Mini Review: Murder at the PTA (Book #1: Maya and Sandra Mystery Series) by Lee Hollis

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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 website. But when the women storm into the venomous gossip columnist’s office they find a lifeless body—along with a confession.

Although the police rule the death a suicide, Maya suspects an injured party hung the Dirty Laundry creator out to dry. Maya already has a PI partner—but she’s pregnant, and sonograms and stakeouts tend to conflict. So when Sandra volunteers for a crash course in sleuthing, Maya accepts the help. But as these unlikely partners study the clues, a killer plans to teach them a lesson . . .

Source: NetGalley and Kensington Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  With as many series out there as there are within the cozy mystery genre, a book has to really jump out and grab me in order to keep me coming back for more.  I can’t say I disliked this book, but it also didn’t offer me much that I can’t get from other authors that I, quite frankly like more.  Neither Maya nor Sandra are particularly stand-out characters and while that may change over the course of the series, I don’t think this book, or these characters are going to stick with me long enough to warrant picking up the next book.  If you’re an old pro at this genre and are just looking for something new, give this a go.  However, if you are new to the genre, I wouldn’t recommend starting here as there are other series out there that are stronger and far more enjoyable.

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