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Murder at the PTA Luncheon (A Susan Henshaw Mystery)
     

Murder at the PTA Luncheon (A Susan Henshaw Mystery)

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by Valerie Wolzien, St Martin's Press (Other)
 

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A cyanide-laced canape — and the death of the PTA president who devoured it — had quite upset the spring luncheon of the affluent suburban Connecticut PTA, when a second PTA member dropped dead from a poisoned packet of artifical sweetener. Now Susan Henshaw, vice-president of the PTA, leads an investigation into an organization riddled with scandal, sex

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A cyanide-laced canape — and the death of the PTA president who devoured it — had quite upset the spring luncheon of the affluent suburban Connecticut PTA, when a second PTA member dropped dead from a poisoned packet of artifical sweetener. Now Susan Henshaw, vice-president of the PTA, leads an investigation into an organization riddled with scandal, sex and drugs . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two attractive but floundering detectives are pitted against a cabal of wealthy and devious suburban housewives in this uneven first novel set in affluent Hancock, Conn. State police detectives Brett Fortesque and Kathleen Somerville step in to aid the curiously inept local force in investigating the cyanide poisoning of two mainstays of the Hancock Elementary School PTA, Paula Porter and Jan Ick. Jan dies while eating the last canape on a tray at the annual PTA luncheon; Paula is poisoned while sipping iced tea at the local swim club. Under interrogation, Susan Henshaw, an eyewitness to Jan's death but a naive observer of the Hancock socio-economic scene, portrays a community composed of able, dedicated and selfless women working hard to raise money for their school. Other mothers, however, gradually reveal an unsavory aspect to life in the suburbs and a PTA dominated by byzantine political machinations. The solution to the mystery is labored and murky, lying beneath an endless lineup of parents and schoolteachers, most of them one-dimensional and unremarkable. A sputtering romance between the two detectives may or may not kindle. Despite its promising premise, the book does not rise above the ordinary. (February 23)
Library Journal
Inane chitchat, gratuitous details, and flat characters mar this bland first novel. The well-to-do community of Hancock, Connecticut, serves as the setting for two murders by poison. Both ladies worked hard for the PTA, so state policeman Brett Fortesqueblond, blue-eyed, and gorgeousconcentrates on unraveling a PTA power struggle. A friend of both women gets most of his attention, and much of the book conveys their endless conversations. In the end, the murders have nothing to do with the PTA, of course. Pass. REK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449146392
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Series:
Susan Henshaw Series , #1
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.64(d)

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Murder at the PTA Luncheon (A Susan Henshaw Mystery) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series of which this is the first book. Wish they all came in Nook format. This series only gets better as we learn about Susan Henshaw, her friends and her family.
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
Wealthy members of the local PTA in Hancock, Connecticut create a nice mix in this cozy mystery. After two PTA members are poisoned to death housewife Susan Henshaw aids the CT State Police team of Brett Fortesque and Kathleen Somerville to solve their murders. Susan's character is likeable and believable but I wish the author had given her a few more sleuthing skills. It was fun to read about the wealthy suburb, especially the Club and the expensive homes. I thought some descriptions of the PTA members fell flat because the author only describes the characters from Susan's point of view. The PTA members never really tell us their own story. The majority of the book focused on the police investigation and relied on Susan's background information for each PTA member. I was longing for a little more suspense with some twists and turns. I also wanted Susan to investigate the mystery a little bit more on her own. Police detective Kathleen's remarks throughout the story about wealthy spoiled woman seemed tedious to me... at one point I guessed that she might be the murderer! Although I loved the wealthy setting in a small town in CT, I thought the ending was a little dull. Everyone raves about this series so I will be reading a few more Susan Henshaw Mysteries to see what I missed!