The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox
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?
Overall I enjoyed this book. But I had to take it for what it is, a light hearted book aimed at teenagers. If I tried to take it too seriously I would have become disappointed. It was a fun read the story line kept me guessing. I had no clue as to who the murderer was, and how could I? I liked the rules that were laid down and how they banded together to solve murders. But if it was me and I had died, I honestly do not think that would be my reaction. Tess goes to show that bitterness and resentment do not disappear after death.
So there’s Geeky girl -Nancy, is really keen to do the whole detective thing, remind you of Nancy Drew? Then there’s the cheerleader who wasn’t a cheerleader- Lorna, I got confused myself, but I did like how she was a lot smarter than she looked, people underestimated her. The mean girl – Tess, what more can I say, she is a piece of work. Then comes the love interest – Edison, he is an enigma, what is he after?
I only left it a week (busy, busy) to write the review, and I am struggling, sorry.
So if you like books that are a good laugh and maybe make you question how you treat people in life, this is one for you.
4 stars out of 5