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Dead Letter Office (Parish Mail #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Coliloquy, LLC
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Dead Letter Office is an interesting mystery novel. Yet this is unlike most mysteries one may have read. In this book the reader helps decide the course of action for the story. For those who enjoyed the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books as a child (or even teen/adult), then this is the next step up!

Teenage Celia has just moved to New Orleans with her mother. Trying to settle in, getting to know her grandparents, finding new friends and grieving the loss of her father all at the same time. Cel
Apr 04, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Remember those old Choose Your Own Adventure Stories? They were great for an afternoon read when you were a kid. However, there wasn't any substance to the characters in those books. This book has it all. I was a tad worried when I heard this was an interactive book. Sometimes, interactive means weak story, but this is so not the case for Dead Letter Office. The book is fun and spooky. Celia has a great voice as narrator, and you feel invested in her journey. The choices were agonizing though. ...more
Silver Petticoat
Oct 21, 2013 Silver Petticoat rated it it was amazing
Romance, magic, mystery, supernatural suspense and true emotion, this urban YA book has it all…plus a little extra. Dead Letter Office, the first in The Parish Mail Series is part of a new wave of interactive fiction that gives you, the reader various options throughout the novel. In certain parts of the story different paths for the character are placed before you and you must decide what choice that character makes. This is actually my first interactive experience as a reader and I rather ...more
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Thank you to Coliloquy for sending me a copy of Dead Letter Office through NetGalley. In no way did this affect my opinion of the book.

Before starting Dead Letter Office I was quite intrigued with how the Active Fiction/Choose Your Own Adventure aspect of it was going to work. It had been a while since I'd read a CYOA (last time was probably primary school), so I was really looking forward to it. I'm only going to be reviewing for the path that I personally took,
Kayleigh Meade
Apr 04, 2013 Kayleigh Meade rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young adults
Recommended to Kayleigh by: 'Never Too Old for Y.A.' (Goodreads group)
Before I start, please note that this book was given to me free by the publisher in exchange for a review. What I have written is my honest opinion.

This is the first 'Active Fiction' e-book I've read. It gives the reader an option of the direction they want the plot to take. The last time I read a book (let alone an e-book!) in any way similar to that was when I was about 10, reading an Enid Blyton Famous Five 'red herring' book. I was therefore really intrigued as to what to expect. Would there
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
In Dead Letter Office, Celia Jane Macarty and her mother are starting over in New Orleans, the birthplace of her recently deceased father and the town where her paternal grandparents still live. In her grandparents’ backyard, Celia is immediately drawn to a tall, bone-colored tree which seems to have a natural mailbox extending from its trunk. Halloween night, weird phenomena start popping up all over New Orleans – not the least of which is a letter addressed to C.J.M. and dating from 1870 ...more
Kate (VerbVixen)
Mar 11, 2013 Kate (VerbVixen) rated it it was amazing
Do you like:
New Orleans? Ghost stories? History? Mysteries? Choose your own adventures? Stories set in high school? Magic? Swoon worthy boys? Girls with gumption?

If you replied yes to ANY of the above then you’re going to love Dead Letter Office!

The first book in the Parish Mail series throws you right in with a killer first line: The dead man smiles at me. WELL THEN why don’t we just get started, eh? Who doesn’t love a good old mystery or a ghost story. Great news: this is both! While certainly
Janae's Book Obsession
May 21, 2012 Janae's Book Obsession rated it it was amazing
I received this ebook from the publisher, Coliloquy. Coliloquy is different from other publishers and gives the reader a different experience giving you an "active fiction" experience. What might that be you ask? Well it's a new way of e-reading that lets you choose the way you want the story to head. Throughout the story you are given options where you can choose what way it goes but the reader still gets the same outcome so you aren't missing anything. It's really a fun experience and this is ...more
Rebecca T
Jan 28, 2014 Rebecca T rated it liked it
What a fun little enjoyable read. I will most likely be picking up the rest of the books in the series.

Each character was equally interesting but I feel like there wasn't enough character growth in the story. They're all sort of one-dimensional, but I assume that will change as the series moves along. I did quite like Celia as a main character though. I thought she was . I really enjoyed Tilly. I thought she was fantastic and quite badass lol. While I liked Luc, I didn't really connect with him
Stacy []
Jan 17, 2012 Stacy [] rated it really liked it
First Line: The dead man smiles at me.

