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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-24-16

Average

This is an average cozy mystery with typical characters and a typical plot. It took me a while to finish it. I might get the next book in this series if I don't have anything else to read.

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Death by Diploma

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.



"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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EXCELLENT MYSTERY

my idea of a good cozy mystery. very entertaining and excellent narration. I requested this free review audiobook and am freely offering my honest and unbiased review.

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Fun, intelligent and witty

Where does Death by Diploma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in the top 10% of the mysteries I've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the humor and intelligent references to English, teaching and Shakespeare. It was fun and smart.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene I most remember is the one where the light bulb fell on her cheek as she tried to extract it from the smoke detector. Her reaction is priceless and the narrator does a great job of portraying her emotions and character. I had the exact same thing happen to me just days after listening to this scene/

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh a lot and kept me listening to the end. I didn't want to stop.

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Nice story

What made the experience of listening to Death by Diploma the most enjoyable?

The story was interesting, it was narrated matching the plot and the feelings of the characters.

Which character – as performed by Angie Hickman – was your favorite?

The main character was my favorite.

Any additional comments?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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New cozy mystery

I received this book as a gift with the understanding I would leave a honest review. I thought Angie Hickman did a wonderful job of narrating this book. She kept me listing to it. I thought the story was ok.

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Enjoyable and Fun, Cozy Mystery

What did you like best about Death by Diploma? What did you like least?

This was an enjoyable book to listen to. The two main female characters were fun girls, and amateur sleuths who got up to all sorts of adventures and found themselves in all sorts of scrapes.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was very good, and I didn't guess who the murderer was!

Which scene was your favorite?

I wouldn't say I had any favorite scene. It was an enjoyable book throughout.

Was Death by Diploma worth the listening time?

Death by Diploma was definitely worth the listening time. It was a light hearted crime caper that was easy listening.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Classroom Shenanigans

What did you like best about Death by Diploma? What did you like least?

I really enjoyed the quirky characters, with no one taking themselves too seriously.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

What a way for a new teacher to become initiated to a new town, new job, new friends!!!

What aspect of Angie Hickman’s performance would you have changed?

The characters were at times very hard to distinguish one from another.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I am not much of a movie goer, so no.

Any additional comments?

This is my first cozy mystery! The characters are fun and quirky, with an interesting place for a setting. Both Emma and Leslie would be great additions to liven up any school and makes you wonder if these situations could happen at any school.
The clues are splattered about nicely and there are plenty of humorous moments to keep you entertained.

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funny and great narration

I enjoyed listening to this. I thought is was funny and the narration was great. Lesley was my favorite she had me laughing throughout most of it. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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SO CUTE!

I'm glad this is book 1 because I love these characters and can't wait to listen to the next book in the series to see what happens next. Full of characters that make you laugh and have fun while trying to figure out where the author is going with it and who done it. Narrator is perfect for all the characters making the whole experience worthwhile.
"I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher."