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Back to School Murder: 04/17/22

Back to School Murder

Back to School Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Narrator) is the fourth Lucy Stone mystery. Lucy has a part time job at the local newspaper, basic typing, selling ads and the like. With the money she's earning, she decides to take a literature class at the local college.

All of that is complicated first with a bombing at the elementary school. Then the woman who was the hero of the day is murdered. Lucy who has the chance for her first big scoop ends up learning more than she cares to about the town's would be hero.

Although the book is twenty-five years old, there are parts of it that ring remarkably and unfortunately true. There is a school board in the grips of some ultra conservatives. There are the willfully ignorant parents who hate anyone and anything different. Lucy, while she slowly comes around does more times than I'm comfortable with, parrot the bigotry of those around her.

Taking away the ripped from the headlines details, the mystery itself is pretty basic. Structurally it's similar to [LINK]Coached in the Act[/LINK] by Victoria Laurie (2021). The main difference is the murder victim's job.

The fifth book is Valentine Murder (1999).

Three stars

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