Published by HarperTeen on September18, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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?
What I Thought…
- The Dead Girls Detective Agency is part comedy, part mystery. The balance works pretty good. It’s a bit on the style of Deadly Cool, it’s a bit ridiculous at times, but fun enough that you don’t really worry about it.
- After Charlottes untimely death she joins Nancy, Lorna, Tess and Edison at the Atessa. Because she was murdered she has to find her killer before she can move on. The other girls and Edison have been there for some time (two of them for a very long time) which means they still haven’t found their killer. Some were still there by choice (choosing not to find their killer), others were stuck because they couldn’t find their killer.
- Charlotte was very likeable. For someone who was murdered she didn’t whine about it too much or wallow in her pity to the point of being annoying. It was there, just more in the background, which I appreciated. She’s still hung up on her perfect boyfriend David, though she realizes that that’s no longer a possibility to actually be with him.
- I liked all the girls in the Dead Girls Detective Agency, but Lorna was my favorite. Nancy was a little too bossy and Tess was a little too mean (though both were necessary to help Charlotte).
- By the time you get to know David it’s hard to imagine him as the perfect boyfriend that he was for Charlotte. In fact you kind of want to smack him upside the head.
- Charlotte and the gang hunt around the city looking for any clues on who wanted Charlotte dead. They spy on David and the cheerleaders (who are typically cliché, but nevertheless funny), her BFF and some other random people as they work on their investigations. They also inhabit a few bodies (which was absolutely hilarious).
- The killer’s motives were a bit over the top, but that’s really not surprising. And even though it was over the top, it still managed to be a bit creepy. Actually, it was very creepy.
- There was almost zero romance in this book, which is a rarity in YA these days. I was ok with that, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing more. Charlotte and Edison make a cute ghost couple, but there wasn’t much between them until the end.
- The Dead Girls Detective Agency doesn’t appear to be a series, which kind of surprises me. It really has the potential to be a series and I would totally read more books because I like stuff like this.