Mayhem, Murder and the PTA by Dave Cravens

Synopsis - 
Parker Monroe is a tough-talking investigative reporter used to writing headlines, not being the subject of them. When a key source vanishes on a politically toxic story, this single mother of three finds herself at the center of a media storm and out of a job. Ready to reset, Parker moves her family back to the rural town where she grew up. But a gossip-filled PTA, a tyrannical school principal and a gruesome murder make adjusting to the "simple life" anything but. Parker Monroe is about to chase the story of her lifetime...

Review - 

I always like my murder mysteries on the lighter side with a bit of humour thrown in to offset the ugly details of death. Dave Cravens offers just that in Mayhem, Murder and the PTA, his first title in this genre.  And as someone ended up unexpectedly home with the kids for many years, I enjoyed the crazy characters offered at the local school - from parents to teachers to office staff - as well as the inevitable political infighting.  I also loved that the main character as well as her mother were strong females who stood tall and let their opinion be known.

In this book, the lead character, Parker, had recently lost her husband - a musician who had given up his career to be a stay at home dad, The book opens with her also losing her job as a journalist. She had taken the chance of going to publication with a story before she had the hard documentation in hand. Her source disappeared instantly, leaving her hanging in the wind.  To make it all work she, horror of horrors, moves home to stay with her mum and try to fill her husband's shoes. She does it badly and with lots of swearing (not recommended if this offends you). The vice-principal she is having a very public fight with ends up missing and then very, very dead. Suddenly she has the scent of a new story.  No one wants her to pursue it, especially her family, but she can't let it go.

What follows is a wild ride. The story line moves from hilarious moments that had me laughing to dangerous moments where her life is threatened. In the end the suspect shows his hand, but it turns out to be an upper hand. Will she survive to tell the tale?  
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Meet The Author - 
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As a child, Dave Cravens planned to grow up to be a superhero, the first person to capture Bigfoot and Nessie on film, pilot experimental aircraft out of Area 51, develop cold fusion, and star and direct in his own blockbuster action movies so he could retire at the ripe age of twenty-five and raid tombs the rest of his life. Instead, he got a degree in journalism, which he hasn’t used at all other than to justify his incredibly insightful and valid complaints about the state of journalism. During his twenty-two years in the video game business, he’s written for award winning franchises, directed TV commercials and movies, sprained his ankles numerous times in ultimate frisbee games and published three original novels.

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