Mayhem, Murder, PTA

 
Book Details:
Book Title: Mayhem, Murder and the PTA by Dave Cravens
Category:  Adult Fiction
Number of Pages: 434 pages
Genre:  Mystery / Thriller
Publisher:  Amazon
Release date:   May 20, 2019
Content Rating:  R (Rated R mostly for language.)
Book Description:
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…

Dave Cravens

Meet the author: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.Connect with the author:   

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My Review

This book blew my mind. I thought I had the ending all figured out and I did not. I went into this novel not knowing anything about the novel. The only thing I knew was the title. By the title it had me intrigued. This is full of the twist and turns I think every mystery needs.

There are sensitive topics presented in the novel but I will say that they are handled beautifully. I would but trigger warnings for sex, violence, and human trafficking. Dave Cravens is really good at writing suspense that feels both necessary and purposeful. A lot of mysteries I read do not do suspense well. But this one did.

I loved Parker’s character and the struggle that Cravens was able to depict with her situation. This book is like Nancy Drew but all grown up. Parker is hunting for a story and is not going to leave well enough alone until she finds it.

I do hope that Cravens writes another mystery with our newly widowed mother as the main character. Cravens is now an auto-read author for me. If you love mysteries/thrillers and snarky main characters then this is the book for you. I give 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it.

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