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Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Synopsis: Pop quiz: What would you do if you had to solve your own murder to get anywhere in death?

Maybe if I hadn't slept through my alarm, slammed into Kristin--my high school's reigning mean

girl--or stepped in a puddle, destroying my mom's new suede DVF boots (which I borrowed without asking), I wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I wouldn't have been pushed in front of that arriving train. But I did, and I was.

When I came to, I was informed by a group of girls that I'm dead. And that because I died under mysterious circumstances, I can't pass straight over to the Other Side. But at least I'm not alone. Meet the Dead Girls Detective Agency: Nancy, Lorna, and Tess--not to mention Edison, the really cute if slightly hostile dead boy. Apparently, the only way out of this limbo is to figure out who killed me, or I'll have to spend eternity playing Nancy Drew. Considering I was fairly invisible in life, who could hate me enough to want me dead? And what if my murderer is someone I never would have suspected?

Review: Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox is a fun and entertaining read. Although the topic of death and the afterlife is a deep and serious one, the author makes light of  the idea of life beyond death. Cox's writing is quirky and at times hilarious. Charlotte is definitely an interesting character. She's used to the plush life with her designer shoes, manicures and lip gloss on hand. When Charlotte figures out she'll be spending the rest of her afterlife stuck in her school uniform trying to figure who murdered her, she's not so happy. Her first reaction is denial but slowly Charlotte realizes that this death thing, is the real deal. I enjoyed this story because it was not your typical paranormal story. It was funny watching the friendships between Charlotte and the rest of the girls within the agency. I enjoyed the connection between Edison and Charlotte but overall I enjoyed that story was more focused on Charlotte, Nancy, Lorna and Tess. I really think that The three other girls were a great addition to the story and it was fun learning about their backgrounds and the mystery to their deaths as well. I think my biggest "complaint" about this book would be the slow build up. I found it hard to get into it toward the beginning but once I was about half way through I felt the story line really pick up. I would recommend Dead Girls Detective Agency to readers who enjoy paranormal stories with mystery and a little romance. It's definitely a light read that I think most readers would enjoy. It sort of reminded me of The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade as far as the mood and writing style.

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