Dead Time: The Murder Notebooks

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Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! When Rose is a random witness to a murder, she is shocked and saddened. But the crime had nothing to do with her. Or so she thinks. Until she witnesses another one A stylish crime thriller that grips from the first page. Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then Rose and Josh's world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle.

Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller that is the start of a stylish new series from an acclaimed writer for teens. About the Author Anne Cassidy lives in Essex.

However, these kids go beyond looking for clues the grown-ups have missed into full blown willfully hiding events and clues from police who are actually doing a good job. I know this will make me sound crotchety and all, but I can't even count how many times I said to myself while reading, "For the love of A lot.

Very big lies. I like my amateur detectives to be smart and work for their answers, not have them handed or emailed to them. The Good: - Cassidy set up a complex system of inter-related characters with different means, motive, and opportunity to have killed Ricky. I genuinely wondered who would pan out as the murderer.

I like at least a little resolution within my mysteries! I care about the answers. I want to know what happens next. This review also appears at Chronicles of a Book Evangelist ; a review copy was provided by the publisher. Book One of a new young adult mystery series, Dead Time is set in London featuring common law step siblings Rose and Joshua. Five years ago, Rose's mother and Josh's went out to dinner and never returned.

Separated, Rose and Joshua have had little contact in that time but now Josh is in London attending university where Rose lives with her grandmother and attends college but renewing their relationship is proving complicated. While Rose accepted the official explanation for her mothers death, Jo Book One of a new young adult mystery series, Dead Time is set in London featuring common law step siblings Rose and Joshua.

While Rose accepted the official explanation for her mothers death, Josh has never stopped trying to trace their last movements and his continued investigation opens old wounds for Rose. When Rose unknowingly witnesses the murder of a college classmate she becomes embroiled in a mystery that only deepens when another murder occurs.

Lacking confidence in the police after her own experiences Rose is determined to find the killer of her classmates, only to discover a link to the mystery of her own parents disappearance. Tagged The Murder Files, Dead Time features two murders in which Rose becomes involved first as a witness and then as an amateur sleuth as she grows frustrated with the lack of progress by police. I really liked how Cassidy handled these two separate but related cases, there are interesting misdirects and twists that are credible and they resolve satisfactorily.

With the help of Joshua and his flat mate Skeggsie, Rose slowly puts the pieces together to solve the murder of Emma but not without making some foolish mistakes that may allow the murderer to get away with it. The fate of Kathy, Rose's mother, and Brendan, Joshua's father will obviously be the mystery that runs through the series.

It's an interesting one and some progress is made throughout the book but its clear there won't be answers any time soon. While I thought the plot of Dead Time strong and intriguing, I am not very fond of Rose and it impacted on my enjoyment of the novel. Her history affords he some leeway but her manner is abrupt, she is antagonist towards everyone and I had to keep reminding myself she is seventeen because her behaviour is more like a petulant and spoiled fourteen year old.

I wasn't entirely convinced that Rose would care enough to involve herself in Emma's murder and her choice to not share major evidence with the police was frustrating.

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Though Rose does suffer some consequences for her decision, which I was glad of, when she chose to do the same thing a second time I lost patience with her. Luckily I found Joshua much more likeable, he is far more easygoing than Rose, despite his obsession with his fathers disappearance. I hope that he has a larger role in upcoming sequels. Josh's flatmate Skeggsie also is a surprisingly strong character. I liked that he refused to put up with Rose's attitude and that he has a practical and supportive role throughout the story rather than be relegated to a convenience.

Apart from the likes of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, I don't remember any young adult mysteries being available when I was a teenager so I appreciate that the mystery genre is finding a place in today's market. While I didn't enjoy Dead Time as much as I hoped, mainly because of Rose's abrasive character, the series does have potential and I hope Anne Cassidy builds it successfully. Apr 22, Amber at Fall Into Books rated it it was ok. 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, t This book was another Mara Dyer for me. 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.


