Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Dial 'M' for Morna (The Dead Kid Detective Agency #2) by Evan Munday

Dial M for Morna (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #2)
Title: Dial 'M' for Morna

Series: The Dead Kid Detective Agency #2

Previous book in this series: The Dead Kid Detective Agency

Author: Evan Munday

Publication date: October 1st, 2013

Published by: ECW Press

Source: The publishers via Netgalley (thank you!)

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As the Dead Kid Detective Agency embarks on its second (mis)adventure, October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back, turning over metaphoric rocks and finding the centipedes underneath. In this latest volume, set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium, they discover dark supernatural forces at work in Sticksville and sleuth their way through a mystery involving a blizzard of suffragettes, ice skating disasters, anti-Asian sentiment, and the Titanic. Although the holiday season has descended upon the town like an eggnog rainstorm, October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her two living friends’ new roles as high school radio DJs, and mysteries to be solved before the year end. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of those responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914—or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail—when Yumi becomes the target of a sinister harassment campaign at school. Solving dual concurrent mysteries at once won’t be easy, but the intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge.

My rating: ★★★★☆

In "Dial 'M' For Morna," we've got a double mystery for The Dead Kid Detective Agency! First we try to find out who killed Morna. Second, October, Yumi, and Stacey are victims of a hate crime, and the question is... Who dunit? And oh my gods, there is a connection between both mysteries, believe it or not! It really surprised me.

I thought it was a very fun read, very appropriate for kids of MG and up. Our leading lady October is great... very funny with all her sarcastic remarks! She is also very loyal to her ghostly friends and so very caring for her sick dad. Speaking of which, there are two very strong subjects in the book that are important: bullying and depression. Just thought I'd point that out.

I also loved the supporting characters... Yumi, Stacey (we find out something very interesting about him!!), and of course, all the ghosties!

The story itself was mysterious (duh), suspenseful, adventurous, and so very funny! It had a lot of history stuff, which is not really my thing, but I gotta admit that it was very interesting!

And I know I mentioned this before, but I absolutely love how the narrator speaks directly to us the readers :)

I highly recommend this series to those who like mysteries, ghosts, and just a fun read!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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