5 Facts about Sydney Farina, the sleuth of Dead Messages

Meet the Main Character: Sydney Farina

Sherlock Holmes. Nancy Drew. Miss Marple. A mystery novel is nothing without a good sleuth.

Sydney Farina, the protagonist of Dead Messages, is nothing like the detectives above. In fact, she compares herself to the bumbling inspector from The Pink Panther because she has no clue what she’s doing.

Since Dead Messages comes out next week, let’s meet the main character. Here are five facts about Sydney Farina.

She’s a pessimist

Sydney isn’t just a “glass half empty” type of person. She’s more “the glass is half empty and the remainder is probably poisoned.” Of course her on-again-off-again boyfriend is an insensitive flake. Of course her job sucks. What else would you expect?

That being said, there’s expecting the worse, and then there’s coming into work to find a dead body. Sydney’s pessimistic outlook doesn’t quite prepare her for murder.

Her favorite flavor is double chocolate

And since she works at a bakery, it’s hard not to snack on it all the time. Double chocolate cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies–the list goes on. She loves baking and would love her job if her overbearing boss didn’t make it miserable.

She doesn’t know her natural hair color

Dirty blond? Light brown? Something like that. She’s been dying it ever since she graduated high school and didn’t have to worry about dress code policies banning unnatural hair colors. She could be going gray for all she knows, but her hair is currently vibrant blue.

She’s a middle child

Her younger sister, Alex, lives nearby in the small town of Beaverfield, Michigan, while her older sister, Savannah, moved away. I’m sure neither of them will be involved in murder cases in future books in the series. 😉

She texts dead people

When Sydney gets the first text message from her murdered boss, she thinks it’s a bad joke. Only later does she accept the truth and agree to help find her boss’s killer. You’d think having a direct signal to the murder victim would help you solve the crime…

But you’d be wrong.


Dead Messages comes out on January 14th. Pre-order it now for just 99¢!

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Published by Kristen Brand

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she'd want telekinesis so she wouldn't have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she's not writing, she's usually reading novels or comic books. Icon by @heckosart.

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