Book Title: Mayhem, Murder and the PTA by Dave Cravens
Category: Adult Fiction
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…
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.