Friday, August 26, 2016

Death by Diploma (Chalkboard Outlines #1) by Kelley Kaye, Kelley Kay Bowles

Paperback, 250 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC 
Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

My Thoughts…

Death by Diploma is a humorous mystery about two women who work together as teachers and then become detectives to solve a murder that happen in their school.    There were so many times that I laughed out loud wondering if they were going to be caught sneaking around the school, entering (not breaking) into houses, or whatever jinx they were up to.  

Kelley Kaye knew exactly which way to send the reader to lead them off the path to a new and great adventure.   I usually try to solve the mystery but with this book I followed the path the author was sending me down.    The mystery was eventually solved and the secrets revealed but I am so glad that I didn’t really take guesses.   

This is the first book in the Chalkboard Outlines series and I am looking forward to more.    The teachers, the staff, the parents, and the coaches are great even if some of them are way over the top.   
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What readers & reviewers are saying about Death by Diploma:

“If you like puzzles, and you’re a fan of clever, literate problem solvers, this one’s for you!”

--Matthew J. Pallamary
               Author of Spirit Matters and Land Without Evil

“This entertaining romp down memory lane comes complete with stereotypical faculty, students, apt quotes from Shakespeare, and baddies enough to please any lover of the American Cozy.”
  --Frederick Ramsay
Author of The Ike Schwartz Mysteries

    The Jerusalem Mysteries

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