Dead Is a State of Mind

Dead Is a State of Mind

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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!
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 175 pages
  • 124 x 170 x 15mm | 159g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0152062106
  • 9780152062101
  • 26,885

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Praise for the Dead Is series

"[Perez] delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist . . . this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."--Publishers Weekly

"A fun ride from start to finish. Perez's smart and sassy style soars."--Mary E. Pearson, author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles

"[A] quick, lively romp. . . . Teens looking for a breezy read will find plenty to like here."--Booklist

"This super supernatural murder mystery is sassy, romantic, and spooky-fun!"--Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize

"Light romance and a paranormal plot are more tongue-in-cheek than scary, making this series a good introduction to the genre for younger readers."--Booklist

"Breezy style and comic-book plot. . . . Fun."--Kirkus
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Rating details

5,921 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 46% (2,714)
4 29% (1,697)
3 20% (1,207)
2 4% (253)
1 1% (50)

Our customer reviews

Daisy Giordano is back for another installment of Nightshade, CA, weirdness. This time, a beloved teacher has been murdered - and it looks like a werewolf is to blame. To top off everything else, a new and handsome student named Duke Sherrad moves into town proclaiming to be a fortune teller descended from Gypsies. Daisy doesn't believe he is authentic and hopes to prove he is a fraud. She suspects he is connected to the teacher's death in some way and works with her sisters to solve the case. Daisy's relationship with Ryan is put to the test and Poppy finds love in a very strange place. All of this takes place while Daisy is in charge of planning the Prom's After Party. DEAD IS A STATE OF MIND is just as enjoyable as the first book in the series, DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK. While you will probably enjoy this story if you were to pick it up first, it would be better if you had the back-story from the previous book. Also, be sure to look for the third in the series, DEAD IS SO LAST more
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