• Pretty Dead Queens

  • By: Alexa Donne
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Pretty Dead Queens

By: Alexa Donne
Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
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Publisher's summary

The new homecoming queen is dead . . . and she's not the first unsolved murder at Seaview High. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop YA thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killer, and the teen who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

"Utterly savage."–Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us

"Hand this fast-paced thriller filled with plenty of twists and drama to fans of Holly Jackson or Karen M. McManus."—SLJ

A 2023 Edgar Award Nominee!

After the death of her mom (screw cancer), seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town . . . until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.

With a copycat killer on the loose, Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

©2022 Alexa Donne (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"An intricately plotted whodunit that maintains suspense to the end.”–Kirkus Reviews

"Donne sets up an irresistible premise for mystery lovers, blending toxic family legacies, small-town secrets, and true-crime culture into a twisty tale."–Booklist

"Sharp as a knife and utterly savage, Pretty Dead Queens has an ending that will shock even the most astute mystery buffs."–Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us