Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden is the first book in the new “PTA” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2010

Single mom Beth Kennedy gets a lot more than she bargains for when she becomes the PTA secretary—and discovers a killer is running rampant in her small town.

As the owner of a children’s bookshop in the quaint town of Rynwood, Wisconsin, and a mother of two, Beth Kennedy has a full plate. So when her best friend, Marina, asks her to become the secretary for Tarver Elementary School’s PTA, Beth can think of better ways to occupy what little free time she has. But after some arm-twisting (Marina’s favorite activity), Beth agrees to come on board.

The course of PTA meetings never has run smoothly, but when Tarver’s unpopular principal turns up dead, Beth realizes that making bake sales wheat-free and funding class trips weren’t the only things on the agenda. Then the local gossip blogs, WisconSINS, starts fanning the flames of speculation, and it seems like everyone is a suspect—especially certain members of the PTA. Beth knows she must race to find the killer before he teaches another fatal lesson.

What a great debut novel. Meet Beth Kennedy, divorced mother of two who is coerced into running for PTA secretary by her best friend Marina. Immediately upon taking over the role as secretary, the controversial principal of her children’s school is found dead, murdered. Leaving the investigation up to the police seems like a good idea, until Marina is threatened. This light-hearted murder mystery will have you chuckling as straight-laced and honest Beth snoops while being prodded by Marina and when her family is threatened, Beth springs into action and a killer is caught. The witty conversations, the friendship and support and a little romance with the new guy in town made this an enjoyable and delightful read. This is a great start to a wonderful series and I can’t wait to read the next one because the PTA will never be the same again.

*new-to-me author

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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