Friday, May 8, 2009
Dead is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez
Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom- shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case! There’s a gorgeous new guy at Nightshade High: Duke Sherrad, a fortune-teller claiming to have descended from Gypsies. Even though she’s psychic herself, Daisy is skeptical of Duke’s powers. But when a teacher who was the subject of one of his predictions ends up dead, she begins to wonder if Duke is the real deal after all. Maybe if Daisy can track down the teacher’s killer, she can find out the truth. The only trouble is, all signs point to the murderer being of the furry persuasion. Is Daisy any match for a werewolf? Maybe she is . . . in more ways than she bargained for!
This is the second book in this series. It follows Dead is the New Black, which I reviewed here. I really liked the first book and I liked this one as well, although maybe not quite as much. It was still a quick, fun read, but the mystery in this one wasn't nearly as interesting to me.
I still love all of the characters though, especially Daisy and her sisters Poppy and Rose. They are so great together. The dialogue is quick and snappy and the town of Nightshade is filled with the most incredibly interesting people. I just want to go hang out at Slim's Diner for awhile and see what the jukebox has to tell me.
Even though this one didn't capture me quite as much as the first book, I'm still looking forward to book three, Dead is So Last Year , and to everything else Marlene Perez writes. She has a fresh, interesting voice that I truly enjoy reading.
By the way, I saw Star Trek last night and loved it. I highly recommend it even if you aren't a die hard Trekkie. It was just a lot of fun seeing this young cast re imagine a classic. And....Simon Pegg.