Dead Is a State of Mind
By Marlene Perez
(Graphia, Paperback, 9780152062101, 192pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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A creepy, campy new mystery series
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!
Marlene Perez is the author of seven books in the Dead Is Series, in including Dead Is The New Black, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She lives in Orange County, California.Visit her website at www.marleneperez.com.
"Hot on the heels of Dead Is the New Black (2008) comes another quick, lively romp through Nightshade USA, where a variety of preternaturals, paranormals, and regular folks coexist in continually tenuous accord. Caught somewhere between them all is Daisy Giordano, equal parts psychic, amateur detective, and teenage girl. Romance and murder are again high on Daisy’s list of priorities. New boyfriend Ryan is acting truly bizarre. Is he in love with her, or isn’t he? Will he ask her to the prom? Then there’s the strange death of a local high-school teacher. Did a werewolf do the deed? Add to that two new classmates: hottie Elise Wilder, who seems to have her eye on Ryan, and handsome fortune-teller Duke Sherrad, who wants Daisy for himself. Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here." Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist Online