighed down by macabre, Cox does a great job of keeping things light and fun. A great deal of the dialogue is humorous and had me laughing out loud. Even though the main characters were murdered, the majority of the story was upbeat. When Charlotte's mystery murderer was revealed I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely was a "didn't see that one coming" sort of deal. Cox does a great job of writing a true murder mystery that keeps you guessing by leading you down multiple false paths.

Here's where I talk about the not-so-great parts of Dead Girls. I like my YAs balanced with all the essentials: including decent steam AND or OR romance. I felt like Dead Girls seriously lacked in this department. Granted, Charlotte had a lot on her plate but still I felt like there were some missed opportunities. In the beginning Charlotte was still reeling from the loss of her living boyfriend, David. Although heartbroken, David seemed to move on pretty quickly... Then there was Edison. We're led to believe that he has a special connection with Charlotte by way of his slightly less-snarky attitude towards her. It felt like Cox was trying to build something between the two but I never really saw anything emerging. He was very hot and cold with an emphasis on cold. Don't get me wrong, I definitely liked Edison. He was the more-favorable male character in this book for sure. Basically I just didn't "feel it" when it came to him or any potential anything with Charlotte.

Regardless! I really liked this book. Fans of lighthearted paranormal reads such as Helen Keeble's Fang Girl will definitely enjoy this one!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Recommended - nice idea and with the second book the series gets even better! 2 septembre 2014
Par I. Lembcke - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
(First published at Goodreads by me, edited)
Got this as an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal cheap.
Rating and critique were mixed, but I guess it cannot hurt.
Beginning is good.
Some nice ideas, but basically not too gripping, and I am tired of the high-school-theme of backstabbing, betrayal and bitching.
And airheads, cheerleaders etc.
Major twist near the end I did not see coming, although as this is supposed to be a series, I asked myself how this would be pulled of.
Not entirely sure I can recommend it, I might read the next book in the series Dead Girls Walking and decide then.

Edt.: ok, having read the second book in the series, gets even better - in comparison, this one has a solved story and an end, the second one does end on 2 (!) major twists and a cliffhanger, with the third book not even announced. So this can be read as a standalone.

Uh, bad me, I just checked, in the end of this book it was said the next book would be out in January 2014 (as in now or soon), but both here and at Amazon the publishing date is said to be May 15th, 2014. That could still change to a later date.

My rating is 3 stars, not too much romance, which is a plus, no sex (which is definitely not). Hm, come to think of it, not much of anything. At least it is not too long.
Might not warrant 3 stars for some readers.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 LOVE IT 28 janvier 2014
Par CCPye - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really liked the book but, I know that it's not a romance but Edison and Charlotte should have kissed at the end.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A fun, light mystery 24 mars 2013
Par Brittany Moore - Publié sur
Charlotte isn't sure how she ended up in this strange hotel at first, then she meets Nancy, who explains it all. Charlotte is dead--murdered to be exact--and she is stuck in this sort of limbo until she figured out who wanted her dead. The hotel isn't all bad, besides being dead. Nancy and Lorna are pretty nice and totally into helping her solve her murder. Tess isn't quite so charming though and then there is Edison...Charlotte isn't sure what to make of him. So now Charlotte has to spy on the living and figure out what, in her mostly invisible life, would make somebody want to kill her. She'll find out who her true friends are, and who she never really knew all that well.

This was a fun little read. You would think a heavy topic like, a girl's own murder would drag the book down but it didn't. Suzy Cox made a light mystery that had plenty of fun parts amongst the depressing. It was mostly just sad that Charlotte would never get to be human again, but she didn't seem all that upset about it. I don't know if she was the most realistic character, but I appreciate her coming to terms with being dead rather quickly.

The love aspects of this book, and sort of the mystery itself were a bit predictable but the story was still a good read anyways. There were secrets about the other characters that I couldn't figure out and so that was a great reason to keep reading. This book was so light and fun though, I feel like it could easily be a book even for older Middle Grade readers. There were a few skank sort of remarks, but I think they would enjoy the story.

This was a fun little mystery that was never too heavy, but all sorts of fun. I enjoyed the characters, even the less pleasant ones. They seemed like a sort of parody of themselves. Regardless, if you are looking for a light mystery, make sure you check this one out.

First Line:
"Pop Quiz: What would you do if you only had one day left to live?"

Favorite Lines:
"'Hey, as everyone who's had one knows, the 'fun' in 'funeral' is something of a misnomer.'...'Do you just sit around at night coming up with these lines? Waiting for new dead girls to show up so you can try them out?'"
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