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Kennedy who with her new heroine, Amelia Prentice, gives us a taste of what those classic stories used to give us. There is a murder in the copy room at the public library of all places and Amelia literally trips over the body. Now she is the suspect in the murder and she sets out to find who really did it. However, the deceased left something behind, something the murderer has killed for and will kill again until he gets it.

Time is running out for her to find out who did it and why before she becomes the next victim. Kennedy has crafted a page turner worthy of the old masters, an exciting event, some story, another exciting event, more story. And the mystery is terrific. Kennedy is a fun author that makes reading enjoyable even if you are sitting on the edge of your chair. Kennedy batted a thousand on this one. I highly recommend it.

If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station www. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Irregardless of Murder by E. Kennedy is one of the best cozy mysteries I have read yet! Jan 12, Wendy rated it really liked it. All the proper elements of a good cozy are present, the characters are interesting and the subplots compelling.

I hope we see another book with these characters so they have a chance to grow. You will love the quirky characters who come to life in this book. Can't wait to read the next mystery from Ellen Kennedy!!! Overall the plot was a bit slow, and seemed to drag a little. There were some points I liked.

Such as she didn't know right away she was a suspect,which was a nice change, since basically every cozy mystery I've read has the main character as the main suspect right away and then they go and stick their noses in police business and probably make things worse along the way. Amelia did okay this is closer to a 2. Amelia didn't which was a refreshing change. She wasn't actively working to solve a murder mystery. Overall, I could believe the events that happened to her and she seemed to have common sense.

However since she felt like such a low key character, i really felt no suspense or tension. Including in the romance. It was a good mystery. But there just wasn't enough there to bump it up to three stars. I'm thinking about trying the next book to see if the series will grow on me. Recommended: Sure. It's not a terrible book. Jun 06, Terry Hans rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: lovers of English Teachers and their quirks. Irr-i-gard-less of Murder has a catchy title that makes you want to further explore the subject matter. In the prologue the author E.

Kennedy gets right to the point with a dead body in the library. We experience drama, intrigue, humor and the flavor of a cozy mystery that keeps you guessing till the very end. Kennedy is an expert in the use of dialogue. Her characters come to life in the Adi Irr-i-gard-less of Murder has a catchy title that makes you want to further explore the subject matter.

Her characters come to life in the Adirondack region of New York State. She even adds the joviality of a professor studying a monster comparable to Loch Ness with sightings in Lake Champlain. You will not be disappointed. Kennedy makes every page come alive. Jun 10, Felicia Bridges rated it it was amazing. If you enjoy a good mystery and proper grammar, you will love the Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery series!

Written with a masterful command of diction and a clever sense of humor, Irregardless of Murder kept me turning pages and guessing to the very end. The characters were unique yet familiar and charming. The setting, a small town on the shores of Lake Champlain, captivated me and made me long to plan a trip to the Adirondacks. With just enough romance and fireworks to make my heart race, this myster If you enjoy a good mystery and proper grammar, you will love the Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery series! With just enough romance and fireworks to make my heart race, this mystery definitely made me want to read the other books in the series.

Aug 17, Karen rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery. Thin plot, obvious whodunnit, weird insertion of religiosity in random spots, but my biggest complaint is that the "forty-something" protagonist was portrayed more like a spinster in her seventies.

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She's so weak she needs a strapping young man of twenty to open her front door. Everyone in the story treated her like she was made of glass; antique fragile glass. Not sure if I can stomach the second one of the series. I had high hopes, but you can't judge a book by its title. Jul 07, J. Rallios rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this cozy mysteries with its assortment of eccentric and likable characters. It had a good plot, satisfying conclusion, and was an easy read. It needed a little editing but the few errors weren't distracting. The ending dragged a little too long for my taste, but I still highly recommend for a light murder mystery.

Regardless I enjoyed this book. May 07, Beverly Knudsen rated it it was amazing. This is a nice cozy mystery with just a dash of clean romance. It reminds me of Agatha Christie with a tad less violence. I would definitely recommend this book! Cute story. I enjoyed the book.

Murder is just the beginning It's an interesting story of Amelia Prentice, an English teacher, who becomes an investigator or amateur sleuth. I loved the title, and became intrigued. It's a very witty story and is just the beginning of a mystery for Amelia. It's lighthearted and smart, and I, too, become annoyed at it regardless, since the word never makes sense.

Kennedy writes this well, and to meet with her titl Murder is just the beginning It's an interesting story of Amelia Prentice, an English teacher, who becomes an investigator or amateur sleuth. Kennedy writes this well, and to meet with her titles, she has to. Her characters have great chemistry and are human. I look forward to reading the next books in her Miss Prentice Cozy Mysteries series. Aug 15, TWJ Magazine rated it really liked it.

I could be wrong, though. I was delighted with the story and characters. In Irregardless of Murder, Marguerite LeBow had been murdered in the copy room at the public library, and Amelia Prentice is the one to find her. Well, she trips over her upon entering the room, then falls and hits her head. As a teacher, Amelia had many of the citizens of her small town as students through the years, such as Marguerite. She had liked Marguerite, and thought her a good student.

