- File Size: 2239 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079WGB59C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A school is only as good as the teachers and administration, and I think that's the underlying theme of this cozy mystery featuring Rose Lane as a calm, unflappable career English teacher who tries to keep her school from completely falling apart when faced with the capricious whims of a new principal. From whims to downright tyranny, Principal Storme manages to alienate--or annihilate--the faculty, staff, students, and parents in her quest to control the school and run it her way.
At the end of the first chapter, the story goes back to the beginning of the school year when all the teachers are wondering about the new principal. What follows is akin to watching a train wreck as the new principal replaces competent, effective educators with those who seem to know little about the subject matter much less about how to manage a classroom.
Principal Storme is an ill wind that blows no good. Tempers escalate. Every week brings a new disaster to the school Rose loves. She encourages everyone to hang in and wait for things to improve, but even she is discouraged when she finds out the new principal has a secret agenda in everything she does, and none of what she does is good for the school.
English Department head Rose Lane is intelligent and optimistic with an ex who's a bit of a problem and a new love who's everything she ever imagined in a man. She's paired with Penny Bright, a new intern eager to learn from Rose, and also eager to build a relationship with the fired football coach. Something I particularly liked were the quotations from Shakespeare and other sources scattered throughout the book.
The author introduces the suspects--not the usual low-life characters--but conscientious teachers and staff of the school. They all hate--despise--the new principal. You will too! The woman is as Machiavellian a character as you'll find. You'll try to guess which one of these perfectly respectable characters hated the principal enough to murder her. The denouement comes only at the very end, and you'll probably find yourself nodding and thinking, "Of course!" Even though you really didn't know until the end!
I'm wondering if we'll see other mysteries with Rose Lane and Penny Bright, two characters who could easily helm a cozy series.
Typical of most mysteries, the dead body shows up immediately. Then, Author Coryell does something different. She takes the reader back in time, so we can understand what led to such a drastic event. High schools employ many people. Consequently, many characters inhabit this story. Some are lightly described, but the main characters—Principal Wendy Storme, English teacher Rose Lane, and her intern Penny Bright are well-developed. The story is told through Rose and Penny’s points-of-view, and it’s done well.
Step-by-step, Principal Storme wreaks havoc on people’s lives—demoting here, replacing there, even firing—giving everyone, not just in the high school but in the community as well, a motive to kill her. At first, I thought some of the things Storme did were illegal. But I’ve been out of the education world for over thirty years. I didn’t realize how much has changed, especially in a right-to-work state. It’s surprising what goes on behind closed doors in a high school. If you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll enjoy this book.
I was given an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Like the author, as a former teacher, I am well aware that much of the school politics presented in this novel is accurately portrayed. This mystery is a quality read. Susan Coryell has nailed it in the manner school systems operate. Readers will appreciate the authenticity of this book. Highly recommended.
I’ve read this author’s books before and her latest is every bit as entertaining, and very humorous. I really liked the characters that populate this book—they’re fraught with human emotion, from teachers and interns and their spouses and significant others to students, parents and school administrators. There’s even a romance. But you don’t have to be a teacher to love this book. A real page-turner, A Murder of Principle has intrigue reminiscent of Agatha Christie. I give this book an A.
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