Poison by Punctuation (Book #2) – Kelley Kaye

Title: Poison by Punctuation
Author: Kelley Kaye
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre: Chick-lit/mystery

When I read the first installment, I was pleasantly surprised and was interested to see what other adventures Kelley Kaye had to share for these two teachers, Emma and Leslie.

Emma and Leslie are likeable and light women. Even when death looms above them, they continue to smile and investigate. However, like several of the characters, their characterization is quirky in a dated way. They talk more like 50 year old women than late twenties/early thirties ladies. So I guess you can call them old souls. But I predict their characterization would appeal to a slightly older, female audience instead of the intended age.

This second tale continues Emma and Leslie’s investigative night job of solving murders and threats made within the school.

The beginning was slow and I had to push through to get to the meat of the tale. I often felt there were many sections that could have been cut altogether, making a more concise story without so much down time. Once I was halfway in, I started to enjoy the story and the the revelations that ensued.

If you enjoy light, chic-lit murder mysteries then you may enjoy this series. For me the tale was just okay. This is perhaps due to my age or the fact that I prefer my stories a bit heavier on the character development. Also, I prefer more darkness than light.

You can find the story on Amazon for $8.99 in Kindle format and $12.99 in paperback.



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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*We received a free copy of the story in exchange for an honest review

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