Sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers was just trying to write a halfway decent romance novel when a senile old man mumbled a cryptic warning, tackled her to the ground in the middle of Starbucks, and...died right on top of her.
Unfortunately for Emmy, the incident wasn't quite as random as she thought, and it turns out that the old man might have taken a bullet for her. Not only that, he slipped something into her pocket: a digital tablet containing secrets that she has no idea how to unlock, but that others are ready to kill for. Thrust into a world where nothing is as it seems, Emmy must try to track down her absentee father, deal with a flirtatious bad boy who may or may not be on her side, and, oh yeah, stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school. The old man's parting advice to "trust nobody" doesn't sound so crazy after all....
"Bates weaves a fast-paced, heart-in-throat thriller!" Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I'm Lying and Trust Me, I'm Trouble
"Dial Em for Murder kept me upwith all the lights onlong past my bedtime." Tracy Deebs, author of Doomed and The Tempest series, and coauthor of The Hero Agenda series
"Marni Bates's Dial Em for Murder has it all: quirky humor, pulse-quickening action, and a sassy heroine you'll love."Emily McKay, author of The Farm series
"A funny and engaging read that will keep you guessing." Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc.
About the Author
Marni Bates was first published at age nineteen, when her autobiography, Marni, was selected for the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 list. Her first series, Awkward/Decked with Holly/Notable/Invisible/Awkwardly Ever After (Kensington Teen), has been optioned by the Disney Channel and translated into several languages. You can read more about Marni at marnibates.com and twitter.com/MarniBates.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
DIAL EM FOR MURDER was fast, fun, snarky, and suspenseful. It is set up for a sequel. However, the publisher, F&W Media, sold its imprint Merit Press to Simon & Schuster shortly after author Marni Bates' release. The mystery now is whether Simon Pulse/S&S will reprint the Merit Press backlist as paperbacks, and, in the this case, published the sequel readers are waiting for. I bought this book from Barnes & Noble.
Sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers dreams of becoming a published author. Her latest attempt at a romance novel is proving troublesome when an old man latches onto her at Starbucks. The man seems to know Emmy and refuses to leave her alone. He also slips a tablet device into her pocket as he tackles her. Then he dies. Still sprawled on top of Emmy. Turns out the whole thing is more than an extremely unlucky moment in an otherwise ordinary day. The tablet, locked with a password Emmy can't figure out, contains dangerous secrets. Information someone might even kill to get. Emmy will have to find the father she's never met, deal with a bad boy who may or may not be an ally, negotiate complicated feelings for her long-time best friend, and avoid the killers who are still hunting her down. At least Emmy will have lots of material for her next novel in Dial Em for Murder (2016) by Marni Bates. While Emmy comes across as a bit brassier than her sixteen years would suggest, she is a fun heroine who is easily swept along in the myriad conspiracies and spy games that seem to surround her as she tries to make sense of recent events and unlock the mysterious tablet. Dial Em for Murder is a fast-paced mystery filled with action and adventure. Although it is currently a standalone, the ending (and its lack of closure on several fronts) suggests that readers can expect further installments. Sure to appeal to fans of Ally Carter and other spy-centric adventures. Possible Pairings: All Fall Down by Ally Carter, Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel, Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud, Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty, I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan