High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.
Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.
Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.
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This is the second book in the series about an English teacher who's moved to a small town where the police isn't the brightest. At all. Along with her friends, they end up investigating happenings in their school on their own. This time, many students and even Emma herself have received threats when someone is actually killed. That's when Emma meets the forensics doctor Will, who'll join forces with her friends in finding out the culprit, and sway her heart from Hunter. I've read the first number and I remember complaining a little about how the text didn't flow well. As I had already read her most recent release, I knew Bowles had improved a lot, and I confirmed the fact in this book. It's almost all fixed, though I'd say it's still not 100%, and the editor could have done a more radical work. Still, this is way above average and you'll find no problems. Also, it's just a problem with the flow; it's perfect grammatically. I think I wouldn't have noticed if I didn't remember the first one, to be honest. As for the story, it took me longer to feel invested about the victim. This time, it's even a bigger mystery, so we learn about her little by little, while for the first one I was immediately crying for the poor guy. On the other hand, Emma's doubts about her relationship with Hunter seemed very real, to a point I didn't know which guy I'd choose. Bowles would also be successful writing romances about love triangles—then again I'm not into those; they drive me crazy from anxiety! She'd still excel there, considering how even I, the reader, couldn't decide which I'd choose if I were Emma. Again, my favorite part, and I was glad it was also present here, was when Emma talked about teaching. She's now in her second year teaching but there's still a lot for her to learn (as a teacher myself in my fifth year, I'm not even halfway there). Anyway, these bits were always interesting! Last, I wish there was more about Emma's past, even Leslie still seems to hide things, but the book never got into it. Is it being saved for the third? I don't think it'll be easy to give an excuse for a third murder in the same school without it being closed forever after that, so... Sorry, it's that I was already curious from the first and the second didn't help at all, lol
Quirky and a little crazy, this cozy mystery will keep readers on their toes as murder hits close to home in the hallowed halls of education. High school teacher Emma Lovett and her best friend, Leslie are determined to find justice for cheerleader, Kristen Hollis. Will they be putting themselves in the cross hairs of danger? How can they find a murderer when the murder weapon is far from normal? The plot thickens as the list of suspects grows. Was it the new teacher? The zealot preacher? A student isn’t out of the question, either, but the method for murder is like a snake in the grass, well-hidden and very deadly. POISON BY PUNCTUATION by Kelley Kaye pits a fledgling teacher, her Shakespeare quoting friend, their insatiable curiosity and dogged termination against the unknown as suspects are eliminated in this venomous tale of death and detective work. Rapid-fire dialogue, uncanny luck and a little science make this tale an entertaining take on who-dunnits as Emma and Leslie are once again up to their chalkboards in solving the murder equation before the victim count rises. Can they balance the scales of justice by following the clues or will their journey lead them straight to the principal’s office for detention and a time out? Kelley Kaye’s style is light, filled with some fabulous twists and hidden turns that will make a mystery lover take notice! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Red Adept and Kelley Kaye!
A must read for all whodunit fans! Author Kelley Kaye weaves a witty mystery adventure, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a humorous and entertaining story in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis. Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student. Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.’ Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my second time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed yet again. The first book in the series, Death by Diploma (Chalkboard Outlines Book 1) is also well worth checking out. Poison by Punctuation had every element a good story should have. An intriguing plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. Very appealing and alluring, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of whodunit moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly mysterious and intriguing journey. It’s one of those books that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader. I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Kelley Kaye in the future. I would recommend this book and would love to see it adapted for Television. In my humble opinion, I honestly think this would make a great series. Five stars from me.