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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Class Reunions Are Murder

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713032

For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.
Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
What I Thought:

This was a great read from the very beginning.  First I totally related to Poppy because she is close to my age, my next High School reunion will be my 25th.  Most of the time, the protagonist is a lot younger than me, so it was refreshing to read about someone in their 40s.  Poppy is newly widowed and receives and invite to her 25th High School Reunion, so she uses it as an excuse to visit her eccentric aunt.  Of course the reunion is as awful as Poppy feared, especially when she finds the ex-head cheerleader dead.  Of course Poppy is the main suspect, so she has to prove her innocence.  This one kept my attention from the very beginning.  It was very well written, and had many laugh-out-loud moments.  The plot was well though out and believable.  I thought the characters were well developed and the setting was perfect.  I was totally shocked by the ending which is what I like in a cozy, to be left guessing till the very end. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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  1. Thanks for the review on "Class Reunions Are Murder" and for being part of the book tour!

    I can't want until I have the chance to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Class Reunions Are Murder sounds like a great book -- thanks for featuring it on your blog. I have a class reunion coming up this year -- not too sure how I feel about it. At least there shouldn't be a murder!

  3. I like reading stories with an older protagonist as well.

  4. This book looks so good--I'd love to read it!