In Death by Diploma we meet Emma who is starting her first teaching job and quickly makes friends with another teacher named Leslie. These two form an instantaneous bond and the author did a phenomenal job creating this characters and detailing their interactions with one another. It’s not often you see such depth to a relationship between two characters so quickly (at least not a platonic one). I thought the story line was well developed and added a little mystery and thrill to it. These two teachers sneaking around to find out who murdered the janitor, all while getting to know this man a whole lot better.
I feel like the portrayal of the school setting was accurately depicted and the relationships and interactions among students and faculty was realistic. Overall I believe this to be a solid story and I certainly look forward to reading more in this series and from this author.
Unfortunately, I do have to agree with some of the other reviews I have seen and say that Emma’s southern accent was distracting. The other thing I noticed that became overwhelming was the Shakespeare references. One or two of them would’ve been okay, but it seemed there were numerous ones and I felt they took away from the story. I do understand that the purpose behind them was for Emma and Leslie to further bond, but I feel the author did an excellent job doing so without these references/quotes and felt that it took away from the point of the story.
I do look forward to reading the second in the series because I can’t wait to see what Emma gets herself tangled up into next!
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