Foul Play at the PTA (PTA Mystery Series #2)

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PTA meetings at Tarver Elementary School can get pretty heated. But after parent Sam Helmstetter is strangled in his car following a meeting, mom and PTA secretary Beth Kennedy and her best friend Marina fear there may be a cold-blooded killer in the group...

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PTA meetings at Tarver Elementary School can get pretty heated. But after parent Sam Helmstetter is strangled in his car following a meeting, mom and PTA secretary Beth Kennedy and her best friend Marina fear there may be a cold-blooded killer in the group...

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In Agatha-finalist Alden's well-crafted second PTA whodunit (after 2010's Murder at the PTA), PTA secretary Beth Kennedy, a 41-year-old divorced mother of two and owner of a children's bookstore, and PTA president Erica Hale are disconcerted to find fellow PTA member Sam Helmstetter strangled in his car in the Tarver Elementary parking lot after a PTA meeting. Who would want to murder the nicest guy in Rynwood, Wis.? Aided by lovably flaky BFF Marina Neff, Beth again turns amateur sleuth. When she's nearly run down by a vehicle used in an attempt on the life of Sam's business partner, Beth knows she's on the right track. Meanwhile, Beth hiring a new bookstore employee, who happens to be a convicted murderer, albeit innocent and exonerated, creates problems. Only Beth's allowing a poisoning victim to go without medical attention while assisting in the final chase strikes a wrong note in this clean cozy. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234087
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: PTA Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 490,432
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    NOT TO BE MISSED!

    Beth Kennedy owns The Children's Bookshelf in Rynwood, Wisconsin. The holidays are quickly approaching and one of her employees would rather spend time watching her grandson learn to swim than come to work. Beth has no choice but to let her go. The perfect applicant, Yvonne, arrives to apply for the for the newly open position before Beth can even post a Help Wanted advertisement. She loves books, children and steps right in and helps get all the holiday books stocked. Too good to be true, maybe, she has a little prison stay in her past, for murder, but DNA evidence proved her innocence and she was released.

    This probably would have only caused a small stir in this little town outside Madison but the crime level is up again in Rynwood. After the last PTA meeting, one of the members, Sam Helmsetter, is found strangled to death in his vehicle in the school parking lot. The new president of the PTA is convinced that Beth's new employee killed Sam Helmsetter. She organizes a boycott of The Children's Bookshelf until Beth fires her new employee and the police arrest her. Beth and her best friend Marina realize that the real killer is on the loose and just may be one of the PTA members. To save Yvonne's neck and reputation they know they have to do a little investigating on their own and help the police bag up the real strangler and try to keep themselves from from getting shredded in the process.



    Yes, Laura you are a writer and a fabulous storyteller. I loved this one even more than the last.

    This author is growing. The plot was more complex, the characters more defined, the story paced even better than the last. Beth's romance with Evan is progressing at a perfect pace, as are the relationships Evan has with Beth's children. I love the part where Evan saves the day in a really important way. The author also brings the now famous WisconSINS blog back into the picture.

    This a a fresh and vibrant addition to this delightful series. A cozy mystery not to be missed!!!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    Laura Alden writes a fun filled regional cozy

    In Rynwood, Wisconsin, single mother of two Beth Kennedy owns Children's Bookshelf and is Tarver Elementary PTA secretary, a position she accepted in order to give back to the community. The PTA normally meets on a Wednesday night, but this week they get together on Thursday because Beth has a proposal that she could not present on Wednesday as her employee refused to work late at her bookstore.

    Beth and her BFF Marina walk towards their car, but are surprised to see Sam Helmstetter's vehicle parked nearby as he left before them. They go over Sam's car to see if he needs help, only they find him apparently strangled to death; his scarf around his neck seemingly the murder weapon. Having solved one murder already (see Murder at the PTA), Beth and Marina agree to let the police solve this one. Bethe hires a woman who spent time in prison on a homicide conviction; DNA proved her innocence, but the townsfolk, thinking he is the killer, protest by picketing and boycotting her store. As she faces bankruptcy and to provide closure for Sam's widow, Beth accompanied by her sidekick tries to figure out who the killer is without hopefully the culprit becoming aware of their inquiry.

    Readers with elementary school children can relate to the heroine for obvious reasons and so will the rest of the amateur sleuth audience because Beth is an every woman trying to keep her business afloat. The single mom and her buddy resonate with fans as they search for clues and interview suspects, but try to do so without drawing suspicion from the culprit as to their investigation. Laura Alden writes a fun filled regional cozy filled with eccentric cheese head Packers.

    Harriet Klausner

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