Goodness, a day in my life is not the kind of thing that makes for exciting reading. There’s my children, my children’s bookstore here in Wisconsin, the occasional PTA meeting, and a little bit of the handsome Evan Garrett, the first man in my life after my divorce. Of course, every once in awhile, I seem to get involved with solving murders. But that’s not my fault. For that, I blame my best friend, Marina.

Marina is the one who talked me into becoming secretary of the local PTA. Then she insisted that she knew who killed the school principal. Then she made herself a target by writing a gossipy blog. Then she said she knew who killed a PTA father. Then she pushed me to hire …well, the list of Marina antics could go on forever and I’m sure you don’t want to hear about the time she created a maze in her backyard by stapling towels to tall stakes. I’m still trying to get the grass stains out of the kids’ pants.

Every time I turn around, it seems she’s pushing me to do something I don’t want to do. (I have to admit that her ideas are interesting, if not downright fun, but please don’t tell her that.) She says I’m too stuffy, and I say she needs to grow up. Together, we make a pretty good team. (But please don’t tell her that, either. It would just encourage her.)

When I’m not trying to just say no to Marina, and when I’m not trying to quietly catch killers, my days are filled with the tasks of everyday life. The last thing I do before I go to bed – and by far the best thing I do – is tiptoe into my children’s rooms and give them one last kiss good-night while they sleep. Good night, dearest Jenna. Good night, sweet Oliver. Sleep tight.
You can read more about Beth in “Foul Play at the PTA, the second book in the “PTA” mystery series.  The first book in the series is MURDER AT THE PTA.

The life and times of Beth Kennedy is written by Laura Alden who grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the 80’s with a (mostly unused) Bachelor of Science degree in geology. Currently, Laura and her husband share their house with two very strange cats. When Laura isn’t writing, she’s working at her day job, reading, singing in her church choir, or doing some variety of skiing. Laura’s debut novel, “Murder at the PTA” was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel.

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