Book Review: Death by Diploma

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Kelley Kaye
February 23, 2016

Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends. Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest. As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

My Review

Death by Diploma is a cozy mystery novel that follows Emma Lovett and Leslie Parker, two high school teachers, through their adventures of solving a murder, which is discovered by Emma one morning upon arriving to school.

The book really kept my attention all the way through, and I thought that it was very well written. The editing was well done, and it was easy to read. It was quite neat the amount of Shakespeare quotes that were able to be incorporated into dialogue. The dynamic between the two main characters was also great. They were two very different personalities that worked well together. I hope that in future books of the series, the author works more to develop Emma’s character. I felt that Leslie’s character was very clearly defined, but that Emma’s character was flat at times.

My only (minor) gripe with the book was that Emma’s  southern accent was written into the dialogue. I thought it was very odd at first, and it was a bit irritating, but I got used to it eventually. I haven’t seen this before, so it caught me a bit off guard.

I hope to see more books from this author, and I’d recommend the read for something fun and light-hearted, yet still full of lots of twists and turns.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.