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No Substitute for Murder If you enjoy this book, check out the sequels, NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MONEY and NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MATURITY Divorced from a philandering con man and downsized from her job as a talk radio show producer, Barbara Reed is desperate for money She s got a mortgage, a college loan, an aging car, and a ten pound dog named Cheese Puff With her unemployment checks running out, she signs on as a high school substitute teacher and learns what stress is all about When she finds history teacher Henry Stoddard strangled with his own outdated tie, her stress level soars into the red zone Then she s assigned to cover his classes Stoddard was a bully and a blackmailer The list of suspects is a long one, and police put Barb at the top When she discovers a second body, the noose of circumstantial evidence tightens With help from the showgirl widow of a reputed mobster, a trash scavenging derelict, and members of the Cheese Puff Care and Comfort Committee, Barb struggles to keep a grip on her job, her sanity, and her freedom Notice This mystery contains no vampires, werewolves, zombies, or space aliens It was not tested on laboratory animals It makes no claims to political correctness Characters may not be fully clothed at all times ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk check out the sequels ❮Epub❯ ➣ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➢ Author Delores Fossen – 9facts.co.uk NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MONEY and NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MATURITY Divorced from a philandering con man and downsized from her job as a talk radio show producer [BOOKS] ⚣ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – 9facts.co.uk Barbara Reed is desperate for money She s got a mortgage ➿ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Gratuit ➶ Auteur Carole Mortimer – 9facts.co.uk a college loan ❮Read❯ ➪ If the Stiletto Fits... Author Wendy Etherington – 9facts.co.uk an aging car [PDF] ✑ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, By Cindi Myers – 9facts.co.uk and a ten pound dog named Cheese Puff With her unemployment checks running out [Download] ➵ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – 9facts.co.uk she signs on as a high school substitute teacher and learns what stress is all about When she finds history teacher Henry Stoddard strangled with his own outdated tie [PDF] ✍ An Amish Family Christmas ✸ Marta Perry – 9facts.co.uk her stress level soars into the red zone Then she s assigned to cover his classes Stoddard was a bully and a blackmailer The list of suspects is a long one ❰Read❯ ➭ Interrupted Lullaby Author Dana R. Lynn – 9facts.co.uk and police put Barb at the top When she discovers a second body [EPUB] ✷ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James – 9facts.co.uk the noose of circumstantial evidence tightens With help from the showgirl widow of a reputed mobster [Read] ➬ Vows of Revenge ➵ Dani Collins – 9facts.co.uk a trash scavenging derelict ❰Read❯ ➵ Not a Fairy Tale Author Romy Sommer – 9facts.co.uk and members of the Cheese Puff Care and Comfort Committee [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Midwife and the Single Dad By Gill Sanderson – 9facts.co.uk Barb struggles to keep a grip on her job [Reading] ➷ Small-Town Billionaire ➭ Renee Andrews – 9facts.co.uk her sanity ❰Read❯ ➲ A Convenient Marriage Author Maggie Cox – 9facts.co.uk and her freedom Notice This mystery contains no vampires ➵ [Read] ➱ A French Pirouette By Jennifer Bohnet ➿ – 9facts.co.uk werewolves [EPUB] ✻ The Doctors Courageous Bride Author Dianne Drake – 9facts.co.uk zombies ➳ [Reading] ➶ The Demure Miss Manning By Amanda McCabe ➩ – 9facts.co.uk or space aliens It was not tested on laboratory animals It makes no claims to political correctness Characters may not be fully clothed at all times This review, as well as many , can be found on my blog www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.comAuthor Carolyn J RoseGenre MysteryType Kindle ebookFirst Published January 2012First Line The problem with getting your life back on track is that there s usually another catastrophe hurtling down the rails to knock you off again Synopsis Barbara Reed has hit a major slump in her life Recently divorced and out of a job she s hoping that something good will be on the horizon Unfortunately it This review, as well as many , can be found on my blog www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.comAuthor Carolyn J RoseGenre MysteryType Kindle ebookFirst Published January 2012First Line The problem with getting your life back on track is that there s usually another catastrophe hurtling down the rails to knock you off again Synopsis Barbara Reed has hit a major slump in her life Recently divorced and out of a job she s hoping that something good will be on the horizon Unfortunately it doesn t seem like Barbara s life is on an upward swing yet Her con man philandering ex husband has decided to move into the same apartment complex and her unemployment cheques are about to run out Desperate to make some money to make ends meet she decides to take a job as a substitute teacher at the local high school.Barbara is worried about dealing with hundreds of teenagers each day but that is the least of her problems Her stress level skyrockets when she