New Math is Murder by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa

Title: New Math is Murder

Author: Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa

I got the copy of the book on an online ebook site Pixel of Ink. I don't follow the rule "Don't judge the book by its cover". Nice cover pages do attract me a lot. I have a lot of unread books in my Kindle, but this book's cover page tempted me to read this.

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The book falls in mystery genre bit a bit of funny statements thrown in here and there. The story revolves around the life of Colleen Caruso, a journalist who has a lot of problems in her personal life. Her husband who has an extra marital affair is about to divorce her without leaving much of finance for sustaining. She writes low profile columns on the paper like some restaurant reviews, memorial or fundraiser events for a living.

One day she decides to go on a jog and trips over a dead body which happens to be that of Colleen's daughter, Sara's algebra teacher Jason Whitley. This adds more trouble to her life. What happens later is a complete mysterious detective adventure for Colleen when her newspaper editor Ken Rhodes asks her to cover up the story on a regular basis in order to get more advertisers and readers for the newspaper.

During this assignment, she goes through a lot of trouble herself when she gets hit in a supermarket, her car sinks by the bay, her house is burglarized. Little does she know that her life is in danger too. At some point she plans to give up writing about the column in the newspaper but gets back to do it to prove someone innocent which is revealed in the middle of the book.

The suspects of the story are the Jason Whitley's colleagues in the school who are competing for the award they are nominated for the best teacher category, his wife, his ex-lover, principal of the school, his current lover. There are totally 3 extra marital affairs which made me wonder about the sanctity of marriage. Also strange thing is that all the teachers including the principal of the school were from the same batch in the same school which was a little too much to comprehend.

But it was totally a page-turner.  There is also an unspoken friendship/relationship between Ken Rhodes and Colleen Caruso about which nothing much has been explored in this part of the series. The climax also came as a bit of surprise not for the killer but for the reason behind the murder. Saying more about the book would be revealing too much. Its a cozy weekend read. I would definitely want to read another book of the author if it comes up any time soon.

Ratings: 3/5 (Liked it)