Foul Play at the PTA by Laura Alden is the second book in the “PTA” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, July 2011

Beth Kennedy is a working mother and a PTA secretary, so being busy is nothing new for her. Murder, however, seems to be her new order of business.

PTA meetings at Tarver Elementary School can get pretty heated. But after PTA member Sam Helmstetter is strangled in his car following a meeting, Beth and her best friend Marina, fear there may be a cold-blooded killer in the group.

Meanwhile, rumors spread that Beth’s newest employee at her children’s bookstore is the murderer. Yvonne served time for a similar crime, but DNA evidence eventually proved her innocent. As the new PTA vice president organizes a boycott of the bookstore and the real killer roams the streets of Rynwood, Wisconsin, Beth realizes she’ll need to stick her own neck out to catch an elusive strangler.

Not again and not in Rynwood. When Beth finds Sam slumped in his car, she never expected him to be a victim of murder. A recent hire who was exonerated as a convicted killer spurs rumors and fears and when Beth’s livelihood is threatened, she and best friend, Marina, resolve to find the killer before all is lost. This was a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. This charming and character-driven tale kept me entertained by the relationship, the antics and enjoyable banter of best friends Beth and Marina as they search for motives among Sam’s acquaintances. Rounding out this wonderful story and giving Beth support are her children and romantic interest, Evan. This good-humored and likeable series is a satisfying adventure with good friends.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

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