Review: Plotting at the PTA by Laura Alden

Plotting at the PTA
(PTA Mystery Series)
3rd in Series
An Obsidian Mystery
Published by New American Library
A Division of the Penguin Group
Published July 3, 2012
310 Pages or 760 KB

Plotting at the PTA

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 the elders can share their stories. The students then write up the information to publish in a book for the group to sell.

Beth gets a little sidetracked when one of regular customers at the bookstore, Amy Jacobson, dies after receiving several bee stings. It seems a little early for bees in Wisconsin and Amy was so very careful whenever she ventured outside.

Beth finds herself buzzing around trying to get the rest of the story. Who may have wanted Amy stung permanently?

Dollycas Thoughts

Beth always finds herself hip deep in a mystery and those mysteries usually involve murder. She is so easy to identify with because her huge heart shines through in everything she does. Even when she is trapped into doing something she doesn’t want to do. I found myself not liking Auntie May here and there but she also reminded me a lot of my mother. 🙂

The story has it’s twists and turns and one very surprising development. This author’s writing continues to get better and better. She is letting her characters evolve so naturally. Beth is getting to know her customers. She knows when they do things that just aren’t normal for them. The dialogue between Marina and Beth is fresh and full of humor. The members are the P.T.A. are unique and real, every school group has a Claudia.

The next installment has been set up. Beth is sure to have some challenges ahead. I can’t wait!!

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