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The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time Hardcover – May 22, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Murder Notebooks
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723512
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mystery is easy to follow, and the thorny relationship between Rose and her critical socialite grandmother and the renewed and supportive relationship between the teens are well-drawn. Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden MI. Cassidy has a good track record for thrillers Daily Mail 20120608

About the Author

ANNE CASSIDY is also the author of Looking for J.J. Acclaimed in the UK for her hardhitting teen novels based on "ripped from the headlines" stories, Anne worked as a teacher for nineteen years before becoming a writer. www.annecassidy.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fall Into Books on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was another Mara Dyer for me. I read the whole thing, and at the end, I didn't feel like a single question had been answered. I know this is the start of a series, but when authors do this, it makes me not want to continue a series. The main plot didn't seem to advance at all. I felt like I ran in a giant circle for a few hours. Not fun. At least answer the major question posed by the book, you know? It's frustrating, and it turns readers off. It turned this reader off, anyway. Also, the use of British colloquial phrases threw me since I'm not British. It's best to keep the colloquialisms to a minimum when writing a novel if you plan on having an international audience. Furthermore, I really didn't like Rose. She just wasn't that bright, and that bothered me. It's hard for me to get into a book when I don't like the main character.

There were things I liked about this book, however. First off, the characters were well-developed, even if some of them weren't likable *coughRosecough*. Furthermore, the mystery kept me intrigued even if the plot didn't really advance. It was a suspenseful read, and I couldn't put the book down until I finished. The pacing was pretty spot on, and the book didn't drag in many places. The idea is a bit unique and intriguing. I feel that this series has a lot of potential, and I *may* check out the next book from the library just to see what happens next, if I get over my bitterness about the inconclusive ending by then. Also, there were two sub-plots, and the author did an excellent job of keeping everything straight. But I don't feel like we advanced any with Josh and Rose's relationship, either.

Basically, I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement in this book, but the series does have potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arlena on July 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Author: Anne Cassidy
Published By: Walker and Company
Age Recommend: YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4

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"Dead Time" by Anne Cassidy was a good YA mystery series 'The Murder Notebooks #1 .....setting in London that was during the common law marriages...bringing to life... the siblings.... Rose who was 12 and her step brother Joshua was 14. Rose's mother and Joshua's father went out to dinner and simply never returned. What happened to them? Rose and Joshua separate and then later after Joshua attends the university where Rose now 17 lives with her grandmother. They are now trying to form a relationship that proves to have become complicated. Roses has excepted what the officials had said of her mothers death but Joshua hasn't and continues to investigate which causes problems for Rose. On top of this Rose witness another murder and she takes off to find the killer her her classmate not knowing that there would be a lick to the disappearance of her parents. Now this mystery takes off and this is where I say You must pick up "Dead Time" to see how this will all turn out. I found it quite interesting read and I did like the third person narrative that helped keep things quite a mystery. The characters were all really interesting... especially Henry and Skeggsie.

If you are looking for some mystery, intrigue and danger you have come to the right place..."Dead Time" will give you all of this and I would recommend this novel to you as a good YA read.
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By y. budenberg on July 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am not a young adult, so my view may not be the same as theirs. I enjoyed the book and liked the writing style.

The main female character is reserved and aloof and if you met her in real life, she would be like one of the characters you meet in life that you don't have any reason to dislike but she is not particularly likeable. It would be hard to know her or relate to her. However, she has lost her mother and there is never any mention of a dad. She is living with her grandmother-not really unlike herself-very self-contained. What is there to be happy about?
She is obviously intelligent and heading for university after some years in a very good boarding school. But in this book, she is attending a local school with quite a lot of less-privileged problem kids.

I found the mystery intriguing and the story and characters hold your interest-her step-brother and his nerdy and gifted room-mate as well as the self-absorbed and more ordinary kids at her new school.

The setting is London and that kept my interest too.
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By Geoff, OR on February 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought this was well crafted. It had a straightforward plot, following a single character, but it was only at the end that I realised that there were further books in the series: I will probably never know what happened...
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