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The Dead Girls Detective Agency

(Dead Girls Detective Agency #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,343 ratings  ·  205 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
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth Drake
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-books, ghosts
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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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a cute but interesting read. I didn't guess who done it, because I think it had an interesting twist that you wouldn't necessarily see coming.

The only thing I grumbled at was Charlotte's reaction to the living. I don't think she had a right to be mad....

But the detective agency was interesting, their rules for the living vs the dead and what they could do were fun to read. all in all, I enjoyed it.
shady boots
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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 circumstances─usually murder─find 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
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Theresa ♫
Sep 21, 2012 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
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Nancy Drew" meets "Pretty Little Liars" in this fun, frothy debut - here's hoping it's a series! ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Lottie Eve
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 develo
Christy LoveOfBooks
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Catie Brutvan
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Mar 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
This sounds right up my street! Can't wait for it to come out, and I will be counting the days for sure! (: ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved it!I loved how the author wrote it. I couldn't put it down! ...more
François Thurston
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was an ok read. Not amazing but also not terrible.

3 CON's:

1) The references to actors, shows, films, singers, bands and songs. - Ok, so if a book references some famed 'thing' normally I don't mind as it's done maybe once or twice. This book was LITTERED with these references. From Jack (Titanic) to Edward & Bella (Twighlight) to Leonardo Di Caprio (in a seperate reference from the earlier 'Jack' one) to Robert Pattinson (in a seperate reference from the earlier 'Edward & Bella' one).
old account (rl)
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
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
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF I think the last percentage was 17%. I really tried to finish this one. I really wanted to like it.
I found out about this book when I stumbled on the show (on Snapchat and YouTube) and quite liked it. The bare bones of that and this are similar. Teen gets pushed of a train platform wakes up in a mysterious ghost hotel, with the title group.
While I expected major differences between the show and this...I thought that the book would be better. The book is always better, right? Unfortunately,
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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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