Poison at the PTA

Poison at the PTA by Laura Alden

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 Fifth PTA mystery: As the Tarver Elementary School PTA president, Beth is always on the go -- especially when someone puts murder on the agenda. She desperately needs a nice long rest, but how can she take a break when there's been a murder in her town? (Released February 2014.)


Curse of the PTA

Fourth PTA mystery; Beth, as the new PTA president, gavels a contentious meeting to a halt. Half the PTA stalks off in one direction, half in the other. When shots are heard, Beth races to the scene and finds...murder. (Released April 2013.)


Plotting at the PTA

Plotting at the PTA by Laura AldenThird PTA mystery: Beth is excited about a PTA project that pairs senior citizens with children to produce a fundraising book. But her enthusiasm is dampened when a bookstore customer dies from bee stings. (Released July 2012.)


Foul Play at the PTA

Foul Play at the PTA by Laura AldenSecond PTA mystery: Beth finds that PTA meetings can get pretty heated. But after PTA member Sam Helmstetter is strangled in his car, Beth and Marina fear there may be a killer in the group.(Released July 2011.)


Murder at the PTA

Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden

The first PTA Mystery was released in October 2010 and was nominated for an Agatha Award, Best First Novel. As the owner of a children’s bookshop in the quaint town of Rynwood, Wisconsin, and a mother of two, Beth Kennedy has a full plate.


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Beth Kennedy is a working mother and a PTA secretary, so being busy is nothing new for her. Murder, however, seems to be her new order of business….

Praise for "Poison at the PTA"

  • "This has been one of my very favorite series since I read the first book ... it is very well plotted and I kept reading to find out what happened next." – MyShelf.com
Praise for "Plotting at the PTA"
  • "Cozy readers will truly delight in the fact that this is the third in the series of these super-fun books, and with each release the plots just keep getting better and better...Strong characters and monumental surprises, this cozy is a definite keeper!" – Suspense Magazine
  • "The story has its twists and turns and one very surprising development. This author’s writing continues to get better and better. She is letting her characters evolve so naturally. The dialogue...is fresh and full of humor. The members of the P.T.A. are unique and real." – Escape with Dollycas
  • "It's her best book ever!" – Laura's mother-in-law

Praise for "Foul Play at the PTA"

  • “Pick this one up - you’ll love the people, the town, the plot, and the writing.”  – ReaderToReader.com
  • “Well-crafted.”  – Publisher’s Weekly
  • “The second PTA mystery is an enjoyable and pleasant read and the main character is likable and amusing.”  – Romantic Times Book Reviews

Praise for "Murder at the PTA" - an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel of 2010

  • “Alden has strong talent and a well-skilled use of language that brings the story alive and gives vitality to each character.”   –Fresh Fiction.com
  • “Murder at the PTA is well worth your time.” – Lynne F. Maxwell, Mystery Scene
  • “Let's hope Murder at the PTA is only the first of many mysteries for Beth Kennedy.” – Lesa Holstine
  • “A truly wonderful debut to a series I can't wait to see continue.” – Dollycas’s Thoughts
  • “Laura Alden captures PTA mayhem with humor and warm-hearted characters. This cozy new series gets an A+!"          – Krista Davis, NYT Bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries


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      Book Signing

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      Book Dates & Deadlines

      • February 4, 2014
        Release date for PTA #5, Poison at the PTA.
      • February 15, 2014
        Laura's self-imposed deadline for starting the (unnamed) 3nd Bookmobile Cat Mystery, written under the name Laurie Cass.
      • June 15, 2014
        Deadline for submitting the manuscript of the 3rd Bookmobile Cat Mystery.
      • March 2015
        Release of the 3rd Bookmobile Cat Mystery.


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