So if you really want to know what a day in my mom’s life is like, I guess I better start with breakfast. I don’t know when she gets up, but when my alarm goes off, she’s in the kitchen. We eat breakfast—me, Mom, and Livvy. (Livvy is my sister.) Sometimes Dad is there. Other times he’s at work, flying a plane. He’s in the Air Force. Mom is an organizer. That means she helps people put away their stuff where it should go. I have to put my toys away by myself so I don’t know why grown-ups need someone to tell them how to do it, but Mom says some grown-ups do need that.
Anyway, after breakfast, Mom takes Livvy and me to school at North Dawkins Elementary. Sometimes she stays and helps. She’s my room mom, so she’s there a lot. Especially lately. It’s almost summer, and we’re finally getting to do some fun stuff—Field Day, Muffins with Mom, and the End of Year party.
There have been some bad things, too. Eric (he sits beside me) said he heard Ms. Matheson say there was a vampire in the storage closet. I didn’t believe him. But then someone was murdered—not at the school, but it was someone who worked there. And now a bunch of weird things are happening, like one of the teachers got in trouble, then someone broke into the school during the night. I don’t understand that. Who would want to get into the school? We all want to get out.
Right now everything is weird, but Mom is here all the time, so I know it will be okay. I bet she’ll figure out what happened. Dad says she has a knack for sorting things out. She’s done it before. There’s the bell for lunch, and Mom’s eating with me in the cafeteria. It’s spaghetti. Got to go!
You can read more about Nathan and what’s happening in his school in Mother’s Day, Muffin, and Murder, the 10th book in the “Ellie Avery” mystery series.
With summer approaching, Ellie Avery’s schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids’ school—and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?
As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother’s Day breakfast—even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren’t exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there’s only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town.
But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she’s a mess. It looks like Gabrielle’s seen a ghost—or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes . . . only to mysteriously reappear later at the school.
Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal’s identity. Because if she doesn’t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder . . .
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About the author
Sara Rosett is a bestselling mystery author. She writes the Ellie Avery series, the On The Run series, and the Murder on Location series. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.”
Sara teaches what she knows through the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery course. She loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at SaraRosett.com and sign up to get a free e-book from Sara.
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