When the reckless teenaged Rousseau brothers, J.T. and Dustin, attempt to cross a frozen Lake Champlain in their ancient VW, what they find plunges them into hot water, not cold. Their guilt in a brutal murder is obvious to everyone except English teacher Amelia Prentice Dickensen, freshly returned from her honeymoon with new husband Gil, who is determined to find the clue that will prove them innocent: a single bullet.
Despite a falling out with best friend Lily, parents irate over a low grade, a missing cat, and a strange illness that strikes when least expected, Amelia is determined to find the truth. Unless she is frozen out by an equally determined murderer . . .
(From Goodreads) As a teen, E.E. Kennedy nursed the dream of being a Broadway star, but since she couldn’t stand rejection, she chose being a writer instead. (Who knew?) Life has been kind to E.E. She’s married to an inventor who understands the creative process. She’s the grandmother of 5 children whose cuteness really cuts into her writing time!
She decided to start writing when she ran out of Agatha Christies and couldn’t find anything else she wanted to read. “Okay,” she said, “I’ll write something I’d want to read.” And she did. On alternate days, she thinks her work is brilliant and miserable, but she keeps at it and is grateful for her gracious publisher, Sheaf House, who seems happy to publish her mysteries. Her mission statement is a hokey one: “wholesome entertainment”.
Death Dangles A Participle has everything I could want in a cozy mystery — quaint small town setting, fun characters, a puzzling mystery and a determined sleuth. It is also a clean read with a faith message subtly woven through. An added bonus is that the amateur detective is an English teacher who silently (at least sometimes) corrects the grammar of everyone with whom she comes in contact. This is fun, quick escape fiction at its best!
Miss Amelia Prentice is now Mrs. Dickensen, something of which she has to continually remind people. Married life suits her, but there are a number of adjustments to old relationships and habits. But when two of her students are accused of murder, the old Amelia decides to do some investigating.
I really enjoyed E.E. Kennedy’s second book in the Miss Prentice Mystery series. Like her first book, Irregardless of Murder (you can read my review HERE), the ever observant Amelia begins investigating when she thinks the authorities are dragging their heels. Quick-witted and shrewd, she nevertheless gets into trouble when the bad guys discover what she’s up to. Although the novel can be read as a standalone, I recommend you begin at the beginning. I’m sure Miss Prentice, er Mrs. Dickensen would approve! All three books in the series are available and are only $2.99 each on Kindle!
(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)