Mother’s Day, Muffins and Murder
A Mom Zone Mystery, Book #10
With summer approaching, Ellie Avery s schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids school and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?”
As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother’s Day breakfast even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren’t exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there’s only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town.
But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she s a mess. It looks like Gabrielle s seen a ghost or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes . . . only to mysteriously reappear later at the school.
Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal’s identity. Because if she doesn t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder . . .
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The characters are well rounded and well developed. Ellie is a hard working mom who can handle two kids, her organizing business, end-of-the-school-year activities, and searching for a dead body. That is a lot to handle but if anyone can do it, Ellie can. I really enjoy the fact that Ellie is a mom, she has to consider her children before she does anything dangerous. I liked reading about the after school activities and the day to day routines that she had with her children. I think it added another dimension to the book.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me. I felt like I could here the school bells ringing and seeing all of the children in the hallways. I had to laugh at the “car circle” dropoff and pickup and the way no one dared to disrupt the flow. I enjoyed the whole idea of this book revolving around the end of the school year, it brought back memories.
The author is also very talented in creating tension and suspense with the written word, The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book and added suspense is thrown in during the later chapters of the book. There were enough suspects, twists and turn and red herrings to sift through that I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end. I thought I might know the who but I did not have any idea as to the why.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I have read many of the books in this series and I have enjoyed them all. Check out this book, and the rest in the series, and see what you think.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.