Friday, October 14, 2016

MURDER AS A SECOND LANGUAGE by Joan Hess [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library audio book [2013]

Description: This is #19 in the Claire Malloy mystery series.  In this book, Claire decides to volunteer as a tutor at the literacy center, helping adults who are learning English.  Unfortunately, one of the more abrasive students is killed.

Plot:  Claire tries to sign up as a tutor for adults learning English, but misses the mandatory training meeting.  Instead, she's conscripted to serve on the board of directors, where she learns of some questionable activities regarding the Literacy Center, and stumbles upon a murder.  I didn't figure out whodunnit until almost the very end of the book.

Characterization:  The characters are well-rounded and have individual personalities.  Claire can be a little whiny.  Her daughter Caron, a high school senior, is really obnoxious and if she was my daughter, I would definitely have a problem co-existing with her.

Setting:  Arkansas.  Nicely described, I was able to picture every scene.

Other:  The audio book was narrated by Meredith Mitchell and she did a nice job.

Overall:  This is the first book of this series that I have read.

Grade: B+

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