Dead is Just a Rumor
by Marlene Perez
- VOYA Coding: 4Q4P J
- Lexile Level: HL580L
- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Graphia; 1 edition (August 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547345925
Daisy and her friends are excited to celebrate Nightshade’s 200th anniversary this Halloween, but more than just party planning is afoot in their supernatural little burg. With graduation looming and her recently returned father watching her every move, Daisy has enough going on, but when she wins cooking lessons with renown chef and new Nightshade resident Circe Silvertongue, she cannot turn down this opportunity of a lifetime. But when some of the supernatural residents begin to receive distinctive blackmail messages, Daisy must make time to get to the bottom of the mystery before it is too late.
In this installment of the series, Daisy and the quirky residents of Nightshade are as delightful as always. The addition of the slimy, snarky Circe and her intriguing pig are pitch-perfect and readers will delight in loving to hate the celebrity chef along with everyone else she encounters. Daisy’s love of cooking– used throughout the earlier works– is incorporated nicely and adds a fun spin on the tale. With her relationship with Ryan heating up and the future breathing down her neck, Daisy has the new and added strain of an overprotective father. After being missing for several years due to the Scourge, the Giordano patriarch is glad to be home, even if feeling comfortable in his former home is still a struggle. While the household learns to adapt to a new parental figure, certain mysteries regarding his disappearance still remain and no one is certain whom they can trust. While the magic remains, the return of Mr. Giordano is definitely a complication for both the family and the storytelling, but Perez manages to keep the pace and tone just right and there are many surprises in store for the reader. Amazingly, the author also manages to juggle all of these many storylines while keeping the work short, sweet, and utterly engaging.
With Daisy’s impending graduation, one wonders what may be in the future for the series…..