Dead Time by Anne Cassidy

Dead Time

Written by Anne Cassidy

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May 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning Anne Cassidy grips her readers in this thrilling crime novel. Everywhere she turns, Rose’s life seems to be haunted by disaster. Her mother has been missing for five years after mysteriously vanishing with her partner. Now, following a new start at a new college, two murders take place and Rose is right there when they happen. Reunited with Joshua, her almost step-brother, Rose sets out to solve all the mysteries. It’s a thrilling unravelling with some clever twists.


Dead Time by Anne Cassidy

Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then their world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents?

A taut and pacy thriller that is the first of four books in stylish new Murder Notebooks series. Anne Cassidy is an acclaimed writer for teens and the award-winning author of Looking for JJ.


The mystery is easy to follow, and the thorny relationship between Rose and her critical socialite grandmother and the renewed and supportive relationship between the teens are well-drawn. Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden MI. Cassidy has a good track record for thrillers Daily Mail

About the Author

Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award.

As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from 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's 'Ten things I want you to know about me'

I was one of the first people in the country to have plastic surgery on the NHS. I had my ears pinned back. When I came out of the operating theatre my whole head was bandaged up and my mum said she thought I’d had brain surgery.

I went to a girl’s convent high school. My best friends were the most important people in my life. Sometimes they went off with someone else and it broke my heart. I always took them back. I had no pride.

I wore the shortest mini skirts that I could find. I also wore wigs and false eyelashes and thigh length boots. I was tacky.

My son never reads any of my books. Even though he’s a character in a lot of them. He prefers to read real life stuff about the Mafia.

My husband reads all of my books. He says he likes them but he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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368 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

10th May 2012




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