Dead Letter Office takes us into the life of sixteen year old Celia Jane, who moves with her mother from San Diego, CA to New Orleans, LA after Celia's dad dies in Afghanistan. During Celia's first few days in New Orleans she finds a centuries old letter hidden in a tree in her "New Orleans royalty" grandparents back yard. The letter leads Celia, ghost-hottie Luc; witch-friend Tilly; and live-hottie & Sheriff's son Donovan on the trail to solving a moder
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Started off great, but quickly went downhill. The idea is wonderful, reminiscent of those choose-your-own-adventure books, but it falls short. The setting, New Orleans, was great, and I loved how the book even brought a ghost into play. Unfortunately the plot seemed far-fetched, and the characters were one-dimensional. Celia was all right, but the secondary characters lacked personality. A so-so read.
Jul 20, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Celia's father has passed. Her mother decided it is time for her to be closer to his side of the family, which she has never known. New school, new family, New Orleans, new ghosts?

There are minor choose your own adventure elements/options to this tale.

A descriptive narrative that is often emotional with a twist of humor characters and readers are led through various entwined turmoils and mysteries of this story.

Characters are supportive, varied, interesting, and caring.

Overall, a fun read.
Kim Baccellia
Jan 23, 2012 Kim Baccellia rated it it was amazing
Amazing read. Think Ghost Whisperer meets Veronica Mars.

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Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
May 06, 2013 Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
22%: Uh oh. I've come to my first "what happens next?" question, and I'm stumped over what to choose. After getting to know the character, I think I know what she would do. But what she does and what she really wants to do are two very different things. AGH!!! This is so, so much harder than I thought it would be.

41%: *bites nails* I'm nervous, I'm nervous! Both of these choices I could make seem like good ones. I'm really curious about both of them, but I am making my choice based on whom I wan
Sep 01, 2014 LotusFlower rated it really liked it

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This book was interesting. The format took me back to my childhood days when I adored the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I have often thought over the years how wonderful it would be
DelAnne Frazee
Feb 16, 2014 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing
Title: Dead Letter Office - The Parish Mail Series Book 1
Author: Kira Snyder
Publisher: Coliloquy
Published: 1-11-2012
ISBN: 9781937804022
Pages: 379
Genre: Young Adult
Tags: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Paranormal
Overall Rating:

Celia Jane Macarty and her mother moved to New Orleans following the death of her father in Afghanistan. She does not remember her grandparents since she and her parents have not seen each other since she was a baby. Her mother decides Celia needs to ge
Mar 26, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
My recommendation: anyone who wants to read a mystery and paranormal book with a new twist.
My review:
My copy was provided by Netgalley.
Celia never believed in magic. She was like a typical teenager and always thought in black and white. She never thought that ghosts are real and are watching over us. Yet when Celia starts getting weird dreams, everything doesn't seem as clear as it was before. Her new friends aren't really helping her stay 'normal' because Tilly is a witch and Donovan is the son
Jul 08, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I received this book from Netgalley. I have never heard of an Active Fiction Title so I wanted to try it out and see if it was something I like.

I’m still not 100% sure what it is but it’s been such a long time since I was able to read a Choose your own adventure book. I was very excited, when I was a kid they use to be my favorite and my son who is 8 is starting to read them in school. I do wish they had more choices throughout the book. I think you had to do it about 3 or 4 time.

Celia is a you
This review and others can be found on my blog She Has A Knack For It

I found this book to be a nice, fun, quick, and easy read. A few parts were a little creepy, but it wasn't a scary story. Example: Celia is in the cemetery and feels someone put a hand on her shoulder, but when she turns around no one is there.

The above description explains the basic storyline, so I won't go into that. I will tell you that I liked all of the characters in the book. Celia seemed the most developed. While I felt
Apr 18, 2013 Ambur rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, own-ebook
I don't actually read very many mysteries, but whenever I do, I remember just how awesome they are. It's kind of neat to have everything slowly unveil before you as the main character figures everything out. :D Dead Letter Office definitely did the whole mystery element well, and the fact that it is an active fiction title made it even better! Instead of being a passive reader experiencing everything as the character makes choices, you get to make the choices for them and that was fantastic!

