The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
GENRE: YA Paranormal
When I hear that fans of Mega Cabot would love this new Young Adult series, I was excited to dig into this ghostly world. Though I found this book pushing a little too much towards cute, I enjoyed the mystery and the world of the ghost very exciting.
The Dead Girls Detective Agency follows Charlotte a young girl who has just been pushed in front of a train and is now a ghost. She immediately wakes up to find another young girl who explains that she is dead and that those who had unexplained deaths remain in this world until they solve what happened. Thus introduced Nancy, Lorna and Tess that are fellow teens who are trying to find out about their deaths as well. Together they try to help Charlotte solve her murder and learn that even those closest to her had a lot of big secrets.
Charlotte, for a young teen that has recently been killed, she takes being a ghost with a lot more ease then I would. She’s a sweet girl, average among her classmates and was dating one of the hottest boys in school. I really enjoyed going behind the scene of her life with the other Dead Girls to see how her “friends” and “enemies” really thought of her. Even as a ghost there are many rules she must follow and she even learns that she possess some ghostly abilities.
David, the boy Charlotte thought was her soul mate had an interesting twist to his good boy persona. T his guy turns out to be a total loser and jerk, not long after her death does he attract every girl in school. He takes the attention and pretty much Charlotte sees whom he really is and that she’s not missing out on anything anymore.
The Dead Girls of the Agency, Nancy, Lorna and Tess, were fantastic secondary characters and I’m curious to learn more about what happened to them. We do get some insight on Tess, who is the “mean” girl of the group. But over all they made for some humorous scene and great pals to Charlotte. Each girl is hoping to one day find their key, that opens the “BIG” red door to their possible afterlife. A lot is unknown about what really happens behind those doors.
There is also an outsider to the group and his name is Edison. He is the supposed “love interest” of Charlotte and the ultimate bad boy. For me I didn’t really care for him as a character and so far the romance isn’t much discussed. But I think that may be because this book was more to introduce Charlotte. He has some connection to Tess, which made me curious to his death as well.
Overall the ending was a little too fast, it’s a pretty long book but we get some major juicy parts at the end that introduce what might be happening in the next book. This is a book that has a lighter mood for such a usually dark topic, but I thought it was a fun mystery story that had great characters and a unique take on the ghost world.
This is a paranormal mystery with lots of fluff and a bit of romance. I would of given this book 4 stars but not being able to like the love interest bothered me a bit and I felt it was a little too much fluff. Fans of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series and Tara Hudson’s Hereafter series will enjoy Suzy Cox’s The Dead Girls Detective Agency.
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