Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday – REVIEW

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Release Date: October 11th, 2011
HarperCollins, 303 Pages
Sub-genre: Mystery
Source: Bought for Kindle
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Deadly Cool #1
Recommended by: Wendy Darling

Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name.

But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.

Poor Hartley! Her boyfriend cheated on her and now he wants her to help clear his name?! UHH, let’s just say she’s a lot nicer than I would have been!

WHERE has this sub-genre been hiding! Murder Mystery with not a speck of paranormal or supernatural to be found. Hartley is a modern day Nancy Drew (I thought this before it’s actually said in the book!). And she’s sarcastic, witty, funny, and she is trying to prove her cheating ex-boyfriend is innocent so you know she’s a nice girl.

I’ve been looking for a book like this for a while. I devoured it and loved playing Who Done It along with Hartley, CHASE (baddd boyyy), and Sam. I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel, Social Suicide, which comes out in April.

PS – I know vegans are stereotypically “weird” and “hippy”, but I would love to see a book where “vegan mother” is not synonymous with “kooky”. (I’m vegan and hopefully not as kooky as vegans come off in books) Oh, also! Soy cheese is not vegan kosher, as it has Casein in it.

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