MURDER AT THE PTA
Book 1 in the Maya and Sandra Mysteries
by Lee Hollis
A Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition
As a big time fan of author Lee Hollis’ Hayley Powell Food & Cocktail Mysteries, I was beyond excited to hear of this new series. When starting this book, I hoped I would like it at least half as much as I do the Hayley Powell series.
While MURDER AT THE PTS turned out to be a well written story, and a good start to a new series, I have to say it doesn’t read like a typical cozy. The subject matter is more mainstream mystery. Subjects like affairs, and drugs are present as more than passing mentions. (I kn0w, these are small town issues as well, but not so much in cozies) There is also mild profanity, and the word B*sta.. pops up at least once.
Now, I know what you must be thinking. “Lisa didn’t like this book.” That’s far from true. I devoured MURDER AT THE PTA in one sitting. However, I know many who read my reviews are cozy “purists” like I am, and I felt the need to mention the above. If you like all sub-genres of mysteries, you have got to read this book.
There was one revelation wasn’t such a surprise to me, but the story was a good mystery, and the identity of the killer surprised me. This really was a well done introduction to a series. Lee Hollis made sure to allow us time to get to know the characters. I really like Maya and Sandra, and look forward to watching their partnership and friendship grow.
If you’re looking for a new mystery series to start, and you’re a fan of the old song HARPER VALLEY PTA, you’re going to want to read, MURDER AT THE PTA.
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