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The Dead Girls Detective Agency (Dead Girls Detective Agency #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  823 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Pop quiz: What would you do if you had to solve your own murder to get anywhere in death?

Maybe if I hadn't slept through my alarm, slammed into Kristin (my high school's reigning mean girl) or stepped in a puddle, destroying my mom's new suede DVF boots (which I borrowed without asking), I wouldn't have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I wouldn't have been pu
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by HarperTeen
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I don’t have much to say about The Dead Girls Detective Agency, and the hardest reviews to write are for the books I don’t have much to say for.

The Dead Girls Detective Agency is about a girl named Charlotte, who, one day, is murdered, being pushed onto a train track. As a teenager who was murdered, Charlotte is immediately brought into The Dead Girls Detective Agency. Her purpose in The Dead Girls Detective Agency is to find her killer, and, in doing so, go to heaven.

I picked up this book bec
As kind of gimmicky stories go, The Dead Girls Detective Agency is just the right mix of hilariously entertaining ghost caper and sassy investigative whodunit. Suzy Cox sure has a knack for writing appealing, snarky sleuths who can poke fun at their own deaths, but, at the end of the day, still get across that it is nevertheless a murder investigation. I don’t even think I cared about the problems with having dead people investigate their own murders, starting with, well, they’re dead, because, ...more
I LOVED IT!!!! I don't get why there are so many 1-3 star reviews...seriously. Okay, so just for the records, I'm a 13 year old girl (almost 14) and I really liked this book.

Charlotte dies unexpectedly when she 'trips' into the subway track just as the F train is coming by. Then she awakes in Hotel Atessa and is informed that she has died and she's now a ghost, but that she didn't trip and that someone pushed her-on purpose, and that's why she wasn't immediately transferred to the other side, l
Elizabeth Drake
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Cover Impressions: This cover feels very contemporary fiction to me. There is nothing about the cover image that feels supernatural and only the title hints at the paranormal elements that are crucial to the story. I do not feel this one would stand out on a shelf.

The Gist: Having been pushed in front of a subway, Charlotte wakes to find herself in a swanky hotel and in the company of the Dead Girls Detective Agency. Together they mus
I have to say, first and foremost, The Dead Girls Detective Agency was a fun, fun book. Kind of surprising since all of the lead characters are dead, that is, murdered, teens. Teens who are stuck in "holding" until they solve their murders.

The story begins with the death of Charlotte. Charlotte was pushed off a subway platform to her death. Poor thing. Charlotte is greeted, post death, by Nancy, Lorna and Tess. The three teen ghosts, who aren't ready, or can't, move on, have formed the Dead Gir
Overall I enjoyed this book. But I had to take it for what it is, a light hearted book aimed at teenagers. If I tried to take it too seriously I would have become disappointed. It was a fun read the story line kept me guessing. I had no clue as to who the murderer was, and how could I? I liked the rules that were laid down and how they banded together to solve murders. But if it was me and I had died, I honestly do not think that would be my reaction. Tess goes to show that bitterness and resent ...more
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There's nothing like a fluffy and hilarious read to boost my mood.

The Attesa hotel is a place where teens in the New York City area who have died in mysterious circumstancesusually murderfind themselves ending up in. There, they need to figure out who exactly killed them and therefore obtaining a Key that they'll have to use to unlock the Big Red Door that will allow them to pass on to the next life. When Charlotte Feldman e
Although I’m repeating myself. I am not a big fan of Ghost Stories, however this synopsis totally grabbed me and I was eager to dig into this mystery/ghost story… and I wasn’t disappointed!

Charlotte – suddenly dead. But how?!
It was easy to get hooked right from the start. Charlotte’s voice was light and had the perfect amount of humor to make me smile despite the fact that she just died! Truly, Charlotte was a great main character I loved her witty personality and her eagerness to make the bes
I traded for this book in hopes of getting a quick, hilarious read with an interesting concept. Well, the read is quick...the book has a very interesting and unique concept...but the plot felt flat and I don't have many things I enjoyed. In my opinion, the hardest type of review to write is one for a book you really didn't like. I sit here wanting to be honest with you, but it's hard to highlight the positive points without dwelling on the negatives. So I'm going to try to make this a simpler r ...more
Lottie Eve
This book was okay… that’s it.The Dead Girls Detective Agency could have been really good if not for a few flaws that really bothered me.

