A stint of English teaching turns deadly in a New England town.
When Matthew “Chug” O’Malley walked away from his job as a television reporter, his wife walked away from him. Now, he’s living alone in a cabin in Massachusetts and trying to write a book about his experiences as a substitute high school teacher. But his project takes a different turn when he receives a note whose hint at suicide demands attention. The school principal dismisses it as a prank until a student at Prescott High is found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning inside his car. Sgt. Miranda Cusack is as curious as Chug to discover why he received the note and why someone is shooting at him at his cabin. As the sergeant grows more certain that the supposed suicide was murder, and Chug grows more attracted to the sergeant, a second note purposely misleads Chug and everyone else who’s trying to protect the students. Too late to stop the murder of a sexy senior, and unprepared for another, even more shocking death, Chug finds the clues he needs in the sentence structure of the killer’s notes and in a couple of digits on another piece of paper that lead to an inevitable shootout in an enjoyable, if not exactly innovative, debut.
Although you have to join the hero in questioning the killer’s motive, college English teacher Shannon offers well-rounded characters and a healthy dose of romance to balance out the bloodshed.