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Death by Diploma

Death by Diploma

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by Kelley Kaye

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Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who


Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma's new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

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Red Adept Publishing
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Kelley Kaye taught High School English and Drama for twenty years, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions for her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created around her Barbie and Ken-whatever the case, the love's been around for a long time.

Kelley is married to this amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons. She lives in Southern California.

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Death by Diploma 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
I love cozy mysteries and I found this one to be quite a fantastic read! Emma finds out her husband has been cheating on her and decides to leave him (Go Emma!). She then crosses the country and starts working at Thomas Jefferson High School where she gets mixed in with a bit of trouble. The night janitor, who reminds Emma of her father, is found dead by Emma. Along with a co-worker friend, Emma decides to play detective and find out who the killer is. The story was filled with kooky characters that certainly made this a fun read. I love getting into these hometown mysteries because they offer some warmth along with their mystery. It's what draws me to their plots, and Death by Diploma is no exception. I recommend this book to all mystery lovers and especially to those who want to be introduced to the genre of the cozy mystery. You're gonna love it!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read!!! I loved the characters Kelley Kaye created- they are crazy in the funniest ways possible. The main character Emma is someone I'd love to be friends with- she's real & just plain interesting. She & her new friend Leslie are a great pair. I love forward to the next book in this series! ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Death By Diploma - Chalkboard Outlines 1 Author: Kelly Kaye Published: 2-23-16 Publisher: Red Adept Publishing Pages: 235 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781940215624 ASIN: B01BLUB9CK Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Emma Lovett is a woman of southern charm and strength. She leaves her cheating husband, goes back to school to get her teaching degree and then moves across the country to Pinewood, Colorado and begins her new teaching career at Thomas Jefferson High School. On her first day she meets Melvin McManus, the night janitor who reminds her of her pwn deceased father. Later when she foes to check her mail she finds Melvin dead on the floor of the office. Her new friend Leslie Parker convinces Emma to playing Nancy Drew when they feel that the police haven't a clue on how to investigate the murder. The more they look into Melvin's past the more they uncover his secrets and secrets of others at the school. With humor Kelly Kaye has given us a story we can laugh with and characters we can easily grow to call friends. The instant friendship between Emma and Leslie wonderful to see develop and reminds us of our own close friends that came into our lives and knew us immediately. The plot is done well and flows smoothly and quickly. If you like a light mystery and are looking for a new series and or author give Kelly Kaye and her Chalkboard Outline Mysteries a try. It does not disappoint. 41/2 out of 5 stars.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This is a new to me author. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. Emma Lovett has left her old life behind and is starting over again in Pinewood, Colorado where she is beginning her teaching career at a local high school. She becomes fast friends with Leslie Parker, another teacher, who has the ability to quote Shakespeare to fit any type of situation. After a sleepless night, Emma decides to go into school early, unfortunately for her, she stumbles over the body of Melvin, the school custodian. Who would want to kill this gentle soul? Leslie convinces Emma they have to investigate and soon the laughter begins. It seems everyone has a secret they want to keep hidden but Emma and Leslie dig deep and soon piece together the clues. I really liked the story and the characters. The big problem for me was Emma's accent. I was overwhelmed reading all the "Ahm a southern girl," "Ahm just so glad to meet you," nonsense and it soon became a turn off. I think the author could have used a different technique to get her point across. That was the deciding factor between a 3 & 4 star review.
silencenomore More than 1 year ago
The talk of no necking, pencil skirts and beehive hairdos maybe the 1950’s this story begins. Wrong! Because when the principal rides a skateboard and kids play Xbox we are tricked. Emma escapes her jerk of a husband to become a teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. The characters are flashbacks from high school days. Leslie is the tall pretty blonde teacher who becomes Emma’s friend. The caddy male teachers crack jokes and hassle the new teacher. There cafeteria hour and thoughts run through my mind; smells, nasty food, horrors of picking a seat. Melvin is the custodian, I get the impression he is nervous and anxious about something. Mrs. Fillmore is the disgruntled parent who bombards Leslie, demanding her daughter’s grade from last year be changed from a B+ to an A. Turns out her daughter missed an assignment, imagine that. Emma is dreading parent teacher conferences. Wednesday she arrives at 5:45 am, arriving