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Amelia Prentice, a forty-something high school English teacher comfortable in her predictable routine, regains consciousness after tripping over the corpse of a former student in the safest of places, the public library. Returning to the classroom, she tries to pretend nothing happened. But when it becomes obvious that the victim’s death wasn’t an accident and she is now a murder suspect, she realizes that her cozy small-town life in New York’s Adirondack region will never be ...
Amelia Prentice, a forty-something high school English teacher comfortable in her predictable routine, regains consciousness after tripping over the corpse of a former student in the safest of places, the public library. Returning to the classroom, she tries to pretend nothing happened. But when it becomes obvious that the victim’s death wasn’t an accident and she is now a murder suspect, she realizes that her cozy small-town life in New York’s Adirondack region will never be the same.
Crazy things begin to happen: The victim’s mother disappears. Amelia’s friend Lily is thrown overboard from the Lake Champlain ferryboat. A mysterious millionaire from Montreal seems determined to buy Amelia’s house. The school nurse is viciously attacked by a student. Amelia’s old beau Gil suddenly seems determined to rekindle their romance. Amelia is carjacked, and of course, there’s the Lake Champlain Monster . . .
It will take all Amelia’s wisdom, humor, and faith to figure out what’s going on and embrace the new life that lies ahead. If she survives.
Posted September 1, 2013
I liked the friendship between Miss Prentice and Lily and enjoyed the middle-aged reunion of the main character and Gil, helped along by his intrepid nephew. I especially enjoyed Alec...and what will happen between him and Lily? The only thing that felt really contrived and out of character was Gil's reaction to Miss Prentice finally realizing what she wanted.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2013
I love this book and the writing style of E.E. Kennedy. Quirky, funny yet the book kept me wondering about the identity of the villian. A very good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2012
E. E. Kennedy in her new book, “Irregardless of Murder” Book One in the
Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery series published by Sheaf House Publishers
takes us into the life of Amelia Prentice. From the back cover: Amelia
Prentice, forty-something high school English teacher whose pet peeve is
the non-word ‘irregardless’, trips over the corpse of a former student
in the public library. Now her cozy small town life in the Adirondacks
will never be the same. Amelia returns to school, only to learn this
death was no accident and she’s a murder suspect. Then the victim’s
mother disappears; friend Lily is thrown overboard from the Lake
Champlain ferryboat, a mysterious millionaire wants to buy Amelia’s
house, the school nurse is viciously attacked and Amelia’s old beau Gil
seems interested again.And, of course, there’s the Lake Champlain
monster. It will take all Amelia’s wisdom, humor and faith to figure
out what’s going on. If she survives… I have to admit I miss the
classic mystery novels by the masters: Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie
and Earl Stanley Gardner who would provide a murder bring in their
respective investigators or lawyer and give the reader such twists and
turns until the mystery was resolved. Very difficult to get stories
like that anymore. That is until now. Welcome E. E. Kennedy who with
her new heroine, Amelia Prentice, gives us a taste of what those classic
stories used to give us. There is a murder in the copy room at the
public library of all places and Amelia literally trips over the body.
Now she is the suspect in the murder and she sets out to find who really
did it. However, the deceased left something behind, something the
murderer has killed for and will kill again until he gets it. The
murderer thinks Amelia has it, she doesn’t know what it is nor does she
know she has it. Time is running out for her to find out who did it and
why before she becomes the next victim. Ms. Kennedy has crafted a page
turner worthy of the old masters, an exciting event, some story, another
exciting event, more story. And the mystery is terrific. You want to
figure out who us behind everything but you just can’t seem to and so
you flip another page hoping for an answer which doesn’t come until the
satisfactory end. E. E. Kennedy is a fun author that makes reading
enjoyable even if you are sitting on the edge of your chair. Don’t
bother bringing a beverage to drink while you read because you will
forget it is there the story is that intense. Ms. Kennedy batted a
thousand on this one. I highly recommend it. If you would like to
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Posted March 2, 2002
Miss Amelia Prentice, a high school teacher, is alone after the death of her parents. When weird things begin to happen to her and her friends after the death of a student, she must find out who is responsible and find a new life for herself at the same time. She has a lot of surprises in store. A very funny book with lots of mysterious surprises.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2001
Irregardless of Murder is a wonderful puzzle, complete with all its pieces; clever, entertaining and hard to put down. This is how I would describe Ellen Edwards Kennedy and her cozy mystery, which introduces Miss Amelia Prentice¿amateur sleuth. <br><br>Amelia Prentice is a high school English teacher in a small town. Aside from Sam, her mother¿s cat, she lives by herself in a big, old, lonely house. Her mother only recently has passed on. While at the library to make copies for her students, Prentice stumbles across the body of one of her students, Marguerite LeBow.<br><br>At first police have very few suspects as they look into the young girl¿s suspicious death. Few suspects, that is, aside from Amelia Prentice. As Miss Prentice and Vern, the nephew of an old boyfriend, conduct an investigation of their own, things only seem to get more obscure. They have one solid clue to work with, the letters UDJ. The only problem is, no one knows what the letters stand for.<br><br>Whomever it is responsible for the murder of LeBow, they do not want to be found out and will kill again to protect their identity. As Miss Prentice and Vern get closer and closer to the truth, the search for answers turns into something more dangerous. Several attempts are made on their lives. <br><br>The sub-plots spinning around behind the murder mystery are as equally strong and agreeable. The romance involved is creative and properly proportioned. Ellen Edwards Kennedy knows how to develop characters into genuine beings. She knows her craft and can create very believable scenes and settings. Her prose flow, her dialogue rings true. Her plot is solid. All of these ingredients coupled together make for an extremely enjoyable read! If this is Kennedy¿s first attempt, I am eagerly looking forward for more novels to come. <br><br>--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Third Ring, Tenth House & Mind Play (BookBrowser.com)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Every Thursday evening, long time high school English teacher, Miss Amelia Prentice goes to the public library to mark her students¿ papers. However, this week Amelia trips in the copy room, banging her head and lying on the floor unconscious. When she reawakens the police among others are there. Detective O¿Brien asks her questions until he realizes that Amelia is unaware that she tripped over the corpse of a former student Marguerite LeBow. <P>Amelia refuses to accept some cretin coach as a substitute. Instead she heroically goes to her classroom with her goal to pretend no involvement in the case. As the police keep questioning on why she was making 67 copies in the library¿s copy room, Amelia concludes that she is a prime suspect. Accompanied by the nephew of a friend, Amelia sets out to prove her innocence and demonstrate that those who teach English can catch the murderer that is if the culprit does not kill her first. <P> Regardless of sub-genre preference mystery fans will enjoy IRREGARDLESS OF MURDER, an engaging amateur sleuth tale starring an eccentric heroine. The endearing lead character will remind readers of a dedicated teacher from their salad days who quoted Shakespeare and Dickens and called out your name in Pig Latin. Ellen Edwards Kennedy provides a strong who-done-it because of the cast that feels like a small town ensemble, but in the end Miss Prentice steals the show and turns this novel into an A+ paper. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.