When a student is found drowned in the campus pond of a prestigious New England boarding school, Thea Kozak is called in for crisis management. Cooperation abounds until Thea discovers that the young victim was pregnant and the death may not have been an accident. Then administration and students turn tight-lipped. When Thea digs deeper, she unearths a host of nasty secrets beneath the school’s genteel facade.
Now everyone wants her gone, everyone except the killer who has a very different fate in mind for Thea Kozak.
"If a sleep-losing page turner is your thing, keep an eye on Thea." Richard Barre, award-winning author of the Wil Hardesty Series
THE THEA KOZAK MYSTERY SERIES, in order
Chosen for Death
Death in a Funhouse Mirror
Death at the Wheel
An Educated Death
Death in Paradise
Liberty or Death
Death Warmed Over
The latest Thea Kozak mystery jumps off to a fine beginning but sags under a weighty grab-bag of subplots and Thea's garrulous narration. While she's helping her lover, Maine State Police detective Andre Lemieux, recover from his partner's death (Death at the Wheel, 1996), Thea, a private school consultant, is called to the co-ed Bucksport School where a student has drowned. Brash, workaholic Thea must calm parents and students while trying to control the damage to the school's reputation. In the process, she makes several discoveries: the dead girl, Laney Taggert, was pregnant, probably by a faculty member; Laney's house parents are too distracted by their own problems to supervise their students; a groundskeeper has a history of sexually abusing adolescent girls. Everyone whom Thea interviews has something to hide. Stubbornly, she interferes with the police investigation, fights with Andre, almost succumbs to a poisoning attempt and is wounded in the contrived climax. Flora rings some new changes on the academic mystery with her contemporary private school settings and relentless detective, but she dilutes the effect with telegraphed clues and repetitious explanations.
An Educated Death Review
An edge of your seat thriller! I am so in love with this series! Thea is strong willed, determined and doesn’t give up until justice is served. No matter the cost be it emotional or physical. The drowning death of a teen who happens to be pregnant draws Thea into her latest mystery. Thea digs through the quagmire of information or lack to try and piece together what really happened at that lake. A poisoning, morally lacking faculty, some possible trouble in paradise with Andre none of it stops her from finding out the surprising truth. This one will keep you guessing til the end. A definite must read!
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