at the main office for her mail. Leslie seems to appear out of nowhere. The shoe, pant leg, blood! Melvin the custodian! Dead! Thomas Jefferson H.S., the biggest event ever! Gossip begins; everyone wants to know the 411. Emma and Leslie decide the detectives are useless and scheme a plan to solve the murder themselves. They snoop around finding Melvin has hidden secrets. The plot thickens with all people who play a role in his mysterious life. You have to decide how the teachers, students, parents all play a part in Melvin’s death. The fun part of this plot is all the stones Leslie and Emma turnover reveal hidden surprises. The unexpected ending and turn of events made this book even more enjoyable. This was a good mystery, which made me think things are not as they appear. We never really can judge a book, solely on the cover. I give the book four out of five stars. Death by Diploma had great characters, unexpected story line, and a surprise ending. I received this book in exchange for an unbiased an honest review.
AVoraciousReadr 4 months ago
4.5 *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Emma Lovett lands her very first teaching job in Pinewood, Colorado. The southern belle transplant embraces her new life with much enthusiasm until the morning she goes to work early and discovers the kindly janitor dead in the school office. Convinced the police detective is incompetent she and her new friend, fellow English teacher Leslie Parker start an investigation of their own. And they learn more about their students, colleagues, and community than they thought possible. Emma is a great character! Sweet without being overly so, intelligent, and a bit of a scaredy cat who wants to be braver, she probably represents the majority of women out there. Her friend Leslie is always so well put together, fierce and outgoing that she makes a nice contrast to Emma. Other characters are, well, characters and add depth to the story. I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was fairly close to the beginning of the story, but there were enough shenanigans going on that I wasn’t concrete about my conclusion. My only complaint is the use of “Ah” for “I” because Emma is from the South. The use was not consistent, switching back and forth sometimes in the same paragraph. Either stick with the accent or don’t. The resulting mishmash here was annoying. Overall though, there is more than just a murder mystery in this tale and it makes for a rich and satisfying read.
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CommonBookSense More than 1 year ago
Death by Diploma is classified as a "cozy mystery," which is a term that I had to investigate. It turns out that "cozies" are books that downplay/put a humorist twist on sex and/or violence.....this book definitely fits the category. This one starts out really slow, which means that I almost gave up on it several times. Emma and Leslie are awesome main characters, but Emma's sometimes HORRIBLE southern dialect drove me insane. **Note to non-southern authors: you can't "write" an accent.....it doesn't work.....it isn't close to accurate......and it leaves readers with a bad taste in their mouth (especially those of us who grew up in the south).** Once the plot got really interesting (about halfway through the book) I was hooked. The dedication that the teachers had, to solve the murder of the school custodian, was admirable. This is the kind of mystery book that didn't give things away until the most perfect moment. So, although things started out slow, this "cozy" novel was worth the read! You can find this review (along with many more) on the CommonBookSense blog! commonbooksense.blogspot.com
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Emma Lovett is a "Southern Bell" who left her philandering husband and South Carolina behind to become an English High school teacher in Pinewood Colorado. She meets up with Leslie, a smart-mouth, feisty divorcee who is also an English teacher. She takes Emma under her wing, introduces her around, warns who about parents and staff she needs to be careful of and generally show her the ropes. Emma makes it through the first couple of days and when she arrives at work early one morning to prepare for classes, she stumbles upon the dead body of the kindly custodian, Melvin, in the office. The detective assigned to the case is not very smart, so Emma and Leslie decide they need to solve the case on their own. They sneak into the school at night and run into an intruder and get knocked over, luckily with just minor injuries. When they stumble upon another dead body, they begin to have second thoughts about their exploits. A second storyline deals with a scandal that is changing grades for athletes which they also end up getting involved in. Of course being a cozy mystery novel, there has to be a love interest and there is one for both of the ladies. Emma meets up with the special investigator from CHSS and Leslie has a younger man who she is keeping secret. There are some quirky characters in the story as well as a lot of Shakespeare quotes that remind me of my high school English classes. A great read for cozy mystery readers. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
Piaras More than 1 year ago
Death by Diploma is a well crafted fun mystery thriller. And I would imagine that fans of this genre will love having a nibble on this one! This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed. The story had every element a good story should have. A stimulating plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book. This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a mysteriously funny journey! It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader! I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Kelly Kaye in the future! I would definitely recommend this book! Five stars from me.