Update: I Finished My October Book!

It took me awhile to update my post on Books! because October tends to be a very busy month.  School has been in session for a while and it is just before the onslaught of the holiday season.  But, true to my word, yes, I did finish that book Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden and I really liked it.

Ok, so the book doesn’t have this in-depth plot or deep, tragic characters but it is an entertaining, light (dubbed ‘mystery’) read.  The story is about Beth, a divorced mother of two, who shares custody of them with her foo foo husband (not fun at all!  So bossy and know-it-all!  I’d hate to be married to someone like that, LOL!) in a small town.  She is coerced by her best friend, Marina, to join the PTA and become its secretary so that she can do something with her life other than spending it in the bookstore she owns and runs or staying at home with the kids all the time.  So Beth relents and almost immediately the fun begins….I mean, the mystery/drama/murder begins.  The children’s principal, Agnes Mephisto, is murdered in her home soon after Beth joins the PTA and Marina takes it upon herself to elect her and Beth to solve the murder.  Beth resists but is eventually so involved in her amateur Nancy Drew attempts to solve the murder that she risks her life and that of her family when she gets too close to finding out who murdered Agnes.  It turns out that there are a lot of suspects because no one liked Agnes or her no-nonsense way of running the school.  Along the way, Beth finds a deep connection with her children, finds out that she is stronger than she ever thought after her divorce, and finds a new love interest in an irresistibly, good-looking man I can almost imagine in front of me.  Yum!  Oh, sorry!

This book is not a deep, lesson learned, life-changing story.  It’s just a well-written, enjoyable read.  My criterion was met:  I got into the story and I couldn’t put it down.  My favorite character is Marina because she is so funny, right up to the end.  She is a lot like me in a way, finding humor in almost everything.  I like the blog title featured in the book that is written by one of the characters (I can’t tell you because then that would give a major part of the story away).  I like that the story takes place in a small town in Wisconsin; I mean, who’s ever heard of Rynwood, Wisconsin?  It gives the story that homey, cozy, close-knit legitimacy.  I also like that Beth owns a children’s bookstore.  If I owned something in a small town that would probably be it.

Overall, I give the book and A because it is a good, easy read.  The ending was a little fast, maybe even a little flat (I didn’t like what the money was used for, lame!) but I liked knowing that I didn’t correctly figure out beforehand who killed Agnes and why, even with all of Beth’s clues.  (I’m no Nancy Drew, that’s for sure!)  The only thing I didn’t like about the book is the long, extended explanation of Agnes’s family life.  It was just weird and boring.  Otherwise, every single character came to life.  I imagined what they might look like; every time each character came up, it was easy to see them right there in front of me.  It was so vivid.

What do you think?  Might pick it up?  It’s an option.  I hope so!  LOL!

Till November’s book!

Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden

Grade: A!

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