Murder at the PTA

Murder at the PTA

First in a new series!Someone is trying to turn Portland High into a school for scandal with a gossipy website called Dirty Laundry. The latest target of ruinous rumors is newly elected PTA president Sandra Wallage. After a heated meeting with outraged parents, Sandra runs into fellow school mom and private investigator Maya Kendrick, who's discovered the person behind the...

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Title:Murder at the PTA
Author:Lee Hollis
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Edition Language:English

Murder at the PTA Reviews

  • Linda 📚

    A great new series set in Maine featuring a pair of unlikely protagonists—housewife, Sandra Wallage, and female P.I., Maya Kendrick. The plot is nifty, and zips along, centering around topics right out of today’s news. Plenty of chuckles throughout, plus a whopper of a shocking ending/reveal! Wow! I can hardly wait to read the next story. Now, I’m going to listen to the old song, Harper Valley PTA!

    I received an ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you.

    A great new series set in Maine featuring a pair of unlikely protagonists—housewife, Sandra Wallage, and female P.I., Maya Kendrick. The plot is nifty, and zips along, centering around topics right out of today’s news. Plenty of chuckles throughout, plus a whopper of a shocking ending/reveal! Wow! I can hardly wait to read the next story. Now, I’m going to listen to the old song, Harper Valley PTA! 😊

    I received an ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you.

  • Karen

    This was a great first book in a new series!

    It’s a Barnes and Noble exclusive so I am glad I picked up a copy when I was in the U.S.

    The whodunit had a great twist and I cannot wait to read the next one in the series.

  • Wolverinefactor

    More like a 4.5

    Quick note: I know one of the authors and it’s the reason I buy these books I would otherwise not read.

    I’ve read the first 5 or so of their other series and it’s hit or miss and honestly a tad bit unbelievable at this point.

    Anyway, this book has me hooked early. The characters are likable and the mystery constantly had me guessing.

    I’m that guy who always figures out the killer almost instantly. This one kept me guessing until the reveal.

  • Ashley Cate

    Murder at the PTA is the first book in a new series by Lee Hollis. I have been a fan of the Hayley Powell mystery series for a long time and was really excited when I heard that Lee Hollis had a new series coming out. I really enjoyed Murder at the PTA. It's definitely not your classic cozy mystery but the mystery was strong, the characters were really great, and it was full of twists and turns that led to a shocking conclusion. I definitely did not see the ending coming. I am excited to see

    Murder at the PTA is the first book in a new series by Lee Hollis. I have been a fan of the Hayley Powell mystery series for a long time and was really excited when I heard that Lee Hollis had a new series coming out. I really enjoyed Murder at the PTA. It's definitely not your classic cozy mystery but the mystery was strong, the characters were really great, and it was full of twists and turns that led to a shocking conclusion. I definitely did not see the ending coming. I am excited to see where this series goes from here and look forward to reading future books in the series.

  • Karen

    This was a decent plot and competent writing, but I was not immediately impressed with the characters, especially Sandra.

    I was lucky to have some long reading periods on Saturday and Sunday, so I could read a big chunk of the mystery continuously, which raised this from a three star to a four star. I ended up liking the characters once they were more fully fleshed out. They appeared a bit shallow in the beginning.

    I liked that this was a woman focused investigation, without the need for male

    This was a decent plot and competent writing, but I was not immediately impressed with the characters, especially Sandra.

    I was lucky to have some long reading periods on Saturday and Sunday, so I could read a big chunk of the mystery continuously, which raised this from a three star to a four star. I ended up liking the characters once they were more fully fleshed out. They appeared a bit shallow in the beginning.

    I liked that this was a woman focused investigation, without the need for male intervention to "save the day".

    I did not get a very good feel for the location, it seemed it could have been set just about anywhere.

    I won a copy on Goodreads Giveaway and was more than delighted to offer a review.

    This is the first in a series. I would enjoy reading more.

  • Heather

    Thank you to Kensington Books for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Sandra Wallage is almost finished speaking at her first meeting as president of the Portland High School PTA when cell phones in the audience begin chiming with notifications. Suddenly, she is facing accusations in the anonymous gossip online newspaper that her husband, Senator Stephen Wallage, used taxpayer money to cover up a sex scandal.

    Maya Kendrick is working as a private investigator with her best friend,

    Thank you to Kensington Books for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Sandra Wallage is almost finished speaking at her first meeting as president of the Portland High School PTA when cell phones in the audience begin chiming with notifications. Suddenly, she is facing accusations in the anonymous gossip online newspaper that her husband, Senator Stephen Wallage, used taxpayer money to cover up a sex scandal.

    Maya Kendrick is working as a private investigator with her best friend, Frances, after leaving the police force due to her husband, Max. Max is currently serving his sentence at the state penitentiary for his part in a corruption scandal. Maya's daughter, Vanessa, asks Maya to figure out who is publishing the Dirty Laundry column that is slowly tearing the community apart. However, when Maya arrives to confront the website's publisher, she finds the person dead by what seems like suicide.

    Maya and Sandra keep getting thrust into one another's paths through their children and the developing investigation into the death. As they spend more time working together, they build a friendship and an investigative team. Suspects are dismissed as quickly as they are added to the list and it seems that the truth may never be found. Will the women be able to navigate a series of bombshells to get to the truth or will their involvement cause new problems for Maya, Sandra and everyone around them?

    I enjoyed this book. There were so many twists and turns that I never expected the final outcome. There are quite a few red herrings and several story lines that weave together intricately while keeping the reader guessing. There is a lot of drama, cheating, lying and scandal for one little town! Once you accept that and enjoy the craziness, Murder at the PTA is an interesting mystery that is a quick, funny, light read despite the serious subjects. It is the first in a new series. I will absolutely continue reading and hope to follow Maya and Sandra on their next adventure.

