Irregardless of Murder, Miss Prentice Mystery Series #1
Amelia Prentice is 41 years old, single, and an English teacher. So when she stumbles on the body of a former student in the copy room, things are certainly bound to change. Problem is, she has absolutely no recollection of actually tripping on a body. All she remembers is a man leaving the room just as she arrived, and then - nothing. And for her trouble, she has a nasty bump on her head that isn't exactly proving her innocence.
So whether out of a sense of justice or just her civilian duty to society, Amelia set out to find out who did it. In the meantime though, her personal life is getting a little bit complicated. Between her best friend getting dumped overboard, an acquaintance from high school trying to sell her house without permission, and a rekindling romance from 20 years ago, she is up to her neck with problems. Will she be able to solve the mystery of the body (and her life) in time?
While mysteries are not particularly my favorite genre, this one got my attention. Amelia is inadvertently drawn into solving the murder of her former student, and her hilarious adventures (admittedly misadventures in some cases!) are going to keep you turning pages. The relationships between the characters in this fabulous mystery by Kennedy make you feel as if could absolutely be your family, your friends and your life. Adirondack, New York will never be the same with Amelia's sleuthing "skills" on the loose, and you will view this genre in a whole new light whether you're a huge fan or on the fence like I was.
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
August 28, 2013
good read for the price.
Have not read this author before, but was a very good story line. Will be looking for more from this author.
February 24, 2013
A Murder Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing
E. E. Kennedy in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂIrregardless of MurderÃ¢ÂÂ Book One in the Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery series published by Sheaf House Publishers takes us into the life of Amelia Prentice.
From the back cover: Amelia Prentice, forty-something high school English teacher whose pet peeve is the non-word Ã¢ÂÂirregardlessÃ¢ÂÂ, trips over the corpse of a former student in the public library. Now her cozy small town life in the Adirondacks will never be the same.
Amelia returns to school, only to learn this death was no accident and sheÃ¢ÂÂs a murder suspect. Then the victimÃ¢ÂÂs mother disappears; friend Lily is thrown overboard from the Lake Champlain ferryboat, a mysterious millionaire wants to buy AmeliaÃ¢ÂÂs house, the school nurse is viciously attacked and AmeliaÃ¢ÂÂs old beau Gil seems interested again.And, of course, thereÃ¢ÂÂs the Lake Champlain monster.
It will take all AmeliaÃ¢ÂÂs wisdom, humor and faith to figure out whatÃ¢ÂÂs going on.
If she survivesÃ¢ÂÂ¦
I have to admit I miss the classic mystery novels by the masters: Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie and Earl Stanley Gardner who would provide a murder bring in their respective investigators or lawyer and give the reader such twists and turns until the mystery was resolved. Very difficult to get stories like that anymore. That is until now. Welcome E. E. Kennedy who with her new heroine, Amelia Prentice, gives us a taste of what those classic stories used to give us. There is a murder in the copy room at the public library of all places and Amelia literally trips over the body. Now she is the suspect in the murder and she sets out to find who really did it. However, the deceased left something behind, something the murderer has killed for and will kill again until he gets it. The murderer thinks Amelia has it, she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt know what it is nor does she know she has it. Time is running out for her to find out who did it and why before she becomes the next victim.
Ms. Kennedy has crafted a page turner worthy of the old masters, an exciting event, some story, another exciting event, more story. And the mystery is terrific. You want to figure out who us behind everything but you just canÃ¢ÂÂt seem to and so you flip another page hoping for an answer which doesnÃ¢ÂÂt come until the satisfactory end. E. E. Kennedy is a fun author that makes reading enjoyable even if you are sitting on the edge of your chair. DonÃ¢ÂÂt bother bringing a beverage to drink while you read because you will forget it is there the story is that intense. Ms. Kennedy batted a thousand on this one. I highly recommend it.
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August 16, 2012