Father Felix, Head master and parish priest at St. Polycarp Church and school has been called to serve the Vatican in Rome. Although a great honor for Father Felix, it has less than happy consequences for his loyal teachers and staff at St. Polycarp elementary school. The new Principal is a Mrs. Logan formerly from St. Judes. She’s a severe, no-nonsense administrator who has a strict code of conduct for the teachers. Sensible shoes, conservative clothes, hair kept up in a ponytail to avoid head-lice and no chocolate. For Mrs. Hopwood, a flashy dresser, stiletto heel fan and a chocolate lover the news is terrible. She and her fellow teacher, Mrs. Johnson, are filled with dread. To make matters worse, Mrs. Logan is bringing in new teachers, a new secretary—Miss Turnipseed who has a decidedly un-friendly attitude—and new assignments—different grade levels. Horrifying! Mrs. Hopwood is moving from the sweet security of the second grade to the scary prepubescence of the fifth. Dreadful! The two friends and amateur sleuths—or busy bodies in Father Felix’s opinion—have faced many trials at St. Polycarp—the dreadful murder of a seventh grade teacher before class and a summer school field trip to Sicily with a group of obnoxious girls from St. Hilda’s where the killer who stalked them through the catacombs was almost as scary as their charges. So when a cafeteria lady dies mysteriously during Parents’ night, Mrs. Hopwood and Mrs. Johnson have a dual mission—to find a sadistic murderer without getting fired—or killed.
About the Author
Marianna Heusler is the author of eight novels including two prior St. Polycarp mysteries, Murder at St. Polycarp and Cappuccino at the Crypt. She is also the author of hundreds of published short stories and her mini mysteries have frequently been featured in Woman’s World. A retired teacher, she has taught at all grade levels in Catholic Schools and also taught third grade in a private all girls’ school on the upper eastside of Manhattan. Marianna lives in New York City with her husband, Joel, her son, Maximilian, and her little dog, Dolce. She spends her free time, writing, working out, and volunteering for the Red Cross. You can learn more about Marianna by clicking onto www.mariannamystery.com or by following her fashion blog at mariannaheusler.typepad.com