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The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday
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Dec 18, 2011

it was ok
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Read from December 18 to 21, 2011

The Dead Kid Detective Agency tells the story of a 13-year old lonely girl who accidentally raise the ghosts of five kids who had died mysteriously. After the death of her beloved French teacher, October (yes, that's the girl's name) recruits the ghosts' help to find out what really happened.

The plotline is OK for young readers, but rather predictable to more experienced fans of the paranormal genre. The narrator talks to the reader, adding quite a bit of witty and sarcastic comments. There are lots of of references to past and present celebrities and factoids, some of which is rather obscure to anytone living outside Canada.

There two points which spoiled the book for me. One is the number of similarities it shares with Gaiman's The Graveyard Book: The setting, the premise of solving a murder, the protagonist's ability to see and talk to ghosts. The other is the constant change of narrator: mostly it's an omnipresent witness of events, supposedly the author, but then we are told the story by October herself. It would be understandable if these voices differed in their viewpoints, but that does not happen.

All in all, it is an enjoyable book, perfect for a rainy afternoon when our lazy brains refuse to understand complicated plots.
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