Homeschooling Can Be Murder

Homeschooling Can Be Murder

by Susan Lyttek

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BN ID: 2940014980005
Publisher: Pelican Ventures Book Group-Harbourlight Books
Publication date: 07/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 498 KB

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Homeschooling Can Be Murder 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Homeschooling Can Be Murder by Susan Lyttek is a Christian cozy mystery. Jeanine Talbott is married to James Talbott who is in the army. James has gotten his order that they are moving to Gentle Springs. Jeanine does not want to move and does everything possible to avoid it as long as possible. She does not even go with James to pick out the new house (she lets him buy it alone—big mistake). When Jeanine cannot delay any longer, she travels to her new home with her son, Justin (soccer tournament delayed them). That is when Jeanine finds out that James bought a house next to a cemetery. Jeanine has a strong aversion to cemeteries and graveyards. They have no sooner arrived when James is sent out of town on assignment. Then the noises and lights start appearing every night in the cemetery. They try the police, but they will no longer respond to calls from the house (because of the previous owner). One morning Jeanine lets the dog out and he escapes the yard (someone left the gate open). Jeanine and the children (Justin and Josie) find Jelly (the dog) in the cemetery guarding a dead body and Justin’s soccer bowl is nearby. The problem is the person is newly deceased (the graveyard is no longer being used). Who killed him and why was he left in the cemetery? Homeschooling Can Be Murder is a Christian cozy mystery that seems to be aimed more at tweens and young adults. It is a cute but simple story. It is easy to read and has a good pace. I liked the goods in the book (better than the mother). The book is a has too much religion for my tastes (it could be toned down). I give Homeschooling Can Be Murder 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). A few things bothered me in the book. The mother takes her children into the cemetery and lets them view a dead body (one kids touches it). She lets them participate in the investigation (which leads to the children being in a dangerous situation). What mother would do this (that is why I think this is book is aimed at a younger audience). The mystery was the best part of the book. It was easy to solve, but I liked the turn it took (treasure and tunnels). I would definitely recommend this book for tweens. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
A Fun Christian Cozy Mystery. Jeanine, "Neenie" as her husband calls her, is an army wife. Being an army wife means moving often, but this time, Jeanine is reluctant to upend her children from the town they have been in for the past few years. Her children and family are so involved in the community, that when her husband gets orders to move she sends him on to look for a house without her. He finds the house of their dreams, her says, but forgets one detail, it's next to a civil war graveyard. Jeanine does NOT like being next to a graveyard, in fact her father mentions her aversion to cemeteries at one point in the story. Adding to Jeanine's frustration is the fact that James, her husband, is sent out of town for training almost right after they arrive and move into the new house. Normally you would expect a graveyard to be quiet, but not this one. At night, there are lots of noises and lights floating around that scare her, the dog and the kids. The next morning she lets the dog out to do his business and finds the gate open. Jelly, the slobbering bulldog, heads off into the cemetery and when Jeanine reluctantly goes after him she finds him guarding a dead body. Only this one is not buried, he is newly dead. Can they solve the mystery of the dead man? What is causing the moaning and the lights at night? Jeanine and the kids find themselves in the midst of a great mystery involving treasure hunters and town secrets. This was a relatively quick read. It is definitely a Christian story as the characters pray, attend church, etc. as a major part of the storyline. There were some instances of misuse of pronouns as well as omitted words. One thing I noticed which always bothers me, is the use of "on accident" instead of "by accident". I guess they just slipped through, but I expect published works to be more flawless. I did enjoy the story and the characters, especially the children and the Folgers, the people they bought the house from. There are two more books in this series that I will need to check out. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Homeschooling Can Be Murder - The Talbot Family Mystery 1 Author: Susan Lyttek Published: 7-13-12 Publisher: Pelican Book Group/Harbourlight Books Pages: 179 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Sub Genre: Christian Fiction; Inspirational; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781611161854 ASIN: B008N3GPU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Jeanine Talbot is dragging her feet in packing up her home and selecting a new home in the area where her husband is being transferred to. As an Army wife she knew it was coming but hates leaving her friends and memories. As she procrastinates James goes and finds a home which Jeanine approves sight unseen. When she finally put the finishing touches to closing her life in Georgia, says goodbye to her Dad and arrives in Gentle Springs. It seems James forgot to mention one tiny thing about the gem of a home to Jeanine. The home is located right next to a cemetery. Shortly after arriving Jeanine, Josie her daughter, and the family dog Jelly are awakened by strange moaning sounds and glowing lights coming from the graveyard. When James is sent off for special training, Jeanine and her children, Justin age 10 and Josie age 8, stay behind to settle in. After a particularly disturbing night Jeanine lets Jelly out and finds the gate left open. Following him to the cemetery she finds him by the grave of the town's local hero. Laying on the grave is the body of a man who has ties to the home the Talbots just bought. Jeanine and the kids decide to look into the name of the man who's grave the body was found on. And investigate the history of their home and the man killed. This is definitely a Christian Cozy that will grab your interest from the first paragraph and keeps it to the climactic ending. There are plenty of twists and turns and also a subtle message of God's love for us even as we fight Him and His plan for you. Fast moving with a gripping tale of murder, revenge, secrets someone is willing to kill to keep buried and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story, but it is in need of serious editing for problems from punctuation to over use of pet words (jalopy) to incorrect phrasing ("try and" should be "try to")
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book which will be enjoyed by military, homeschooling, and soccer families who love a good mystery. Though the title implies a homeschool theme, it is really only secondary to the story. Also, the main children are a little too smart to be believable, but that' s why it's called fiction. A murder woven around a Civil War cemetery and The Underground Railroad will keep you interested to the end. There is no bad language or smut, proving you don't need that to make a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this mystery that twisted it's way through a cemetery, underground tunnels and peoples lives and histories. We are "homeschooled" on how we can use our knowledge, our talents, love for family and friends and a commitment to God and following Him, to find the solutions for many problems, mysterious and otherwise. A good book for the entire family. I'm a grandmother and I loved it.