- File Size: 1444 KB
- Print Length: 321 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451237498
- Publisher: NAL (July 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0073XV4AW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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The phrase practically stuck her in the eye. She printed it out, framed it, and put it next to her computer. "Reasons or results?" At the end of her life, was she going to have a pile of reasons for not having done anything? Or was she going to sit down and write a book? Once she started looking at it that way, the decision was easy. A short 13 years later, her first book was published.
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, attempting to keep the flowerbeds free of weeds, or doing some variety of skiing. Laura's debut novel, Murder at the PTA was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. Her fifth book, POISON AT THE PTA, will be released in February 2014.
Top Customer Reviews
This light, cozy series is getting better with each book. Beth is starting to stand up for herself more, although she still lets some of the PTA officers, especially her nemesis Claudia Wolff, bully her at times. Beth can always depend on her best friend Marina whenever she needs help with a case or just needs a friend. Marina's loyalty is her best quality. Marina can sometimes be a little grating, but she has matured and encourages Beth to be more assertive. The quirky mother of four is a drama queen and may break out into a Southern, German, or some other accent at any time, but she always has Beth's best interests at heart, and Beth feels the same about Marina. At one point in the book, someone close to Beth criticizes Marina, and it is wonderful that the sometimes timid Beth doesn't hesitate to defend her best friend.Read more ›
This was a good read in this light-hearted and charming whodunit. The writing is crisp, the flow is evenly paced and I like the way the story progressed and kept me guessing as to how this drama would end. It's all about the relationship in this character-driven tale and I especially love the comedic tone that is found throughout this story. Beth is a great character and her relationships and concerns with her friends and family makes her a good sleuth. This was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in this wonderful series.
Alden's books are peopled with characters we could almost swear we know. Beth is the quintessential modern woman, running a business, working to improve her town, raising children, and all the while worried that she isn't doing any of them well enough. Small town interaction rings true in every story, and Alden has a gift for turning a humorous phrase that exactly captures a mother's angst or the frustration of a woman whose patience is waning.
I've enjoyed the PTA series very much.
Concerned about anomalies Beth visits the police Chief Gus Eisler with her theory but he thinks she has had some lucky success (see Foul Play At The PTA) so he blows her off insisting she is looking for a homicide when none exists. Still doubting the official cause of death, Beth is approached by Maude, a resident at the Sunny Roof Assisted Living Center, to look into the "accidental" drowning death of her niece Kelly decades ago. Most of the townsfolk believe she committed suicide. Maude and Kelly's mom think she was murdered by her longtime boyfriend who dumped her. Beth assumes there was no homicide until she learns Kelly and Amy were best friends. As she goes around Rynwood seeking clues, a vigillant killer watches her closely just in case she gets too close to the truth.
The latest PTA amateur sleuth (see Murder At The PTA) is an engaging whodunit as the heroine knows her customers so well she finds deviations in the "behavior" of Amy leading to her death. The heroine treats her two cases as separate inquiries until she finds the surprising link between the deaths. Fans will enjoy Laura Alden's complex murder mystery thankfully without a recall in sight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and kept me turning the pages. Beth runs a children's book store, is secretary of the PTA and has two children. Read morePublished 22 months ago by bunnygirl
My son loves this series. He read the first one and wanted the complete series. He can't put them down. Thank YouPublished on June 24, 2013 by Michael Tsengouras
I think this an interesting and well-written series. The characters are appealing and the situations are pretty realistic. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by reader
I hope she continues. I have enjoyed all pta books. Relatable and funny. As co-chair of a pto she writes things the rest of us want to say.Published on November 22, 2012 by Summer Kelly
Beth Kennedy has her hands full with her children's bookstore, being the PTA secretary, and single mom. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by kayek
Plotting At The PTA, the third book in the PTA series contained even more twists and turns than the first two books in this well-crafted series. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by PJ Mellor
I love Laura Alden, but unfortunately I kept comparing this novel to Murder at the PTA. Plotting at the PTA seems a little short on plot and a little long on trivia. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Laura Kennedy author
Beth Kennedy has a wonderful money making idea for the P.T.A. A project that matches a Senior Citizen from a local assisted living center with Tarver Elementary students so that... Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Lori Caswell/Dollycas
I always enjoy this gentle murder mystery series. It is a cozy in the finest sense, however, this book surpassed my expectations starting at chapter seven. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by J & L Rigod
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