But Marguerite leaves something behind for Amelia, and her murderer is after it, willing to go to any lengths for it. Amelia has no idea what it is, or how to obtain it herself, so she could give it to the police as evidence. Will Amelia and her friends discover this evidence before the killer makes Amelia victim 2? Most of the characters in this novel are of middle age, so that group of readers is its target. For those who like a cute, quick, entertaining read, this book is perfect. The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others.

Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. Aug 19, Deborah rated it it was amazing. Amelia Prentice is 41 years old, single, and an English teacher.

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So when she stumbles on the body of a former student in the copy room, things are certainly bound to change. Problem is, she has absolutely no recollection of actually tripping on a body. All she remembers is a man leaving the room just as she arrived, and then - nothing. And for her trouble, she has a nasty bump on her head that isn't exactly proving her innocence.

So whether out of a sense of justice or just her civilian duty to s Amelia Prentice is 41 years old, single, and an English teacher. So whether out of a sense of justice or just her civilian duty to society, Amelia set out to find out who did it. In the meantime though, her personal life is getting a little bit complicated. Between her best friend getting dumped overboard, an acquaintance from high school trying to sell her house without permission, and a rekindling romance from 20 years ago, she is up to her neck with problems.

Will she be able to solve the mystery of the body and her life in time? While mysteries are not particularly my favorite genre, this one got my attention. Amelia is inadvertently drawn into solving the murder of her former student, and her hilarious adventures admittedly misadventures in some cases! The relationships between the characters in this fabulous mystery by Kennedy make you feel as if could absolutely be your family, your friends and your life. Adirondack, New York will never be the same with Amelia's sleuthing "skills" on the loose, and you will view this genre in a whole new light whether you're a huge fan or on the fence like I was.

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, the plot sounded good enough. A schoolteacher trips over the dead body of a former student. She is then a suspect in the murder. It sounds harmless enough, and a decent mystery. Except: This is religious fiction.

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Oh, don't get me wrong; I've read religious fiction, and may do so again. But the real problem I have with it is you know that the protagonist could step into an army of scorpions and nothing would happen to them, all because of their strong belief in God. And you also know that at Well, the plot sounded good enough. And you also know that at the end of the story, everything, including all the subplots of which this story had their share , would be tied up in pretty little ribbons and all the 'good guys' would live happily every after.

Example: The dead girl's mother raised her alone, after her husband ran out on her. By the end of the story, the prodigal husband had returned as a millionaire and still in love with his wife. And of course, they were still married in the eyes of the church, which makes it all comfy, I suppose. And of course, the wife completely forgave him, even though she must have had years of struggling to support the two of them. It was like the man never left. If it were me, there'd be one huge fight, and I wouldn't have forgiven him so easily, if at all. There's even a professor who goes around humming all the time - and they're all hymns.

I guess I just don't like being preached to in my books. It's sort of like reading a sermon. I have my own belief in God, and if I want to read about it, I will pick up the Bible. Apr 24, Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it. Being a grammar nerd, the title of E. Who could resist a book with a main character and amateur sleuth who is a high school English teacher!? If you like cozy mysteries, be sure to check out Irregardless of Murder. Amelia Prentice, known to townspeople of all ages as Miss Prentice, is a something, single teacher.

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Havi Being a grammar nerd, the title of E. Having devoted herself to family, she finds herself the unwilling owner of a cat and living alone in a big, historic house. Yet as she literally stumbles upon a dead body in the library, she becomes first the main suspect and then the target of the real killer. Irregardless of Murder has all the traits of a cozy mystery — small town setting, charming and intelligent amateur sleuth, quirky townspeople and a puzzling mystery. It also includes the hope of love and second chances, and a lake monster! A natural faith message is woven throughout; subtle and never preachy.

I had my suspicions about the true murderer, but did not guess the motive. Jul 03, Catherine Leggitt rated it really liked it. Kennedy is my kind of woman. She loves cozy mysteries and she loves good grammar. This one is definitely a recommended read! I must confess I was wrong about the killer until the very end…. In fact, in the opening pages of the book bearing that dreaded non-word, I post a quote from the wizards of words, Strunk and White: " Irregardless.

Should be regardless. The error results from failure to see the negative in —less and from a desire to get it in as a prefix, suggested by such words as irregular , irresponsible , and perhaps especially, irrespective. So now you know. A Definition: Cozy mysteries , also referred to simply as "cozies", are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously , and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

The term was first coined in the late 20th century when various writers produced work in an attempt to re-create the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. How cozy can you get? Amelia Prentice, fortyish high school English teacher, trips over a corpse in the safest of places, the public library. Now, nothing of her cozy small town life in the Adirondacks will be the same. If she survives…. This is the old Plattsburgh High School building, where I attended. It's been torn down now, but it's how I picture the school where Amelia teaches.

Kennedy's writing style draws the reader in and captivates them.

Readers will enjoy embarking on more of Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery Series tales as the author continues to weave more intriguing adventures for us. You're sure to fall in love with Miss Kennedy's characters and writing style as much as I have! If you love the book, please review it! Thank you! If you're wondering which Miss Prentice book you're reading, just check the tiny lake monster in the upper left hand corner of your book!

Cross a frozen lake in a rusty VW? What could possibly go wrong?