Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: IRREGARDLESS OF MURDER (Miss Prentice Cozy Mysteries) by E.E. Kennedy

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Amelia Prentice, a forty-something high school English teacher comfortable in her predictable routine, regains consciousness after tripping over the corpse of a former student in the safest of places, the public library. Returning to the classroom, she tries to pretend nothing happened. But when it becomes obvious that the victim’s death wasn’t an accident and she is now a murder suspect, she realizes that her cozy small-town life in New York’s Adirondack region will never be the same.

Crazy things begin to happen: The victim’s mother disappears. Amelia’s friend Lily is thrown overboard from the Lake Champlain ferryboat. A mysterious millionaire from Montreal seems determined to buy Amelia’s house. The school nurse is viciously attacked by a student. Amelia’s old beau Gil suddenly seems determined to rekindle their romance. Amelia is carjacked, and, of course, there’s the Lake Champlain Monster . . .

It will take all Amelia’s wisdom, humor, and faith to figure out what’s going on and embrace the new life that lies ahead. If she survives . . .

Amelia is your basic English teacher who hates when people say "irregardless". She lives in a quaint town and doesn't expect much excitement. Her life gets complicated from the time trips over Marguerite's body and is considered a suspect.  She has actively avoided interacting with an old beau from her early years and isn't interested in rekindling that relationship - Vern has other ideas. More importantly, who killed this young woman and why?  What is it that Marguerite's mother has for her?  Why did she disappear?  Who is this millionaire trying to buy her house?  What is the friction between Lily and Alec?  Is there a Lake Champlain monster? 

The characters are predominantly middle-aged adults, but the antics and conflicts are ageless.  The storyline includes mystery, a bit of suspense, and romance.  It is well written and a good read.  This is the first in the Miss Prentice Cozy Mysteries.  Others in the series include DEATH DANGLES A PARTICIPLE and MURDER IN THE PAST TENSE.  

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