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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. 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. As I stated, I may check the next installment out from the library first to see how I feel about it. Overall, I'd recommend this book to lovers of mystery. I'd also recommend checking it out from the library first to make sure this book is for you. If you don't mind really open-ended cliffhangers for endings, then you should like this book just fine. Mar 13, Kim rated it did not like it.

I was really excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be fantastic. Disappearing parents and a couple of murders thrown on the side. I was told notebooks were going to be found that might point to Rose and Joshua step-siblings desperate to find their missing parents stumbling on a secret disappearance that could put their lives in danger.

Well, the only danger I saw to their lives was that Rose was an idiot I was really excited to read this book.

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Well, the only danger I saw to their lives was that Rose was an idiot who kept jumping into dangerous situations and yelling at people when they told her she was stupid, reckless and irresponsible because she thought she was smarter than she actually was. Rose was the biggest disappointment in this book. She couldn't quite make up her mind about whether she wanted to find her parents or not. Every time Joshua told her he found a new lead, she'd basically bite his head off for thinking they could possibly uncover something and to trust the police - I wonder why she didn't follow her own advice?

Rose was witness to two murders, pretty much the main focus of the novel - not the search for missing parents. But not satisfied with the police investigating the murders, she has to get involved herself. I think I would have liked this a whole lot more if she wasn't digging up graves to find evidence and withholding information because she didn't think the police would do a good enough job with it all - and the she'd get offended when the police told her she should really stop being an 'amateur Nancy Drew' because she was contaminating evidence and destroying any hope of actually solving the murders.

I was interested in the search for the missing parents and I thought Joshua had a more sound plight than attempting to solve random murders, but then he went all crazy-stupid at the end and started to protect a murderer, so he lost my respect. I bought the sequel at the same time as this one, but I don't think I'll be reading it any time soon.

View all 4 comments. Oct 26, Suspense Magazine added it. Cassidy has penned over thirty books during her career and her latest series follows two teenagers, Rose Smith and Joshua Johnson. Nothing is heard of them again and the two are sent to live with different relatives. Five years later, Rose and Joshua are due to meet up, having not seen each other since that fateful night. As Rose waits in a train station heading to their rendezvous, she is harassed by a boy from her college who has constantly made her life a misery. He finally walks away only to be stabbed and killed on the railway bridge in full view of Rose.

She sees the attack, but it occurs too far away for her to identify the assailant. As Rose is dragged into the mystery of the murder investigation, she and Joshua also begin to believe they may have found clues to the disappearance of their parents. Rose is as feisty and stubborn as Joshua is thoughtful and melancholy, which makes for good conflict.

As in all good YA books, Cassidy fills her story with teenage awkwardness and simmering emotions. Any young adult fan reading this will certainly not feel they have spent any dead time with this author. Premise is interesting but writing was a bit flat. With such a premise, by right, I should be kept right on the edge of the seat, wanting to know what will happen next but I didn't feel the strong urge to do so as I do for some other books. That being said, it was still interesting enough for me to keep reading.

Clearly first book of The Murder Notebooks series, this book acted as an ok stepping stone to the next book. Unfortunately, I had accidentally read the last line of this book so the ending was spoiled for me. Nonetheless, I'm still curious how it will play out in the next book. For those who are coming in for the romance, there's not really much of it here. However, for the mystery wise, I like how the characters are proactive, sleuthing instead of waiting things to happen to them.

However, Rose can be a little dumb at times in terms of her way of handling. The author knows that too and arranged where Rose was reprimanded for her silly actions. Overall, this is a good book if you want to pass some time. My curiosity is piqued enough to read the next book when it comes out. Though I do expect the characters and the premise to be further explore with some revelation done in the next book. Review by Madison Rose is a witness to a brutal attack on one of her classmates and is unwillingly dragged into the whole messy business. The 5 years since their parents went missing.

Rose finds herself wondering if the recent events are some how connected to Joshua's investigation into the disappearance of their parents.

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When Rose is witness to another attack; she quickly realises that she has to take action to end i Review by Madison Rose is a witness to a brutal attack on one of her classmates and is unwillingly dragged into the whole messy business. When Rose is witness to another attack; she quickly realises that she has to take action to end it, asking the questions that have been lurking at the back of her mind in order to unravel the mystery hanging over both herself and Joshua.

I have to be honest and say when I first started reading this book I wasn't really sure if I was gong to enjoy it; but I was pleasantly surprised. The book held an air of tension throughout with some fast paced action in places.

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The murderer wasn't at all obvious and I will admit that it was only when the identity was revealed that all the pieces clicked into place. Rose is initially unlike-able, she wasn't friendly or interested in socialising but as I got to know her better within the narrative I found myself warming to her. Mysteries and unanswered questions remain at the end of this book. I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series. Jul 23, Laura added it. This is the 1st book in The Murder Notebooks series. I can't say that I enjoyed it all that much, but the plot was very compelling.

The main character, Rose, is sent to live with her grandmother after her mother and her mom's boyfriend disappear after a dinner date. She still feels a powerful attraction to her almost-stepbrother Josh and makes efforts to connect with him again now that she's 17 and back from the boarding school her grandmother sent her to after the event. Rose is an impulsive cha This is the 1st book in The Murder Notebooks series. Rose is an impulsive character and not very likeable.

She is a loner who appreciates the acts of kindness of some of her new classmates. She makes a HUGE mistake while attempting to solve 2 murders of her peers and almost single-handedly insures that the killer won't be charged. Having said this, the plot is pretty good and the book has a cliff-hanger ending. I enjoyed that and might try the 2nd book in the series. Recommended to YA readers with the reservation that the British vernacular might be a challenge.

Apr 06, Ally rated it liked it Shelves: kindle , netgalley , young-adult , imports , fiction , series , mysteries.

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As a librarian, the most-requested genre in my young adult collection is mystery. My patrons love it and can't get enough. So I jumped at the chance to read this one.

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Set in modern London, Rose's mother and stepfather disappeared without a trace five years ago. She hasn't been quite the same since, and she hasn't seen her beloved stepbrother Joshua in all of that time, either. Finally, finally, they're going to reunite, and maybe make some sense of what happened to their parents. But before that As a librarian, the most-requested genre in my young adult collection is mystery. But before that can happen, Rose witnesses the murder of two of her classmates. Rose and Joshua are likeable characters, prickly and guarded in some ways, but given their backstory, that's understandable.

The mystery moves along quickly and is interspersed by Joshua's ardent search for anything involving their parents' disappearance. The only frustrating thing is that many questions are left unanswered. With the help of Joshua and his flat mate Skeggsie, Rose slowly puts the pieces together to solve the murder of Emma but not without making some foolish mistakes that may allow the murderer to get away with it.

While I thought the plot of Dead Time strong and intriguing, I am not very fond of Rose and it impacted on my enjoyment of the novel. Her history affords he some leeway but her manner is abrupt, she is antagonist towards everyone and I had to keep reminding myself she is seventeen because her behaviour is more like a petulant and spoiled fourteen year old.

Though Rose does suffer some consequences for her decision, which I was glad of, when she chose to do the same thing a second time I lost patience with her.


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  8. Luckily I found Joshua much more likeable, he is far more easygoing than Rose, despite his obsession with his fathers disappearance. I hope that he has a larger role in upcoming sequels. GoodReads Synopsis: When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. My Thoughts: This book was different…not quite sure how to describe it. Rose is stuck dealing with the murders of two classmates. Because she is the seemingly common denominator in both cases, she feels reluctantly forced into finding answers.

    While Rose has moved on, Joshua has not. Joshua has and is doing anything and everything to find any hint of what happened to Brendan and Kathy. So, we, the reader, are stuck in the midst of 3 mysteries. One is solved and closed by the police, one is not, and there are clues pointing toward the trail of the third.

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    This book has a lot going on, least of which is romance! But the references, above, to romance are a bit misleading. Plus the seeming interest of a couple of other characters in Rose. We learn so little about Rose and Joshua. Joshua was able to contact Rose when he moved to London, why not sooner?


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