finds the stodgy old history teacher, Henry Stoddard, strangled in his classroom Henry was a mean spirited old curmudgeon who had blackmail material on most of the staff Unfortunately, since Barbara was the person to find the body people assume the worst of the new supply teacher Barbara vows to clear her name but with the police suspicious of her already Barbara needs to work fast.My Thoughts This was one of those books that received very favourable reviews in the Kindle store so I took a chance and bought it eager to find a new mystery writer series Unfortunately I disagree with the numerous 5 star ratings and, quite honestly, I m confused by them In my humble opinion, this book was not at a 5 star level for various reasons.First of all, if the dog in the book has a huge roll andof a personality than the human characters you know you re in trouble Cheese Puff the dog got a lot of page time in this book While he may be cute he should have been off on the sidelinesso the mystery could be showcased I think the author was going for cutsie quirky but I was hoping for a lotsuspense and less cutsie canine.The other characters, with the exception of quirky neighbour Mrs Ballentyne, were all one dimensional and very blaw No one really stood out and they all started to blend together This was proven when I kept getting various teachers that Barbara works with mixed up Mrs Ballentyne, whileof a well rounded character, still wasn t as interesting as she could have been Her nefarious past and connections were hinted at but not used to benefit the story as much as I would have hoped or expected.But I think it s Barbara s relationship with her sister that bothered me the most I find it very off putting when a main character has the backbone of a squished slug She s the family doormat and allows her sister to steam roll over her I just don t like reading about someone taking verbal abuse bullying and not standing up for themselves It just doesn t appeal to me Also, the sister didn t add anything to the overall storyline so I m not sure why she had to be added.As for the mystery part of the story It was very slow and never really felt like it had any oomph from the get go The suspense was nonexistent since there were no cool twists or shockers thrown in to shake things up Even the conclusion of the mystery wasn t a surprise Not the sign of a good mystery.Finally, at the beginning of each chapter there was a quiz about substitute teaching Perhaps if I was a substitute teacher I d appreciate those quizzes but after the first few chapters they just got annoying and I skipped them.Unfortunately this mystery didn t pan out as well as I had hoped The writing style was decent but the suspense and memorable characters just weren t there.My Rating 1.5 5 stars I ll start by admitting I met Carolyn J Rose when I took a writing class from her I just finished No Substitute for Murder which I think is her best book yet I don t want to waste a lot of time giving you a synopsis You can read other reviews for that What I will tell you is that this book had me laughing from the first paragraph, right down to the last line Murder does that to me, I guess, when it is written by Carolyn J Rose Yes, there are some tense scenes mixed in with the wild one I ll start by admitting I met Carolyn J Rose when I took a writing class from her I just finished No Substitute for Murder which I think is her best book yet I don t want to waste a lot of time giving you a synopsis You can read other reviews for that What I will tell you is that this book had me laughing from the first paragraph, right down to the last line Murder does that to me, I guess, when it is written by Carolyn J Rose Yes, there are some tense scenes mixed in with the wild ones, lest you think it is all fluff.Although there were many great scenes, there is one so fabulous that I snorted water through my nose in a restaurant, slapped a hand over my mouth, and attempted to stifle the guffaws bursting between my fingers If you have ever broken up with a boyfriend, or husband, or know someone who has, this scene may affect you the same way The ex husband is literally caught with his pants down, and the very likeable protagonist gets to be a fly on the wall This is a must read.Getting back to the fluff Carolyn has added a character by the name of Cheese Puff, who is precious and pampered, except when faced with murderous villains He was adorable and if it weren t for my cats, I d consider getting a puppy just like him.I highly recommend this book I heard someone say she liked this book, but wasn t fond of the quizzes at the first of each chapter Personally, I liked them they were hilarious That may be because I use to be a teacher, but I think anyone might find them amusing, regardless of his her occupation Actually, I must say I thought the entire book was a hoot I m not one for mysteries, but this one was related with so much humor and description, I found myself giggling all the way through I refrained from positive red pen com I heard someone say she liked this book, but wasn t fond of the quizzes at the first of each chapter Personally, I liked them they were hilarious That may be because I use to be a teacher, but I think anyone might find them amusing, regardless of his her occupation Actually, I must say I thought the entire book was a hoot I m not one for mysteries, but this one was related with so much humor and description, I found myself giggling all the way through I refrained from positive red pen comments in the marginbut it was hard The only thing I would have like to see is the quiz questions at the first of each chapter repeated at the end along with the correct answers That way, I wouldn t have had to flip back and forth Nevertheless, my suggestion to anyone who did not enjoy the quizzes, is to just skip them it wouldn t detract for the plot it just gives it a little extra pazzazz Loved this Review to come

    ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk check out the sequels ❮Epub❯ ➣ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➢ Author Delores Fossen – 9facts.co.uk NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MONEY and NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MATURITY Divorced from a philandering con man and downsized from her job as a talk radio show producer [BOOKS] ⚣ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – 9facts.co.uk Barbara Reed is desperate for money She s got a mortgage ➿ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Gratuit ➶ Auteur Carole Mortimer – 9facts.co.uk a college loan ❮Read❯ ➪ If the Stiletto Fits... Author Wendy Etherington – 9facts.co.uk an aging car [PDF] ✑ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, By Cindi Myers – 9facts.co.uk and a ten pound dog named Cheese Puff With her unemployment checks running out [Download] ➵ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – 9facts.co.uk she signs on as a high school substitute teacher and learns what stress is all about When she finds history teacher Henry Stoddard strangled with his own outdated tie [PDF] ✍ An Amish Family Christmas ✸ Marta Perry – 9facts.co.uk her stress level soars into the red zone Then she s assigned to cover his classes Stoddard was a bully and a blackmailer The list of suspects is a long one ❰Read❯ ➭ Interrupted Lullaby Author Dana R. Lynn – 9facts.co.uk and police put Barb at the top When she discovers a second body [EPUB] ✷ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James – 9facts.co.uk the noose of circumstantial evidence tightens With help from the showgirl widow of a reputed mobster [Read] ➬ Vows of Revenge ➵ Dani Collins – 9facts.co.uk a trash scavenging derelict ❰Read❯ ➵ Not a Fairy Tale Author Romy Sommer – 9facts.co.uk and members of the Cheese Puff Care and Comfort Committee [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Midwife and the Single Dad By Gill Sanderson – 9facts.co.uk Barb struggles to keep a grip on her job [Reading] ➷ Small-Town Billionaire ➭ Renee Andrews – 9facts.co.uk her sanity ❰Read❯ ➲ A Convenient Marriage Author Maggie Cox – 9facts.co.uk and her freedom Notice This mystery contains no vampires ➵ [Read] ➱ A French Pirouette By Jennifer Bohnet ➿ – 9facts.co.uk werewolves [EPUB] ✻ The Doctors Courageous Bride Author Dianne Drake – 9facts.co.uk zombies ➳ [Reading] ➶ The Demure Miss Manning By Amanda McCabe ➩ – 9facts.co.uk or space aliens It was not tested on laboratory animals It makes no claims to political correctness Characters may not be fully clothed at all times This review, as well as many , can be found on my blog www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.comAuthor Carolyn J RoseGenre MysteryType Kindle ebookFirst Published January 2012First Line The problem with getting your life back on track is that there s usually another catastrophe hurtling down the rails to knock you off again Synopsis Barbara Reed has hit a major slump in her life Recently divorced and out of a job she s hoping that something good will be on the horizon Unfortunately it This review, as well as many , can be found on my blog www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.comAuthor Carolyn J RoseGenre MysteryType Kindle ebookFirst Published January 2012First Line The problem with getting your life back on track is that there s usually another catastrophe hurtling down the rails to knock you off again Synopsis Barbara Reed has hit a major slump in her life Recently divorced and out of a job she s hoping that something good will be on the horizon Unfortunately it doesn t seem like Barbara s life is on an upward swing yet Her con man philandering ex husband has decided to move into the same apartment complex and her unemployment cheques are about to run out Desperate to make some money to make ends meet she decides to take a job as a substitute teacher at the local high school.Barbara is worried about dealing with hundreds of teenagers each day but that is the least of her problems Her stress level skyrockets when she finds the stodgy old history teacher, Henry Stoddard, strangled in his classroom Henry was a mean spirited old curmudgeon who had blackmail material on most of the staff Unfortunately, since Barbara was the person to find the body people assume the worst of the new supply teacher Barbara vows to clear her name but with the police suspicious of her already Barbara needs to work fast.My Thoughts This was one of those books that received very favourable reviews in the Kindle store so I took a chance and bought it eager to find a new mystery writer series Unfortunately I disagree with the numerous 5 star ratings and, quite honestly, I m confused by them In my humble opinion, this book was not at a 5 star level for various reasons.First of all, if the dog in the book has a huge roll andof a personality than the human characters you know you re in trouble Cheese Puff the dog got a