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03 February 2010

Book Tour & Review: Schooled In Lies by Angela Henry

Title: Schooled In Lies
Author: Angela Henry
Publisher: Boulevard West Press
Publication Date: December 31, 2009
Paperback: 354 pages
ISBN: 978-0615334325
Genre: Mystery

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About the Book:

GED instructor Kendra Clayton’s high school days were nothing to brag about. So she’s not too thrilled when on top of having to take a class to renew her teaching certificate or be fired, she gets roped into serving on her high school’s reunion committee.

Spending time with her former classmates is even less fun than having a root canal. Then to make matters worse, Kendra and the other committee members start receiving strange messages and having freak accidents. When one of the accidents results in a death, Kendra is convinced it’s murder. Unfortunately, neither the reunion committee nor the police take her seriously.

To try and prevent another death-and to keep from worrying about all the time her sweetie, Carl, has been spending with his scheming ex-wife-Kendra digs into the lives of her fellow committee members and uncovers enough secrets, lies, and betrayal to make her head spin. When a second murder occurs, Kendra realizes she needs to watch her back in her search for the truth before a killer turns her into another buried secret.

My Review:

Schooled In Lies
is a witty and clever mystery surrounding the upcoming reunion for the class of 1986. Schooled In Lies is the 4th novel in Angela Henry's Kendra Clayton mystery series. I have not read the previous three novels and was a little confused about the allusions to prior events and was relieved to find out my confusion was explained by the previous novels I had not read. Schooled In Lies is a modern cozy mystery where all parties are known and one of them is definitely a murderer. The story is told from Kendra's point of view, almost entirely in a flashback, before being kidnapped and waking in the trunk of a vehicle. Two weeks prior to being kidnapped, Kendra not only was tricked into serving on her 11 year high school reunion committee, but was also told she needed to go back and become a student herself before her teaching license expired. Since the mystery revolves around the class of 1986 reunion planning committee, Kendra goes into detail describing each person with flashbacks to what each was like in high school and their inter-relationships. I did have a difficult time relating to the teen angst relived by the adults in this novel. My high school years were nothing at all like those described, in part I suppose because I was in a private all girls' school and cliques did not exist. I have neither attended a reunion nor do I recall the names of the girls I went to school with. All told, the story is well written and Henry does an excellent job twisting the plot until the very end of her novel, even ending it with what I hope will be the beginning of her next Kendra Clayton mystery. I would recommend Schooled In Lies to anyone looking for a witty, modern cozy mystery; it makes for a light and fun afternoon read.

About the Author: Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher, and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she’s a mystery writing library reference specialist, who loves to people watch and eavesdrop on conversations. She’s the author of four mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, and is also the founder of the award-winning MystNoir website, which promotes African-American mystery writers, and was named a “Hot Site” by USA When she’s not working, writing, or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is connoisseur of B horror movies, and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline.
You can visit her websiteand her blog. Connect with Angela on Twitter.

Join Angela Henry, author of the mystery novel, Schooled in Lies (Boulevard Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in February on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion! Angela Henry’s SCHOOLED IN LIES VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ‘10 will officially begin on February 1st and end on February 12th.

I received a copy of Schooled In Lies by Angela Henry from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



bluecottonmemory said...

Cozy sounds perfect!I went to a private girls school and there were cliques, but I don't recall any mean girl cliques. I will admit that I enjoyed life after high school much better:)

Lorielle said...

Hmm, where have seen a cover like this before? :) I've given you an award! You can pick it up here!

April said...

Great review! I just won an ecopy of this and am excited to read it. I haven't read the other 3 in the series, so perhaps I should start in the beginning...