The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time

The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time

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by Anne Cassidy

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When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London. She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she only lived with briefly and who was also relocated after their parents’ disappearance. When Rose and Joshua meet again, they


When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London. She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she only lived with briefly and who was also relocated after their parents’ disappearance. When Rose and Joshua meet again, they find they have much in common, including a desire to uncover the mystery surrounding their parents’ disappearance . . . and a mutual attraction to each other. But when Rose witnesses the murders of not one but two of her classmates, she must uncover who is behind these violent crimes. And when she and Joshua discover that a much larger conspiracy is underway, both of their lives will be in danger. From international bestseller Anne Cassidy, this first in a fastpaced and romantic new mystery series will keep readers guessing.

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VOYA - Aarene Storms
Rose has lived with her unfriendly grandmother in a posh London neighborhood for nearly five years, since her mother and her stepfather went out for dinner and disappeared without a trace. She has been out of touch with her stepbrother, Joshua, most of that time, but recently he contacted her, saying that he is still looking for clues about the mysterious disappearance. Together, Rose and Joshua dig back into the old mystery, and discover that two recent murders witnessed by Rose might be linked to a larger conspiracy, which apparently will be revealed in another book. Are Rose and Joshua romantically attracted? Are the mysterious blue-butterfly tattoos a clue? Is Joshua's friend, Skeggsie, involved with the conspiracy, or is he a victim of it—or is he an innocent bystander? This novel is raises many questions and provides almost no answers at all, making it a frustrating read with very little action or character development. Lovers of murder mysteries will not appreciate the lack of clues or closure, and readers who enjoy conspiracy tales will not see hints of that plot line until very late in the book. This is not a necessary purchase. Reviewer: Aarene Storms
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Five years ago Rose lost her mother, her stepfather, her stepbrother and her familiar, happy life. Forced to live with her grandmother, who immediately shipped her off to boarding school, she finally has a chance at getting a bit of her lost life back when Josh, her stepbrother, begins to email her. But Rose's life is immediately pushed off kilter when she is witness to the murder of a classmate and then suspected of being responsible for the death of another classmate. Rose is swept up in a series of events that she does not understand and cannot find a way to avoid. But as Rose grows closer to Josh, she begins to realize that she might have a chance at getting a bit of her early life back as she and Josh work together to discover what happened to their parents. Cassidy presents a familiar tale of little girl lost, searching for her mother and something resembling the happy childhood that she lost. The only unusual thing about the novel is the setting, London, which will appeal to American girls. The novel is the first in the "Murder Notebooks" series and hopefully the following installments will provide a more intriguing mystery. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—At 17, Rose Smith still wonders what happened to her mom and stepdad, who disappeared when she was 12. She lives in London with her grandmother, and her stepbrother, Joshua Jackson, has just come there to study and lives with an uncle. One evening, Rose runs into her tormenter, Ricky Harris, who insults her and is murdered minutes later. After the investigation is underway, Rose goes to meet a friend, but she has been killed as well. With two mysterious deaths and Rose's missing parents, the stage is set for a fast-paced mystery. With the help of Josh's friend, Skeggsie, a hacker wiz, the two murders are solved, and the outcome will keep readers guessing. But is there a connection between the murders and the disappearance of Rose and Josh's parents? Readers will have to wait for the next installment to find out. The mystery is easy to follow, and the thorny relationship between Rose and her critical, socialite grandmother and the renewed and supportive relationship between the teens are well drawn.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A bumpy series opener takes readers to modern London. After a disastrous year at boarding school, 17-year-old Rose Smith has transferred to a dodgy local high school in London. The disappearance of her mother and mother's boyfriend five years earlier has landed her with her posh grandmother, who forbids her to see the boyfriend's son, Joshua. Just as Rose and Joshua reconnect, Rose's classmates start turning up dead, and she can't resist the temptation to investigate on her own, even when it puts her in danger. Meanwhile, Joshua draws Rose closer in his own pursuit of the truth about their parents' disappearance, leading Rose to struggle with conflicting feelings that will resonate with readers of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Rose's thorny personality--several characters tell her that she's hard to like--is only partially mitigated by stiff, third-person glimpses into her personality. In clipped sentences, this formulaic mystery supplies the usual panoply of suspects and red herrings. The plot is awkwardly elliptical; crucial historical details are withheld from readers until nearly halfway through the tale, and repeated allusions to a devastating betrayal at boarding school are never explained. As the first installment in the Murder Notebooks series, the tale leaves most questions still unanswered. For murder-mystery fans, there is enough suspense to keep the pages turning, but this story is not likely to convert teens to the genre. (Mystery. 12 & up)

Product Details

Walker & Company
Publication date:
Murder Notebooks Series
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.20(d)
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

ANNE CASSIDY is also the author of Looking for J.J. Acclaimed in the UK for her hardhitting teen novels based on "ripped from the headlines" stories, Anne worked as a teacher for nineteen years before becoming a writer.

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The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not too well eritten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tjis nook ia bery good book!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will not need to read as review confusing enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it was in first-person point of view•~•
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thegirlintheglasses More than 1 year ago
the book wasn't that great, but maybe that's because i had really high expectations for something that loooks as creative and cool as this one did. however, it was a fast read that i recommend if you want to pass time by reading (and you've gone through your chick lit)
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Kayceesmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I forgot to mention that it seemed like the author thought not enough people would want to read her book and threw in some teen trending topics that had no place in the story. I understand that life isn't planned, but I think novels should be. Colossal disappointment. Go get a John Green book. They're at least worth your while.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "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.