Plotting at the PTA (PTA Mystery Series #3)

Plotting at the PTA (PTA Mystery Series #3)

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by Laura Alden
     
 

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Good thing Beth Kennedy likes to multi-task. As a PTA secretary, children’s bookstore owner, and single mom, Beth has to work hard to schedule time for sleuthing…

Beth is excited about the spring PTA project—the Senior Story Session, which pairs elderly residents of Sunny Rest Assisted Living with Tarver Elementary students to…  See more details below

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Good thing Beth Kennedy likes to multi-task. As a PTA secretary, children’s bookstore owner, and single mom, Beth has to work hard to schedule time for sleuthing…

Beth is excited about the spring PTA project—the Senior Story Session, which pairs elderly residents of Sunny Rest Assisted Living with Tarver Elementary students to produce a book that the PTA can sell as a fundraiser.

But her enthusiasm is dampened when she discovers one of her regular customers at the bookstore, Amy Jacobson, has died from bee stings. What are bees doing out so unseasonably early in Wisconsin—and why wouldn’t Amy, who was deathly allergic, have taken greater care to avoid them?

Now it’s up to Beth to get the buzz on who used killer bees to send Amy Jacobson to her eternal rest…  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bookstore owner, PTA secretary, and single mom Beth Kennedy has to fit a murder investigation or two into her schedule in Alden’s enjoyable if padded third PTA mystery (after 2011’s Foul Play at the PTA). When Beth discovers that a favored customer at her Rynwood, Wis., bookstore, Amy Jacobson, has died from shock after multiple bee stings, she believes Amy’s death was not the freak accident the police claim. Meanwhile, Beth promises an elderly friend to look into the death of her great-niece, Kelly, more than 20 years earlier, an apparent suicide by drowning. When Beth realizes that Kelly and Amy were close friends, she risks her own life to prove that neither the drowning nor the anaphylactic shock was anything short of cold-blooded murder. Digressions involving supporting characters mean the school year is almost over before amateur sleuth Beth is able to connect all the dots. Agent: Jessica Faust, Bookends. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101586921
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
PTA Mystery Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
269,143
File size:
549 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Plotting at the PTA 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Beth Kennedy has a wonderful money making idea for the P.T.A. A project that matches a Senior Citizen from a local assisted living center with Tarver Elementary students so that the elders can share their stories. The students then write up the information to publish in a book for the group to sell. Beth gets a little sidetracked when one of regular customers at the bookstore, Amy Jacobson, dies after receiving several bee stings. It seems a little early for bees in Wisconsin and Amy was so very careful whenever she ventured outside. Beth finds herself buzzing around trying to get the rest of the story. Who may have wanted Amy stung permanently? Beth always finds herself hip deep in a mystery and those mysteries usually involve murder. She is so easy to identify with because her huge heart shines through in everything she does. Even when she is trapped into doing something she doesn't want to do. I found myself not liking Auntie May here and there but she also reminded me a lot of my mother. :) The story has it's twists and turns and one very surprising development. This author's writing continues to get better and better. She is letting her characters evolve so naturally. Beth is getting to know her customers. She knows when they do things that just aren't normal for them. The dialogue between Marina and Beth is fresh and full of humor. The members are the P.T.A. are unique and real, every school group has a Claudia. The next installment has been set up. Beth is sure to have some challenges ahead. I can't wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy reading all of these books. A great set of fun and likeable characters plus an interesting mystery--I am looking forward to reading the next one when it is available.
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staciTX More than 1 year ago
This book was great!!!! love her humor. a light read.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Knowing her good friend and learning about her death, Beth suspects that there is more to her death, so Beth sets out to see if she can learn more surrounding the days before her friend’s untimely death. Meanwhile one of the seniors, hearing about Beth's exploits in solving murders, wants her to investigate a 20-year old death. As Beth pursues both cases, her search for answers becomes more urgent. This was a good read in this light-hearted and charming whodunit. The writing is crisp, the flow is evenly paced and I like the way the story progressed and kept me guessing as to how this drama would end. It’s all about the relationship in this character-driven tale and I especially love the comedic tone that is found throughout this story. Beth is a great character and her relationships and concerns with her friends and family makes her a good sleuth. This was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in this wonderful series.