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No End to Trouble (St.Polycarp Elementary School Mysteries) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 9, 2015
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About the Author
Marianna Heusler is the author of eight novels including two prior St. Polycarp mysteries, Murder at St. Polycarp and Cappuccino at the Crypt. She is also the author of hundreds of published short stories and her mini mysteries have frequently been featured in Woman’s World. A retired teacher, she has taught at all grade levels in Catholic Schools and also taught third grade in a private all girls’ school on the upper eastside of Manhattan. Marianna lives in New York City with her husband, Joel, her son, Maximilian, and her little dog, Dolce. She spends her free time, writing, working out, and volunteering for the Red Cross. You can learn more about Marianna by clicking onto www.mariannamystery.com or by following her fashion blog at mariannaheusler.typepad.com.
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The author did a great job at making her characters distinctive. Sometimes with whodunits it is easy to get the characters confused because the names are too similar or the characters are not unique enough. This did not happen here, although I would have liked it if the characters had more depth. Also, the author put just enough characters into the story. I hate when there are not enough suspects! There were plenty here.
I liked the school as a setting for the story. Although the physical description would have benefited from more detail, the author described the background action (what students were doing, school noises, teacher's conversations, etc.) very well. I could picture the physical setting in my head at times, but could picture the action throughout.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I would like to thank the author for an edition of “No End To Trouble : A St. Polycarp School Mystery” by Marianna Heusler for my honest review.
The genres of this book are mystery or cozy mystery.
I find that the author describes St. Polycarp School as a building were there were several murders a few years before. Father Felix, the former head of the school is now at the Vatican, and there is a new principal, Mrs. Logan. Mrs. Logan is portrayed as a cold ,callous demanding, rigid, assertive, no nonsense type of leader. The new principal has plans for a new over-haul of the school from a change in curriculum, to a change in staff. Mrs. Logan has brought her secretary and other members from her former school to St. Polycarp. Her manipulative ways of dealing with a tenured teacher (that she chooses to get rid of) is to place the teacher where she will not be comfortable, and have less of a chance to succeed. For example a second grade teacher would be moved up to fifth grade.
Two of the former teachers of St.Polycarp, Mrs. Hopwood and Mrs. Johnson were able to solve the murders in the past at the school and are unhappy that Father Felix is away. In addition, they are miserable that Mrs. Logan is the new principal. Mrs. Hopwood is moved from the second grade to the fifth, and is insecure and terrified of dealing with the new curriculum and the older children. Mrs. Johnson is not thrilled with the rigid principal and regimented rules. The teachers, staff, parents and children are not happy.
On back to school night the parents arrive to meet and greet the teachers. There is a spread of cookies and brownies, and everything seems to be in order.That is, until one of the Kitchen staff takes a brownie off Mrs. Logan’s desk, and drops dead. Was this brownie meant for Mrs. Logan?
There are many twists and turns, and there are teachers, staff, parents and others who could have a motive, and are suspect. Of course our busybody teachers Mrs. Hopwood and Mrs.Johnson want to get to the bottom of this. Could this get them fired or possibly murdered?
This was a delightful and intriguing mystery and I enjoyed reading this.