  • The Cozy Review

    Series: A Maya and Sandra Mystery – Book 1

    Author: Lee Hollis

    Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Private Investigator

    Publisher: Kensington Mystery

    Page Count: 314

    Publishing Date: August 27th, 2019

    The debut book, Murder at the PTA in a new cozy mystery series from Kensington Books, Lee Hollis’ “A Maya and Sandra Mystery” starts with a hit. This book will have readers asking for more. Murder at the PTA is a hard-boiled detective story with a fantastic cozy book feel.

    Sandra is a politician’s wife in every way

    Series: A Maya and Sandra Mystery – Book 1

    Author: Lee Hollis

    Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Private Investigator

    Publisher: Kensington Mystery

    Page Count: 314

    Publishing Date: August 27th, 2019

    The debut book, Murder at the PTA in a new cozy mystery series from Kensington Books, Lee Hollis’ “A Maya and Sandra Mystery” starts with a hit. This book will have readers asking for more. Murder at the PTA is a hard-boiled detective story with a fantastic cozy book feel.

    Sandra is a politician’s wife in every way that matters, but her husband is a better Senator than a husband. This character could use some improvement. Any new cozy mystery series require growth and development which will come as the series progresses. Currently, she seems to be a bit too easy-going where her husband is concerned and needs a bit more backbone when it comes to dealing with what life throws at her. She lacks confidence in herself, and she has an unusual ability to keep her mouth shut even when it’s not what would be best. There is no doubt about her love for her son’s or her loyalty to a friend.

    Maya is a lovely character full of spunk and knows how to investigate a crime. But like Sandra, she needs to have more confidence in herself and her abilities and stop worrying about what other people might think. It's her life, and Maya needs to get over the past. She shouldn’t worry as much as she does about what her husband did and the price he is paying for his crimes. Sooner or later, she will have to make him, and her daughter understands that there is no going back to what once was, and they must move forward.

    As a new cozy mystery series, this first book delivers on mystery and entertainment. The killer found, and justice is done. It isn’t easy, and there are lots of personal conflicts and emotions that threaten to tear apart the characters. Everything a good cozy book needs to keep readers engaged and satisfied.

    There is room for growth, adventure, excitement, and intrigue. The authors are a veteran brother and sister writing team. They have created a new cozy mystery series that can and will expand in time, with characters that will mature and become beloved by readers. I enjoyed and am happy to recommend, Murder at the PTA. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Nancy H

    Another very good book from Lee Hollis, this story features a main character that at first you are not sure you want to like becaue of her 'eliteness', but who grows on you and you are liking her before too many pages. When a person who is a secret scandal-monger at the school is murdered, she is a likely suspect, but there are others. There are also people who don't want her looking too closely into things, but she continues, and with the help of a new friend, manages to solve the crime. This

    Another very good book from Lee Hollis, this story features a main character that at first you are not sure you want to like becaue of her 'eliteness', but who grows on you and you are liking her before too many pages. When a person who is a secret scandal-monger at the school is murdered, she is a likely suspect, but there are others. There are also people who don't want her looking too closely into things, but she continues, and with the help of a new friend, manages to solve the crime. This is hopefully just the first in a new series by this author.

  • Rainey

    I'm stunned by the number of very high ratings. This is an innocuous little book that will pass your time but evaporate into the atmosphere in no time at all leaving little if any impression.

    Neither of the heroines is in any way extraordinary or impressive. Relateable, maybe but hardly memorable. You know who did it -- if not why -- 2/3 of the way into the book. And it's written as though the author is being paid by the word or the product endorsement.

    Put it in your purse for those times when

    I'm stunned by the number of very high ratings. This is an innocuous little book that will pass your time but evaporate into the atmosphere in no time at all leaving little if any impression.

    Neither of the heroines is in any way extraordinary or impressive. Relateable, maybe but hardly memorable. You know who did it -- if not why -- 2/3 of the way into the book. And it's written as though the author is being paid by the word or the product endorsement.

    Put it in your purse for those times when you're waiting for a doctor's appointment. It will keep your mind occupied and you won't mind putting it down when the doctor shows his or her face. But choose something else if you want a memorable reading experience.

  • Erin

    Christ! If I could give this no stars I absolutely would. DNF at page 82. This is part of a new batch of cozies that are Barnes and Noble exclusives for a year and it's the second dud out of two, which means that under no circumstances will I purchase another of these.

    Murder At The PTA is supposed to be a mystery, but by page 82, no murder has happened. All we have so far is pages and pages of description of brown people, constantly described as beautiful, gorgeous, impossibly handsome,

    Christ! If I could give this no stars I absolutely would. DNF at page 82. This is part of a new batch of cozies that are Barnes and Noble exclusives for a year and it's the second dud out of two, which means that under no circumstances will I purchase another of these.

    Murder At The PTA is supposed to be a mystery, but by page 82, no murder has happened. All we have so far is pages and pages of description of brown people, constantly described as beautiful, gorgeous, impossibly handsome, confident, so beautiful that strangers have to compliment them, etc. It's so over the top and condescending that it's grating and distracting. Meanwhile, the white characters are high school dropouts, opioid addicts, cheating husbands, etc. The main character, Sandra, has a cheating husband, a gay football star for one son and a straight theater son whom horrifies her by making out with his girlfriend in the school hall. Sandra makes a note to herself to talk to her son about his "overly aggressive sexual behavior". This book may be a purple haired leftist wet dream, but it turned me off completely.

    Kensington, if you are looking to diversify cozy mysteries, instead of having white authors write phony, cardboard condescending garbage, why not hire some black authors to write about real black people? Hispanic authors to write real Hispanic people? You get the drift. This is garbage.

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