Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein is the first book in the NEW “Poppy McAllister” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, January 30, 2018
For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.
Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .
Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?
— Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
Attending a class reunion should be fun, not for Poppy when she becomes a prime suspect in her classmate’s murder. What the author did was present an enjoyable whodunit that immediately pulled me in with the internal dialogue of our heroine who just tickled me to death with her witty repartee. I love the tone and the writing style that set the pace of how well this story was being told from the first meeting of Poppy to Aunt Ginny to Sawyer and to the other residents of Cape May, and not to leave out Figaro. I liked how the author used the backdrop of a class reunion to stage a murder mystery were everyone was a suspect, and it was fun watching Poppy narrow the field down until there was only one person standing. . .the killer. The mystery was nicely done keeping me intrigued in all aspects of the fast-paced drama. From the beginning to the end, this book kept me immersed in all that was happening and entertained with comedic antics as the women set about gathering clues from a variety of outings that resulted in humorous play-by-play action. Boasting an eclectic cast of characters that includes a feisty and spirited aunt, with engaging banter, this was a fun read and I can’t wait for the next adventures with Poppy and Aunt Ginny (who I love) in this delightfully charming debut series which is a welcome addition to the cozy genre.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.