Class Reunions are Murder, by Libby Klein

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein

When I saw that Class Reunions are Murder is set in Cape May, New Jersey, I jumped at the chance to read and review. I’ve visited Cape May a couple of times while spending time in the Garden State visiting friends (shout out to Craig and Charlene!) and it’s a charming, delightful spot. I always have high hopes for books set in familiar and well-liked locales – I was not disappointed.

Class Reunions are Murder is a perfect mix of chick lit and cozy mystery. Lured back to Cape May for her class reunion, Poppy McAllister finds her childhood home in disrepair and her eccentric aunt in danger of being forced into a senior living community. Before she can fully figure out what’s going on with her aunt, Poppy is at her class reunion, pulling her best friend out of a fight with the class mean girl, and wondering if she has time to drag the mean girl’s body away from in front of her old locker before calling for help. Who would have thought that a jailhouse pep talk would be the catalyst for so much change in Poppy’s life?

so enjoyed this story. Libby Klein writes the character of Poppy with wonderfully warm, funny, and charming characteristics. I can’t decide if I wish I were best friends with the author or the character! (Let’s just be greedy and say both Libby and Poppy are my new BFFs.) The mystery is straightforward, yet complex; there are a plethora of suspicious characters who may have reached a breaking point with the meanest girl in school. And, even better, alongside the potential killers are Poppy’s friends, a handsome barista, a still-enamored high school sweetheart, a kooky cat, and the best series debut I’ve read in quite some time.

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Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713032
E-Book ASIN: B072HS2JGM

For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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5 thoughts on “Class Reunions are Murder, by Libby Klein

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review on “Class Reunions Are Murder” by Libby Klein and being part of the book tour. Enjoyed reading about the book and would love to be able to read it myself.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  2. I loved your review — Class Reunions Are Murder sounds like a wonderful book. This year is my 40th (gulp!) high school reunion, and I have mixed feelings about it! Maybe this book will get me in the mood (hopefully without a murder!) ~

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