Review: Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates

Review: Dial Em for Murder by Marni BatesDial Em for Murder by Marni Bates
Published by Merit Press on November 4th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Format: Ebook
Source: Library
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three-half-stars

Sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers was just trying to write a halfway decent romance novel when a senile old man mumbled a cryptic warning, tackled her to the ground in the middle of Starbucks, and...died right on top of her.

Unfortunately for Emmy, the incident wasn't quite as random as she thought, and it turns out that the old man might have taken a bullet for her. Not only that, he slipped something into her pocket: a digital tablet containing secrets that she has no idea how to unlock, but that others are ready to kill for. Thrust into a world where nothing is as it seems, Emmy must try to track down her absentee father, deal with a flirtatious bad boy who may or may not be on her side, and, oh yeah, stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school. The old man's parting advice to "trust nobody" doesn't sound so crazy after all....

Although I started this blog when I was primarily reading YA, over the last couple years, it’s become much more of a adult romance blog. However, I am an eclectic reader, and I definitely wanted to read Marni Bates’ newest YA novel, Dial Em for Murder, because I’ve always had a fun time reading her books. While it isn’t extraordinary, Dial Em for Murder was exactly what I was hoping for.

What I Liked:

  • Emmy is the absolute star of this novel. I fell so in love with Emmy right from the start (which is pretty typical for a Marni Bates’ novel).
  • Emmy is a 16-year old girl, and she wants to write a romance novel. Seriously, her love of romance novels just made me love Emmy all the more.
  • Marni Bates does such a wonderful job with characters and dialogue, which I just loved.
  • I also just loved how close Emmy was to her best friend. I never, ever get sick of stories were women have close friendships. And Emmy and her BFF (I can’t remember her name at the moment), are close, and I love how they help each other out.
  • I was definitely intrigued to hear more about Emmy’s father.
  • That ending was totally a cliff hanger, and will definitely having me read the next in the series.

What I Struggled With:

  • The actually mystery/suspense aspect of Dial Em for Murder wasn’t amazing. It wasn’t bad, but it was perfect either. It is the main thing that I think needed work, and it was a big one. That said, the amazing characters and dialogue did make up a lot, in my opinion.

Final Thoughts

Marni Bates always seems to write books write up my alley. I loved the humor, the characters and the dialogue in Dial Em for Murder, even though the suspense wasn’t spot on.

three-half-stars

9 Responses to “Review: Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates”

  1. Nick

    I’ve read a couple of books by her and I’ve loved them! This sounds like a fun read and I love the sound of Emma. Too bad about the mystery though. I’ll have to pick it up! 🙂
    Great review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think if you’ve really liked Bates’ previous books, you will definitely like this. The romance isn’t as front and center, but it’s such a fun book. It’s also a really quick read.

  2. Sophia Rose

    Definitely fun that she’s into writing and that she gets to have her own murder mystery. Hopefully, the next book’s mystery will be more the thing.

  3. verushka

    This is such a cool premise! I am totally a mystery junkie first, but I can’t help me drawn in by the characters here. Great review!

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    The title already drew me in (Hitchcock reference FTW!) but if the mystery is not solid I feel like I would be a little disappointed. I’m curious to read a Marni Bates book though – does she write a lot of mysteries?

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