Genre: Cozy mystery
Series: Chalkboard Outlines, Book One
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.
Review: This author is new to me, but I can hardly wait to read more of her work. Emma is a fabulous main character, and I love her after just one book. As a Southern girl transplanted to Colorado, she finds herself in a brand new world. I love that she uses so many typically Southern expressions and that parts of her dialogue are even written with a Southern accent.
Her co-worker and new friend, Leslie, is a fun character as well. She has a Shakespearean quote for every occasion and is the type of person that I would enjoy spending time with in real life. I look forward to her part in future stories as well.
The plot of this story is well laid out, and gives the reader several suspects to consider. There are a few curse words used, but they are not overly abundant.
If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, this is definitely one to try.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Rating: Four stars
About the author
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.
On Twitter: @kelkay1202