Friday, February 17, 2023

Murder at the PTA

 Well, I have been to some contentious PTA meetings in my time but never one that ends up in murder.  Murder at the PTA is the first book in the Maya and Sandra mysteries which I found on Kindle Unlimited.  It is different than most of the cozies I read because it has an MC who is a private investigator.  Normally my books just have amateur sleuths.  This book was alright but wasn't the most engaging of the cozies I have read this year.   I think the characters in this book were a bit too edgy for me.  But, it is perfect for readers who are looking for an MC that isn't the wholesome, girl next door character.  They mystery itself was well written for me it was just about not necessarily liking or warming up to the characters.  I think I prefer Lee Hollis' other series about Hayley Powell who is a private chef. 

Murder at the PTAMurder at the PTA by Lee Hollis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

great cozy with strong female leads

Unlike many cozies with amateur female detectives this one has 2 strong women who find themselves working together. They support each other in solving the case but also in helping each other weather some trying personal disappointments. Maya and Sandra make an unexpected pair but watching their friendship and partnership develop is as engaging as the actual mystery. I look forward to reading more about their PI cases together

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #  6
  2. AtoZ   #2023AtoZReadingChallenge  #AlphabetSoupChallenge  M
  3. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 1
  4. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 -1
  5. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book # 6
  6. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book # 5
  7. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #1
  8. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #3
  9. Craving for Cozies  Book #3
  10. Six Shooter Challenge  Target # 50 Shot #2
  11. Medical Examiner Challenge 1 Toe Tags
  12. 23 in 2023 # 7 A book with a tricycle or other child-related object on the cover
  13. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2023  #11 A Book about Secrets
  14. 52 books in 52 weeks  #7 sleuths
  15. Around the Year in 52 Books #2 A book by an author you read in 2022 
  16. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #49 Read any book from a series
  17. Bookworm #3 Read a book with a female main character
  18. BooklistQueen  #booklistqueenreadingchallenge2023  #37. Detective Story
  19. Beat the Backlist #BTB2023  #31 protagonist name starts with “M” 
  20. Cozy Mysteries   #10 Main character is different than you 
  21. HP Quidditch 23 #11 Nimbus 2001: Set or written after 2001
  22. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #49 Read any book from a series
  23. Nerd Daily #thenerddaily #nerdreading2023 #31 SILVER ON COVER
  24. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #31 A book about a family 
  25. Pick your Poison  # 77 A book about marriage
  26. Read with Allison #41 Multiple POVs
  27. Sci and Nature # 35 That was Sustainably Acquired (library, used, borrowed, etc.):
  28. Unruly Reader Bingo  #19 Electives
  29. Read Around the US   Maine

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