Dead Time is the first of four books in The Murder Notebooks series by Anne Cassidy, the award winning author of Looking for JJ. This edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the story of teenagers Rose and Joshua, who are bound together by the mysterious disappearance of their parents.
Rose's mother and Joshua's father went out for dinner one night and never returned. Several years later, police investigations have turned up nothing but dead ends and Rose has given up hope of ever learning what happened to them. But when she is reunited with Joshua she discovers that he has been doing some investigating of his own. At the same time, Rose finds herself mixed up in a murder hunt after she witnesses the killing of two of her college classmates. Can there be a connection to their parents' case?
As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne's books often comes from one of the many news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says 'People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in a modern liberal society which abhors the death penalty yet we soak up murder stories in print and on television. So I asked myself the question is it ever right to murder? Are there any circumstances that make murder the preferable option?'
Anne Cassidy lives in Essex, UK. She was a teacher for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. She has published over twenty teen novels and is best known for the Booktrust Teenage Book Award winner Looking for JJ, which was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and the Carnegie Medal. Dead Time is Anne's first book for Bloomsbury.
The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time
Author: Anne Cassidy