Death By Diploma – Kelley Kaye
We’ve established that I’m not a chick-lit kind of girl. It took me awhile to figure this out, but it is a definite thing. Perhaps the pink cover should have tipped me off, but I started reading this story thinking it was just a murder mystery. However, it is a chick-lit murder mystery, something I realized rather quickly after cracking the story open.
Now since we have determined chick-lit is not my genre, I will go on to say that this story was still enjoyable regardless of my personality preferences.
The writing was well done, and the mystery was a mystery. I certainly was not swift enough to know the end before it happened. It felt structured and well plotted. I applaud Kaye and her storytelling. It was light and easy to read, and the characters did not annoy me. Granted there was the southern accent that periodically irritated my northern girl sensibilities. And I forgive the antiquated Librarian stereotype.
Overall, it was a good story written for the former Nancy Drew enthusiasts. It reminded me of a younger Rosemary & Thyme, a popular 2003 British TV show. If you like chick-lit, light characters and a bit of mystery then I see no reason why you wouldn’t like this story. Even for a non chick-lit gal it was easy enough to plow through.
Synopsis: 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.
THE GIRL BEHIND THE BOOK:
Kelley Kaye taught High School English and Drama for twenty years, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions for her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created around her Barbie and Ken—whatever the case, the love’s been around for a long time.
Kelley is married to this amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons. She lives in Southern California.
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*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.