Foul Play at the PTA is a great second in this series. I like the author's writing style and the setting of the series a lot. Wisconsin holds a lot of fascination for me and I like that this book is set close to the holidays. This is always fun for me to do in July and it's hot and humid.
I really like Beth and Marina. Their friendship gives the book a lot of humor. It's good to see Beth, who has so much trouble sticking up for herself begin to do so--it's good to see a character grow, even if you wish it could be easier for her. Still, I love that Beth cares so much about the people in her life, and I can completely relate to her feelings as a mother. Her children are a bit odd, but that's okay with me. I'm seeing lots of quirky kids these days, so they feel pretty real to me. Being from a state where deer hunting is a big deal, I thought the whole Deer Day was funny, though our season comes in much earlier. The writing is very good, and yes, there are some very old, over-used plot devices and some things that should be obvious to the characters that aren't, but these didn't cause me not to enjoy the book. Beth is a refreshing character to me (maybe I can relate to having trouble taking up for myself lol), and I also really, really love that she owns and operates a children's bookstore and mentions a lot of children's books and authors in the book.
Overall, I found this book to be a great follow up to the first book in the series. I'll certainly read the next book when it comes out. Recommend for cozy mystery lovers who don't take their mysteries seriously or are serious about their mysteries. Easy, summer or holiday cozy mystery.
PTA meetings at Tarver Elementary School can get pretty heated. But after parent Sam Helmstetter is strangled in his car following a meeting, mom and PTA secretary Beth Kennedy and her best friend Marina fear there may be a cold-blooded killer in the group...