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A month after solving her first murder (and almost getting killed in the process), Maggie Johnson and her soul brother Serge Popov are hoping for some peace and quiet to figure out…well, everything. But the dead wait for no one. Especially a dead guy like Kent Thomas. He was every parent’s dream, the kind of good kid who excelled at school, and never caused trouble. And he was the kind of guy all the guys liked. Add in a hot factor that made him every girl’s fantasy, and he was the least likely person to be murdered. So who tossed him off a cliff?

Maggie’s determined to find the killer but if she’s not careful, she’ll end up just like the soul she’s trying to save.

SELECTION, The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Fall 2016
SELECTION – Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards Short List

“Deen is able to make this mixture of the paranormal and mystery genres work beautifully … Natasha Deen has left some tantalizing clues at the end of the book, suggesting that there may well be a sequel to Guardian and Gatekeeper. Readers can only hope this will happen and that there will be more novels to challenge and interest so many fans – whether of horror, paranormal or mystery – and keep them happily reading” – Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

“I’ve always thought Norah McClintock was the queen of YA crime fiction but I think Natasha Deen has developed into a princess of YA paranormal murder mysteries.  With her multifaceted plotlines and great, great characters who are neither perfect nor surreal (though they may be otherworldly), Natasha Deen has become one of my go-to YACanLit authors for spooky whodunits with a smidgen of romance.  Consider them the young adult equivalent of Scooby-Doo: fun sleuthing with the ever-helpful Maggie and Serge and the gang.” — CanLit for Little Canadians

 

Praise for Guardian:

SELECTION, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2015
SELECTION, The Sunburst Award, Spring 2015
SELECTION, The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Spring 2015

“a great hybrid of horror and mystery (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Veronica Mars), with oodles of potential for humour and terror – and Deen gets the most out of both.” — Quill & Quire
“Any novel which has what appears to be a dead body in the trunk of the protagonist’s car on the very first page is bound to be a page-turner … this mix of mystery and fantasy in Guardian is unusual, perhaps, but effective. Highly recommended.” — CM Magazine

Guardian is at its heart a murder mystery, albeit a paranormal one, and a superb one at that” — CanLit For Little Canadians

“certainly a recommended read for those interesting in young adult/paranormal fictions.” — Asian American Literature Fans

 

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