I ma
May 25, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Dead Letter Office is an Active Fiction book which encourages reader engagement and serial storytelling. When I first started the book this frustrated me. My thought was “pick-your-path? Ah, no, thank you.” But, as I got further into the story, I actually liked it.

When Celia Jane Mccarty’s marine father is killed in Afghanistan, her whole world changes. Not only must she deal with the loss of her dad, but her mom decides they will move to New Orleans, where he grew up.
Right from the get-go, thin
This book was interesting. Like other reviewers this was my first interactive novel. I am not sure I really like it, the picking I mean. At first I thought this is amazing I love that I get to choose. But halfway through I just started thinking what am I missing by not choosing the other path. This was not helped by a couple of things that were mentioned that must have been related to another choice. However, once I finished the book I did go back and select the other options just to find out ...more
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This book is a sort of “choose your own adventure” novel. It was really fun and easy to read, but it felt less like a book and more like a game. A lot of the things I love about books (deeper characters, complex relationships, beautiful writing) was absent in this book. It was still fun an entertaining, but it felt like it was missing its heart.

The beginning is actually everything I want in a
Karyn The Pirate
CJ (Celia Jane) Macarty knew her life was never going to be the same the day she saw the two Navy officers in dress uniform got out of their car. Since that day when the officers notified her and her mother that her father was killed in Afghanistan, CJ's life has turned upside-down. She and her mother have moved from California to New Orleans to be closer to her father's family, a family CJ has never met. Now she is burying her father and starting at a new high school all in the same week. When ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I have been so impressed by Coliloquy thus far, because their books are just fantastic! And Dead Letter Office was no exception! Dead Letter Office was such a great read and I am very excited to hear more from Kira Snyder and the wonderful cast of Dead Letter Office.

The plot of this one was so unique – it wasn’t quite like anything I have read before. I loved Kira Snyder’s portrayal of ghosts, as it was very cool. Discovering what would happen next and trying to figure out what exactly
 Lianne Mei
I received this book from Coliloquy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. It was awesome to be able to interact with the book and chose what the characters would do next. If you picked the wrong choice then the killer could get away. If you didn't pick a choice than the story wouldn't make much sense because you would be missing out on the information provided before. Sometimes I couldn't chose which one to pick and I just picked a random choice. I even kep
Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm)
You can see this review and more like it on my blog, Written Permission

Many thanks to Coliloquy for sending me a review copy of this book via NetGalley!

My Opinion: What really piqued my interest about this book was the “active fiction” label. What is this so-called “active fiction”? It sounded really interesting and cutting-edge. Yeah. “Active fiction”? Choose your own adventure. I have nothing against choose your own adventure books, I used to love them as a kid. But it is not a new concept, an
Apr 14, 2013 AnathemaDevice rated it really liked it

Dead Letter Office is a refreshing and pleasant read. It was easy to fall into the world and picture the events Kira had created for us. The first thing I look for in a book is, can it keep my attention? In this case the answer is yes, and I wanted to know more! The suspense and the reveals were spread out appropriately. (One thing I can't stand is novelists constantly using reveals as a method of suspense. This doesn't happen here, thankfully).

This leads me on to the second thing I liked about
Jessica Danow
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Danow rated it liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

This book started off with great promise, but for me went downhill rather quickly. I love the idea of a young girl dealing with the loss of losing her father, and moving to a new place; however, the story began to seem extremely far fetched when the ghost started coming into play. I had trouble understanding how the person murdered now was related to the past, and that never really seemed to be explained at all. I guess you just have
Nov 13, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it

I accidentally inhaled this book. I didn't set out to read it so quick, but it was such a fun read and had plenty of twists and turns to get me hooked and kept me there.

If you liked the TV show Veronica Mars, then you will love this series. It's like a magical version.

Celia and her mother move to New Orleans after the death of her father. The story starts at the funeral and moves from there. You quickly meet all the main characters and the scene is set for the big mystery.

The story moves a br
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Kira Snyder is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her television work includes the Syfy Channel shows ALPHAS and EUREKA and the People’s Choice Award-
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