Title: Schooled for Murder
Author: Cindy Muir
Review: The opening to Schooled for Murder was great we are introduced to our protagonist Laurel who is your average soccer mom who has a degree in journalism she hasn’t used for years. She is just going about her normal life when she gets the news that the school superintendent has been murdered and almost immediately her investigative brain kicks in and she wants to know more about what happened. As Laurel learns a tiny bit more about the murder the more intrigued she seems to be and I can already tell that she isn’t going to put it down until she knows every single detail about Byron Butler’s death.
As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel, Laurel uses her connections within the school to secretly find out all the information she can about the murder which seems to have her extremely fascinated, more so than the average person. She evens talks to the local sheriff’s deputy Darla for information and she is told that the sheriff’s department is being extremely tight-lipped about the murder which Laurel finds very strange and this only heightens her infatuation with the case although I am still unsure what ends this investigation meets for Laurel. When we think Laurel has hit a wall in her investigation she is spurred on by the fact that detectives from the Sheriff’s office are quietly threatening her for asking these questions and decides to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible despite having no leads or ideas.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel Laurel has a small list of suspects growing and is using every trick she knows in order to gather the information she needs but little does she know there are also people watching her as she investigates probably making sure she doesn’t dig too deep. Her husband also begins to take a icy view to her meddling which is strange as he has been nothing but lovely until this point. At this point I was thrilled with the novel as the pacing has been slow and not much has happened apart from a few threats so I am hoping that the novel will pick up very soon. As we cross into the second half of the novel Laurel decides to confer with a real PI on the Butler case and she finally feels as though she might get somewhere, but she is now aware she is being followed by the police for some reason which still remains unknown and I have a feeling Laurel might land herself in some real trouble.
As we approach the 3/4 mark in the novel I was beginning to doubt whether I would finish this novel because nothing has really happened and we over half way through the novel. While Laurel undoubtedly keep gathering Intel on the school, community and Butler the story just wasn’t going anywhere and I was getting very bored and was just trying to drag myself to the end of the novel. As we cross into the final section of the novel Laurel begins to zero in on Wallace Sanger as the prime suspect because he had a lot of oriental items in his home and had more than enough reason to hate Butler at the same time she is trying to hold the appearance of normal soccer mom and wife. When Laurel finally finds out who the killer is I was totally unprepared for what came next although I kind of suspected that this particular character had some part in the murder. Laurel as I suspected got herself in a jam but George the PI is on his way to her and I hope he finds her in time.
The ending of this novel was good and I was flying through the pages. Overall though I found this novel to be extremely slow and boring up until the last 20%. If this is your kind of novel then give it a go but for me this was average at best and it felt like the author couldn’t think of anything interesting to put in so she just dragged out Laurel’s mundane routine for 80% of the book.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley
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