by Sandra Murphy
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Phyllis Newsom shares her home with three other teachers—Eve, Caroline and Sam. They enjoy each other’s company, love to cook, and it helps stretch retirement budgets. Sometimes, they investigate murders.
When a teacher friend gets sick, Phyllis and Sam agree to long-term substitute teaching jobs until their friend and spouse are able to return. Ranger, their friend’s cat, is also staying with them although Sam’s dog Buck isn’t sure if cats are dangerous or fun to play with. Add in Sam’s blue-haired, sixteen-year-old granddaughter Ronnie, who showed up without warning and stayed, and there’s a houseful of activity.
Ronnie has a crush the size of Texas on Chase, a senior. Much teenage angst on her part means Sam needs to keep a close eye on her, especially since Chase’s friends are suspected of dealing drugs. The school’s first dance of the year is on Friday the Thirteenth. Phyllis is persuaded to chaperon and, oh by the way, bring cupcakes and brownies. The students are supposed to stay in the cafeteria, but it’s hard to keep track of all of them in the crowd.
After the punch bowl is broken, Phyllis goes in search of the janitor but instead finds a dying man. Once again, she’s pulled into an investigation whether she likes it or not. This one proves to be harder to solve.
Phyllis and Sam are more than friends although no details are given. It’s refreshing to see an older couple who have varied interests, are active in the community and who obviously care for each other. Caroline and Eve are not seen as much this time but do make their presence known. Ronnie adds a lot to the story with her flair for the dramatic.
There are twelve other books in the series. Readers will enjoy spending time with Phyllis and her friends enough to want to read them all.
Phyllis also generously shares recipes: gluten-free banana nut oat pancakes; chocolate mint cat brownie; killer sugar cookies; ranch Cheez-its; Lit’l Mummy dogs (a play on pigs in a blanket); chocolate mummy cupcakes and frosting; slow cooker Texas chicken and dumplings; spinach, mushroom, and egg casserole; sausage egg casserole; cheesy bacon egg brunch casserole. Read how Phyllis solves the murder while the treats are baking.
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