Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 Liked: 1) Nearly the whole book, all of our characters are ghosts. I never stopped to think about how uninhibited a cast full of ghosts can be. They can "port" or move from one location to the next instantaneously. No messy cabs, cars, or subways. It was fun to trek along with these MCs because they were able to do things that the Living can't do. 2) Solving crimes! Crime-solving shows are my favorite to watch, so I loved getting to read along as Nancy, Lorna, Tess, and Charlotte (first person narrator) were working to solve Charlotte's murder. That's the whole idea, that in order for her to get out of "Limbo" - which is more like a high-end hotel - she has to solve her murder and receive her key. That was what made this whole thing so interesting. 3) The Mean Girls. It kind of surprised me, but these were girls I loved to hate. They just kind of swooped in after Charlotte died, making them the obvious suspects. 4) Edison. I didn't really comprehend him as hostile, more like, lost, in a sweet way. Well, you have to dig deep to find the sweet part, but it was pretty obvious that he was using his tough guy exterior to hide his pain. All that aside (as well as him being a ghost), he was a hottie!
What I Didn't Like: 1) Well, the ending kind of came out of left field. We had been working up to this ending, solving her case the whole time, and when it came it felt random. Out of all the suspects...this person was probably the least likely. Also, does anyone know if this book is going to have a sequel? I hope so.
Overall Thoughts: The Dead Girl Detective Agency was a light-hearted ghost story that managed to fall just shy of slapstick. I'm always afraid that when a ghost story doesn't choose the horror route, they become slapstick, but this one didn't. It was just good fun. Like, Casper. Yes, this is the Casper of ghost books! The characters all complement each other well, and their cause, solving the murders of teen ghosts, is admirable, and one they take seriously. The ending was...unexpected and a little random but it left an opening for another book. It is an easy read that many will enjoy curling up with on a Fall evening!
My Rating: 4 candy corns
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