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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review: The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 18 Sept 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone (potential for series)
ISBN: 0062020641
Format: ebook
Pages: 384

The author on the web:
Suzy Cox – Official Site

Place(s) Traveled to: New York, New York

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: Pop quiz: what would you do if you only had one day left to live?

When I first heard about The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox I was really excited about it. The cover and premise sounded fabulous but what hooked me was hearing someone call it a book reminiscent of Veronica Mars, a tv show that I adored. While I enjoyed the first part of this story it quickly fizzled out for me and became just a meh sort of read. The whole mystery of who killed Charlotte seemed to drag on far longer than necessary. Or maybe it just the random false turns and red herrings that were tossed in that seemed to drag down the plot. 

There were some funny moments but more often bits of the narrative would annoy me. Like how Charlotte and her ghost detective friends would focus so much on some cheerleader’s names but then refer to others as blonde #4 or blonde #5. There was also over long descriptions of the various ghost powers that they had and a little too much focus on things that made Charlotte different from your average ghost. I like a good mystery and I don’t always mind when a book becomes a series but I do hate when there is a lot of time in one book setting up for another one. I don’t know if there will be a series to Dead Girl’s Detective Agency but there were a lot of signs that the author really wants one. Especially with how the story continued for a good while after we learned who Charlotte’s killer was. 

For me, this book was no replacement for the void that is Veronica Mars. By the end of the book I was just annoyed with all the characters and forced romance aspect of it. I never really connected with Charlotte or the other characters and am not sure I would read another book with them if this did become a series. It would have to be a pretty good hook to get me to pick it up I think. If you are looking for books that might fill that Veronica Mars void then I suggest that you look into Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday (my review) or Clarity by Kim Harrington (my review). Both are excellent mysteries and filled with lots of snarky goodness. Things that Dead Girls Detective Agency was just lacking in.

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