Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder

An Ellie Avery Mystery, #10

An outstanding novel from the get go! Lots of action and plenty of time to figure out who killed the school janitor. The ending is sudden, but does tie everything up neatly. Great character development and light-hearted moments also aid in making this a stellar story. Definitely a book to take on vacation or a trip to the bathtub!

It's nearing the end of the school year, and it's time for teacher appreciation week. With tons of activities going on, how could a body appear and then disappear on school property? Then when the body is rediscovered, and the police become involved, secrets start to pop out all over the school. But the biggest secret is who killed Klea and why?

Ellie Avery is on the scene nearly everywhere as she is a parent of elementary kids, one who works part-time as an organizer, and is part of the PTA appreciation committee for teachers this year. Not only is Ellie busy figuring out who killed Klea, but there are plenty of secrets in the school, and secrets have a habit of getting people killed. There's blackmail going on, there is an author of steamy romances working at the school, and even perhaps some unauthorized people working at the school. But thanks to Ellie, all these secrets and more get exposed.

This novel is the tenth book in a series, but does well as a standalone. There is little lag time between each sequence of events, so beware you won't want to set this down until the book is done. I enjoyed the end of some of the chapters which discuss how to organize volunteers for one or more PTA events. These are very helpful, especially if one is not aware how much organizational skills it takes to do a school event let alone a classroom event. This reader hasn't read the other nine books, but she plans to soon.

Book Blurb for Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder

With summer approaching, Ellie Avery’s schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids’ school—and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?

As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother's Day breakfast—even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren't exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there's only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town.

But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she’s a mess. It looks like Gabrielle’s seen a ghost—or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes . . . only to mysteriously reappear later at the school.

Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal’s identity. Because if she doesn’t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder . . .

Don’t miss Ellie Avery’s great tips for PTA moms!

Praise for Sara Rosett and her Ellie Avery mysteries…

“Some cozies just hit on all cylinders, and Rosett’s Ellie Avery titles are among the best.” —Library Journal


“Rosett’s latest Ellie Avery mystery is about a woman trying to protect her family, and that’s a message most of us can relate to.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars


“Intriguing characters, a strong setting, more than a dash of humor and a suspenseful plot that keeps us guessing until the end . . . Yet, what places air force wife Ellie Avery at the top of my list are the poignant descriptions of what military families face every day.” —Katherine Hall Page


“A winning mystery . . . a rumor of hidden money, secret letters from a famous recluse, a fire, a threatening message, and a crazed gunman add to the cozy mischief.” —Publishers Weekly


“Engaging…nifty party tips help keep the sleuthing on the cozy side.” —Publishers Weekly


“Keeps readers moving down some surprising paths—and on the edge of their chairs—until the very end.” —Cozy Library

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2017 4.50