- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 700 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374302278
- ISBN-13: 978-0374302276
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead Investigation Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In this sequel to Dead Connection (Roaring Brook, 2006), Murray, a clairvoyant who sees and talks to the dead, finds himself in the middle of yet another murder mystery. He's still not sure about his gift. He worries that society will think he is crazy and want to lock him up. Pearl and her father, Janochek, believe in Murray's gift and are willing to assist the teen. Detective Roman Gates knows he needs Murray, too, but will the teen seer help the detective solve a new string of murders? Readers are kept on the edge of their seats from the very first line to the last in this heart-pounding work; Price is masterful in the art of building and maintaining suspense. Though this novel easily stands alone, teens who enjoyed the first books will love discovering what Murray sees and hears this time around. VERDICT A must-have for any YA mystery collection.—Paula Bonifer, Pendleton Public Library, Pendleton, OR
“Readers are kept on the edge of their seats from the very first line to the last in this heart-pounding work; Price is masterful in the art of building and maintaining suspense. Though this novel easily stands alone, teens who enjoyed the first books will love discovering what Murray sees and hears this time around. A must-have for any YA mystery collection.” ―School Library Journal
“Gumshoe detective work sprinkled with a heavy dose of the paranormal. Strange, yes, but it works.” ―Booklist
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Top customer reviews
Well that's what happened to me :)
I feel Mr. Price has written a decent thriller with some spooky moments. I truly could not live in the cemetery, no way, but kuddos to Murray for living in the graveyard lawn mower shed.
On the inside cover jacket it states that this book is a Stand-Alone, but I strongly disagree! Numerous times throughout the book it is mentioned about Murray's previous adventures in Mr. Price's book, 'Dead Connection', and that kept me from being able to really connect with the characters. I was always saying to myself, "What are they talking about?" I highly recommend for people to read 'Dead Connection' first and then read 'Dead Investigation'. I wish I had!
Now to answer my hubby's questions...
1. Will I read the first book 'Dead Connection? YES! After all the darn talk about it in 'Dead Investigation' I have to.
2. If Mr. Price writes a third book in the series will you read it? Heck YES, because us readers are left with 2 major cliffhangers in 'Dead Investigation', and I NEED answers Charlie Price!!!!!!!
In closing, I am glad I checked this book out. By the way, the cover is epic. Love it. If you stare at the doorway you feel like you could step right through it and into the cemetery.
Murray is a high school senior who lives in a cemetery and can talk to the dead. He is staying in the equipment shed after leaving the home of his prostitute mother. Murray believes that the dead people he talks to in the cemetery are his only friends but he fears that being able to talk to them means that he is mentally ill. Murry does have a couple of living friends too. Pearl and her father Janochek also live in the cemetery. Janochek is the caretaker.
Deputy Roman Gates is an investigator for the local sheriff's office and is the second viewpoint character. Gates is dealing with a gambling addiction which caused him to be jailed and to lose his job. Now, reinstated but at a lower rank, he is trying to rebuild his life. He is also feeling guilty about the suicide death of his only child.
Gates and Murray met before in a previous case. This time Gates is investigating the disappearances of a number of homeless people from the local area. He is also investigating the disappearance of a young man whose father is the CEO of Trask Engineering.
When Murray begins hearing voices outside the cemetery walls, he first tries to ignore them. He doesn't want any publicity or any more suspicion from the police if he reports more bodies. Pearl wants to investigate though. And finally Janochek convinces Murray to contact Gates.
Lots of action, excitement and danger happen before the case is solved. My one quibble with this mystery is its classification as YA. Since at least half of it is told from the viewpoint of 40-ish Deputy Gates, I wonder if it will appeal to YA readers.
Fans of mysteries and characters with strange powers will find this one entertaining. Fans of the first book will definitely want to read this one to find out what happens in Murray and Pearl's lives.