My second book of the week was much more successful, albeit a little disappointing. I picked up Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates because it promised to be humorous with a dark undertone of murder mystery.
“Humor and mayhem ensue when a teen girl gets caught up in the death of a hi-tech hitman and must try to stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school.” ~Goodreads
I was hooked within the first few hilarious pages. It isn’t every day that a 17-year-old girl gets tackled by an elderly gentleman in a New York City Starbucks only to have him die while he lays on top of her covered in coffee. The ridiculousness of the scene was comical and her inner dialogue was fabulous. However, afterward, the rabbit hole that the story fell down was less comical and more annoying.
Making the main character, Emmy, a natural writer was great. It gave her character’s inner dialogue purpose. However, the plot of this story was all over the place. There was sarcastic adolescent humor but the plausibility of the pace of the story and the backdrop itself was a little too much for me. Clearly, this book is meant to be the first in a series but there wasn’t enough info to hook me in enough to want to keep reading. The story didn’t really gain momentum until the last 30 pages or so, but it ended too abruptly. There were too many unanswered subplots/character quirks to give the reader enough buy in to keep this series alive.
Goodreads has rated this book a 3 out of 5. I would give it a 2 out of 5.