lot of page time in this book While he may be cute he should have been off on the sidelinesso the mystery could be showcased I think the author was going for cutsie quirky but I was hoping for a lotsuspense and less cutsie canine.The other characters, with the exception of quirky neighbour Mrs Ballentyne, were all one dimensional and very blaw No one really stood out and they all started to blend together This was proven when I kept getting various teachers that Barbara works with mixed up Mrs Ballentyne, whileof a well rounded character, still wasn t as interesting as she could have been Her nefarious past and connections were hinted at but not used to benefit the story as much as I would have hoped or expected.But I think it s Barbara s relationship with her sister that bothered me the most I find it very off putting when a main character has the backbone of a squished slug She s the family doormat and allows her sister to steam roll over her I just don t like reading about someone taking verbal abuse bullying and not standing up for themselves It just doesn t appeal to me Also, the sister didn t add anything to the overall storyline so I m not sure why she had to be added.As for the mystery part of the story It was very slow and never really felt like it had any oomph from the get go The suspense was nonexistent since there were no cool twists or shockers thrown in to shake things up Even the conclusion of the mystery wasn t a surprise Not the sign of a good mystery.Finally, at the beginning of each chapter there was a quiz about substitute teaching Perhaps if I was a substitute teacher I d appreciate those quizzes but after the first few chapters they just got annoying and I skipped them.Unfortunately this mystery didn t pan out as well as I had hoped The writing style was decent but the suspense and memorable characters just weren t there.My Rating 1.5 5 stars I ll start by admitting I met Carolyn J Rose when I took a writing class from her I just finished No Substitute for Murder which I think is her best book yet I don t want to waste a lot of time giving you a synopsis You can read other reviews for that What I will tell you is that this book had me laughing from the first paragraph, right down to the last line Murder does that to me, I guess, when it is written by Carolyn J Rose Yes, there are some tense scenes mixed in with the wild one I ll start by admitting I met Carolyn J Rose when I took a writing class from her I just finished No Substitute for Murder which I think is her best book yet I don t want to waste a lot of time giving you a synopsis You can read other reviews for that What I will tell you is that this book had me laughing from the first paragraph, right down to the last line Murder does that to me, I guess, when it is written by Carolyn J Rose Yes, there are some tense scenes mixed in with the wild ones, lest you think it is all fluff.Although there were many great scenes, there is one so fabulous that I snorted water through my nose in a restaurant, slapped a hand over my mouth, and attempted to stifle the guffaws bursting between my fingers If you have ever broken up with a boyfriend, or husband, or know someone who has, this scene may affect you the same way The ex husband is literally caught with his pants down, and the very likeable protagonist gets to be a fly on the wall This is a must read.Getting back to the fluff Carolyn has added a character by the name of Cheese Puff, who is precious and pampered, except when faced with murderous villains He was adorable and if it weren t for my cats, I d consider getting a puppy just like him.I highly recommend this book I heard someone say she liked this book, but wasn t fond of the quizzes at the first of each chapter Personally, I liked them they were hilarious That may be because I use to be a teacher, but I think anyone might find them amusing, regardless of his her occupation Actually, I must say I thought the entire book was a hoot I m not one for mysteries, but this one was related with so much humor and description, I found myself giggling all the way through I refrained from positive red pen com I heard someone say she liked this book, but wasn t fond of the quizzes at the first of each chapter Personally, I liked them they were hilarious That may be because I use to be a teacher, but I think anyone might find them amusing, regardless of his her occupation Actually, I must say I thought the entire book was a hoot I m not one for mysteries, but this one was related with so much humor and description, I found myself giggling all the way through I refrained from positive red pen comments in the marginbut it was hard The only thing I would have like to see is the quiz questions at the first of each chapter repeated at the end along with the correct answers That way, I wouldn t have had to flip back and forth Nevertheless, my suggestion to anyone who did not enjoy the quizzes, is to just skip them it wouldn t detract for the plot it just gives it a little extra pazzazz Loved this Review to come"/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 253 pages
  • No Substitute for Murder
  • Carolyn J. Rose
  • English
  • 13 September 2019

About the Author: Carolyn J. Rose

Carolyn J Rose grew up in New York s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington She lives in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking.


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