Book Review: Dead Is Just A Rumor by Marlene Perez



Publish Date:
August 23, 2010

From Publisher for Review

Trade Paperback

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As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its two hundredth anniversary – on Halloween, of course – many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find who is behind the threats. But launching an investigation isn’t easy for Daisy with her overprotective father watching her every move. Though she’s happy to have him back after the years he spent being held captive by an anti-paranormal group called the Scourge, Dad is having a difficult time adjusting to home life – and the fact that his little girl is now a senior in high school. He even disapproves of Daisy’s boyfriend, Ryan.

Ryan, meanwhile, to Daisy’s dismay, has been considering some faraway colleges thanks to the advice of Nightshade High’s new guidance counselor. Can their relationship take the strain?

And Daisy’s got even more on her plate: A talented amateur cook, she has won cooking lessons with celebrity chef Circe Silvertongue. After nosing around (with a little help from Circe’s pet pig), Daisy begins to suspect that the temperamental chef has got more secrets than just her ingredients…

Review: I've never read any of the other books in this series, but this is a great stand-alone book, too. Daisy comes from a family of psychics and the town of Nightshade is full of other paranormals - werewolves, shifters, witches, too. It's Halloween time and also the 200th anniversary of the town itself - so this is a big deal! Daisy's helping out her friends set up for the party, trying to ease her overprotective father's worries, deal with a snoopy school counselor, and take cooking lessons from a celebrity chef. She doesn't have the time to deal with nasty slurs being written about her and blackmail letters people have been receiving, but she has to in order to save her town.

I think this is a great book and the cast of characters are outrageous and easy to relate to. I love Daisy's irreverent sense of humor and how she manages to come out smelling like a rose after the mystery has been solved and the bad guys captured. This is a hip, funny, and engaging look at life in a small and weird town and  its strange inhabitants.

Dead Is...Series: Dead Is The New Black (1), Dead Is A State Of Mind (2), Dead Is So Last Year (3), Dead Is Just A Rumor (4), Dead Is Not An Option (5), Dead Is A Battlefield (6), Dead Is A Killer Tune (7)


  1. Thanks for this review. This is a new series to me, too, but it sounds great--sort of Buffy-esque. I'm a bit of a sucker for small-town tales!

  2. I didn't know I could read this book without reading the others from this series. I think I'll read it for Halloween!


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