The characters were all stereotypes and when I say everyone I mean everyone even the characters that do not even play a big role in the story. I admit Nancy and Lorna were fun characters and I did enjoy reading about them even though they did not have any character development or much depth. Tess(the mean girl) is my second favorite character as she had develop
Theresa ♫
Sep 21, 2012 Theresa ♫ marked it as curious

Ohhhhhhhh-kay, that seems interesting. The blurb . . . kinda attracted me in.
I mean the blurb had voice!!

Look, I'm SOOOOO tired of overly dramatic blurbs that go something like

Princess Shaloobaloo is a very beautiful pretty-pretty princess. One day, on an adventure to the magical kingdom, she meets a beautiful prince. But the prince has a dark secret, and no one knows it. It's Princess Shaloobaloo's job to stalk the prince to find out! But what will
The Dead Girls Detective Agency looked good, but i quickly realized it was aimed at the younger side of YA.

The characters were all really annoying, so i didn't like any of them.
They all tried really hard to be funny, but everything they said just made me cringe.

The character that i hated the most was Charlotte.
She wouldn't shut up about her boyfriend in the beginning, even though she mentioned not long before that she hated those kind of girls. She still went on about him throughout the story,
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Charlotte is dead, but who pushed her?

I thought this would be good. It wasn’t.

The characters in this were all pretty annoying. They were juvenile, they cared more about shoes than catching killers, and why on earth so many people liked the conceited ape that was David I do not know!

The storyline was also pretty juvenile, and I just could not get into it. I was bored, the things people said were cringe-worthy, and getting to the end was just torture.
The romance
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
I have seen The Dead Girls Detective Agency around on the blogosphere but never got a chance to read it. I got a copy sent to me from the publisher to read both books in the series as part of the blog tour, and I got to it as soon as possible. The idea of The Dead Girls Detective Agency sounded interesting, and I wondered how this would work, how would a ghost solve their murder?

The whole learning curve on how to be a ghost isn't as easy as Charlotte or myself expected, and there is the whole 'Y
"Nancy Drew" meets "Pretty Little Liars" in this fun, frothy debut - here's hoping it's a series!
Rachel Lightwood
2.5 stars

The Dead Girls Detective Agency promises for a gripping murder mystery with some ghostly and pathetically girly fun yet all we got was the pathetically girl part. Where was the clue solving? The detecting? All that fun tracking-the-killer-from-beyond-the-grave stuff? I know it was in there somewhere but I guess it was just piled beneath all the cheesy and overdramatic boy drama and twelvie nonsense. I have to say that I am really disappointed that this wasn't as good as it could have be
This one started out pretty good, but the last third of the book just went further and further downhill. The conclusion of the murder they were solving was, in my opinion, absurd and then there was a few lines at the end that made me roll my eyes.

The entire book is about a young, murdered, teen trying to solve her murder as a ghost so she can get her "key" to a door that leads to the afterlife. Until she does this she is stuck in limbo. So at the end, when of course the murder is solved, she has
I liked The Dead Girls Detective Agency. It was entertaining. A few things though. The main character, Charlotte doesn't seem too? Pressed? For lack of a better word to find out who killed her. Granted the mind of a teenage girl (even in the afterlife) maybe wouldn't stray to far from her boyfriend. BUT, if said boyfriend wasn't letting your seat in chemistry get cold before he started hooking up with "not his type" cheerleaders (plural) after you are murdered... Maybe you'd see the more urgent ...more
Maliha Khan
I read this book cause it reminded me of Randy Russell's Dead Rules. It was similar with the girl uncovering her murder and the guy seeming mysterious and dangerous.

But it was enjoyable in the sense that these girls team up to help newbie ghosts, and the murderer was totally a surprise. (view spoiler) No way.

I disliked David's part in it. Why did the author think it was a good idea for
I knew I had to read The Dead Girls Detective Agency as soon as I saw the cute, but slightly creepy (look at the hands) cover and read the blurb. Teen ghost girls solving a murders? Yes, please. I was expecting some fun and clever shenanigans. Did it deliver? Not so much. It actually took me almost a month to finish it because I fell asleep every time I read it. I’m not even joking. At the same time though, I did like it a little. Just a little.

