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The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Review: "Dead Time" by Anne Cassidy was a good YA my

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"Dead Time" by Anne Cassidy was a good YA mystery series 'The Murder Notebooks #1 .....setting in London that was during the common law marriages...bringing to life... the siblings.... Rose who was 12 and her step brother Joshua was 14. Rose's mot...
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"Dead Time" by Anne Cassidy was a good YA mystery series 'The Murder Notebooks #1 .....setting in London that was during the common law marriages...bringing to life... the siblings.... Rose who was 12 and her step brother Joshua was 14. Rose's mother and Joshua's father went out to dinner and simply never returned. What happened to them? Rose and Joshua separate and then later after Joshua attends the university where Rose now 17 lives with her grandmother. They are now trying to form a relationship that proves to have become complicated. Roses has excepted what the officials had said of her mothers death but Joshua hasn't and continues to investigate which causes problems for Rose.
On top of this Rose witness another murder and she takes off to find the killer her her classmate not knowing that there would be a lick to the disappearance of her parents. Now this mystery takes off and this is where I say You must pick up "Dead Time" to see how this will all turn out. I found it quite interesting read and I did like the third person narrative that helped keep things quite a mystery. The characters were all really interesting... especially Henry and Skeggsie.




If you are looking for some mystery, intrigue and danger you have come to the right place..."Dead Time" will give you all of this and I would recommend this novel to you as a good YA read.

posted by arlenadean on July 18, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Not the best mystery

This book was another Mara Dyer for me. I read the whole thing, and at the end, I didn't feel like a single question had been answered. I know this is the start of a series, but when authors do this, it makes me not want to continue a series. The main plot didn't seem t...
This book was another Mara Dyer for me. I read the whole thing, and at the end, I didn't feel like a single question had been answered. I know this is the start of a series, but when authors do this, it makes me not want to continue a series. The main plot didn't seem to advance at all. I felt like I ran in a giant circle for a few hours. Not fun. At least answer the major question posed by the book, you know? It's frustrating, and it turns readers off. It turned this reader off, anyway. Also, the use of British colloquial phrases threw me since I'm not British. It's best to keep the colloquialisms to a minimum when writing a novel if you plan on having an international audience. Furthermore, I really didn't like Rose. She just wasn't that bright, and that bothered me. It's hard for me to get into a book when I don't like the main character.


There were things I liked about this book, however. First off, the characters were well-developed, even if some of them weren't likable *coughRosecough*. Furthermore, the mystery kept me intrigued even if the plot didn't really advance. It was a suspenseful read, and I couldn't put the book down until I finished. The pacing was pretty spot on, and the book didn't drag in many places. The idea is a bit unique and intriguing. I feel that this series has a lot of potential, and I *may* check out the next book from the library just to see what happens next, if I get over my bitterness about the inconclusive ending by then. Also, there were two sub-plots, and the author did an excellent job of keeping everything straight. But I don't feel like we advanced any with Josh and Rose's relationship, either.


Basically, I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement in this book, but the series does have potential. As I stated, I may check the next installment out from the library first to see how I feel about it. Overall, I'd recommend this book to lovers of mystery. I'd also recommend checking it out from the library first to make sure this book is for you. If you don't mind really open-ended cliffhangers for endings, then you should like this book just fine.

posted by Falln2books on May 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Amazing

    There really needs to be a second one. This book is amazing. I couldn't put it down. I want to just keep reading it over and over again. But really there has to be a second one. I need to know what happens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Good

    Tjis nook ia bery good book!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Great book

    Wonderful

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly recommended series

    I enjoyed this book a lot and planned to read the series. I was disappointed that not all the books are available as e-books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 28, 2013

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