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.
©2016 Kelley Kaye (P)2016 Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Death by Diploma: Chalkboard Outlines, Book 1
: Kelley Kaye
A first book in what will hopefully be a series. As a high school employee. I found the setting and situations were spot on. The teacher who is a "Grammar Nazi," yes every school has at least one. The gourmet teacher meals are a dream come true. I loved the librarian wanting to ban some students for life, yep may have known one..............no not really.I would like to see our principal zipping around on a skateboard.
I loved the teachers quest to solve the murder, all the novels mentioned, but could of done without Shakespeare quotes.
I look forward to the next book or books yet to come!
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Angie Hickman makes this listen extra enjoyable.
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I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
This is a very cozy mystery indeed! I loved the southern drawl Angie Hickman gave the heroine, and Melvin's love story was soooo romantic. Kinda in parallel to the Romeo and Juliet the kids were performing in class.
Two details that bug me: The title sort of doesn't fit the story, and there were a tad too many Shakespeare quotes. When will someone start quoting Brandon Sanderson or IT Crowd? I'm waiting patiently ;) The trouble with Shakespeare is that he did say some amazing stuff, but you have to painstakingly translate everything to modern language. We all should like him, but it's just too much trouble - especially when there's so much other great authors to read - in a language we actually understand. Kelley Kaye being one of them, I'm sure :)
This is a wonderful little story that I recommend to you heartily.
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This book had it all for me: funny, smart, quirky, real, loveable characters; cozy mystery with fresh themes (high school from the teacher's perspective, Shakespeare, circus, buddies instead of hero/sidekick); great writing; impressive narration (loved Ms Hickman's voice of Emma). All in all, I loved it and am really looking forward to the next book!
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