Charlotte is sixteen and dead. Someone pushed her i
In this humorous chick lit, Charlotte is an ordinary girl with an ordinary boyfriend. Except when she wakes up dead in a hotel surrounded by two girls who claim to be dead as well. More than a little freaked out and overwhelmed, Charlotte goes through her first couple days in a daze, not quite believing what she hears but following orders anyway. Then, finally, something snaps, and Charlotte remembers the shove on her back as she stood waiting for the T train. Now she's on the hunt for her murde ...more
This is definitely a fun read! I found the plot line intriguing and compelling, and enjoyed the way that the book kept me guessing without being too far-fetched - well, yes, I realise that a dead girl trying to track down her own murderer is a little beyond the realms of reality, but in terms of the relationships and the reactions of Charlotte, the main character, I found it very convincing.

When Charlotte comes round after being pushed onto the subway track, she understandably cannot believe wh
It's been a few years since I was a teenager, but I have a question: are teens today really that obsessed with fashion, to the point that they know tons of different designers just by looking at an article of clothing? Is this something that just happens in New York City? I'm really not sure, but I felt like this portion of the story was pretty unrealistic. I wouldn't know a Gucci if it hit me in the face, even though I read at least a few issues of Cosmopolitan every year, and I don't know anyo ...more
Amber at Fall Into Books
The Dead Girls Detective Agency is supposed to be cute, funny, and lighthearted, but it just wasn't for me. I felt like this book was intended for more of a pre-teen audience than young adult. Because of that, it was hard to stay focused on this book. It didn't hold my interest very well, and the characters were a bit immature and flat for my liking. People who like books for the younger teen audience should enjoy it, though!

The narrator, Charlotte, was extremely annoying. She was a stereotypica
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For a book about being dead, The Dead Girl’s Detective Agency sure is funny. Charlotte’s voice is awesome. I just want to hang out with her and talk about everything under the sun. But Charlotte’s a little busy, of course- solving her own murder. With a hook like that, I was sold.

Now, obviously, the plot would have to live up to my expectations. Did it? (Just look at the stars at the top of page.)

It’s a tall order to write a book about a girl who recently finds out she’s dead and keep it from b
Alexandra Florence
I liked the concept of this novel, ghosts searching for their murderers in New York City, however I felt that the story was centred far too much on Charlotte loving her ex-boyfriend. The protagonist Charlotte's obsession with her love for her ex-boyfriend, which led her to the idea of a beyond the grave love affair, was irritating. Suzy Cox repeatedly highlighted the teen love, which created Charlotte as a winey character. Unsurprisingly, the annoying character of Charlotte created a book that w ...more
First thoughts in the first chapter? Fuck. This is going to be horrible.
Luckily, the strange and admittedly anticipating plot line had me hooked despite the poor and bland writing. The ideas that turned up in this novel were fun, admittedly BUT I'M SUPER PISSED THAT THEY CAN'T FLY. WHY ARE FLYING GHOSTS ILLOGICAL? MURDERED GHOSTS TRYING TO FIND THEIR KILLER TO GET INTO THE AFTERLIFE IS WHAT'S ILLOGICAL HERE, NOT THE FLYNG. AND PORTING? SERIOUSLY? T_T NO.

But otherwise this book was fun and suitab
Sarah Miles
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one at first, but I was really into it as it went on. Charlotte, a high school student who's got this boyfriend she's madly in love with, dies by subway. Everything just goes black, and the next thing she knows, she's at this ghost hotel with people looking at her, informing her that she's dead, stuck in limbo for murdered teens, and isn't going to be able to move on unless they solve her murder. It's not quite as simple as anyone would like. The police ...more
Alyce Hunt
We start 'The Dead Girl's Detective Agency' with Charlotte Feldman, a girl who has just been murdered by being pushed under a train on the subway. She wakes up in the Hotel Atessa, a mid-way point for murdered teenagers to solve their murders before they can move on to the other side (whether that be Heaven, Hell or reincarnation we don't actually know). Charlotte meets the other residents of Hotel Atessa: Nancy, the nerdy one, Lorna, the ditzy blonde obsessed with clothes, and Tess, the moody o ...more
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“There must have been a real mess on the tracks,’ Lorna said, ‘They shut down the F train line for a whole two hours for you. Two hours! And in rush hour!’
My final achievement. Man, I hoped Mom was getting that put on my gravestone. Here lies Charlotte Feldman. She pissed off commuters. A lot.”
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