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Poison at the PTA (PTA Mystery Series #5)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Great series

    I have read all the books in this series and am anxious for the next one to come out. The characters are very likeable and easy to relate to. Highly recommend this series.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    Laura Alden brings readers the fifth book in her Beth Kennedy se

    Laura Alden brings readers the fifth book in her Beth Kennedy series featuring the mother of all school organizations... the PTA. Poison at the PTA features the 80'th anniversary of the PTA and a murder, via Tylenol? Well maybe not exactly, but you get the idea. Alden has a way with characters that is rare in cozy fiction. She is able to make the reader see into the heart of her characters by showing them in their everyday life, at their best and worst. Readers who are looking for a book that celebrates not only sleuthing but what it means to be a single mom, a business owner and way too curious will appreciate Poison at the PTA.

    What I liked:

    Popped any Tylenol lately? Who knew that Acetaminophen could be so dangerous. Obviously Laura Alden did! And cozy readers are going to be glad. Poison is one of those things that readers who read cozies tend to see a lot. There are certainly some exotic ways to die floating around the cozy genre. Death by avalanche or something like that might sound more interesting than death by poison by not necessarily. Poison is such a subtle thing, very unassuming. It's death from a far, a whole lot less personal any just about anybody could do it. I thought it was a great way to go in this book and Alden did a great job with it, even if it took her 14 years to use it! (wink).

    Beth is my hero! She is great character for so many reasons. Like me, she's a single mom. She has two kids in middle school, a full time job, plus she takes the time to be very involved in her children's school by being PTA president. That is not something that is easy to pull off. No wonder she needed a break, and it's not surprising she got sucked right back in... such is the life of a mom! I have always liked the fact that Alden choose to make Beth the kind of person she is. Driven to be the best she can be. She's also too curious for her own good, not unlike most amateur sleuths. Just an all around great character.

    In this one Beth is full up to her eyeballs with kids, work, and the PTA. The 80th anniversary of the Parent Teacher Association is coming up and Beth wants everything to go just right. However, when one of the speakers ends up dead, it becomes more important to figure out whodunit. The mystery in this one was probably my favorite of the series so far, very well developed and full of surprises. As I said before I loved the death by Acetaminophen theme, and trying to figure out who would or could pull it off was an adventure. I'm not afraid to admit that this one had me bum-fuzzled. 

    What I didn't like:

    I was a little perplexed by the intervention of sorts that Beth's friends concocted in order to get her to take some much needed time off. They made a big deal out of it and did Beth really rest? Nope, not a chance. I guess I thought that part was a little unnecessary. Not that it took anything away from the book, it just didn't really add anything either.

    Bottom Line:

    This one has a great theme. The characters as usual are realistic and believable. Beth is a super-mom and a great PTA pres! Give this one a try I think you'll be very glad you did...

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