Murder is as Easy as ABC (Ed Lazenby Mystery #5)

March 29, 2018

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

When Ed Lazenby let his friends talk him into being a volunteer tutor at a local middle school, he figured it would be boring, but easy, and it was only for a couple of hours, three days a week. It’s not as if he had anything more important to do, anyway. But, when the school principal is found stabbed to death in his office, by Ed of all people, life becomes anything but simple. There’s no shortage of suspects, but Ed has to find out how the killer got into the school with the weapon, and out again without being seen. His motives are personal; on the one hand, he’s an amateur sleuth who can’t resist sticking his nose into a crime, and the other—he’s one of the suspects. He knows he’s innocent, but can he find the real killer before a couple of overzealous detectives decide he’s their man?

 

REVIEW

Feels like one of those classic whodunit murder mysteries!

By Piaras on March 28, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)

Author Charles Ray weaves a noteworthy tale of murder, mystery and suspense with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a ‘cozy’ amateur detective story in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity. This very interesting story unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance; just as any good murder mystery should.

The story had every element a good story should have. An intriguing plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.

The book description gives a preview; ‘When Ed Lazenby let his friends talk him into being a volunteer tutor at a local middle school, he figured it would be boring, but easy, and it was only for a couple of hours, three days a week. It’s not as if he had anything more important to do, anyway. But, when the school principal is found stabbed to death in his office, by Ed of all people, life becomes anything but simple. There’s no shortage of suspects, but Ed has to find out how the killer got into the school with the weapon, and out again without being seen. His motives are personal; on the one hand, he’s an amateur sleuth who can’t resist sticking his nose into a crime, and the other—he’s one of the suspects. He knows he’s innocent, but can he find the real killer before a couple of overzealous detectives decide he’s their man?’

Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself to find out! I will say, however, it’s well worth the read. It’s my second time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed yet again. My first introduction to this author was his novel Over My Dead Body: an Al Pennyback mystery. If you like a more laid back and easy going writing style, these books make for a relaxing, and at times, witty read.

This is a relatively short read that will make you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader! A highly recommended read and a well-deserved five stars from me. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Author Charles Ray has been writing fiction since his teens, having won a national short story writing contest sponsored by a Sunday school magazine. During the 1960s he wrote poetry for the European edition of Stars and Stripes, and has done numerous articles, reviews, cartoons, and photography for several publications in Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He writes in several genres, mystery, fantasy, urban fantasy, and humor, in addition to non-fiction; but, his favorite is mystery. And it shows with this book, along with many others from this prolific writer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’ve been writing fiction since my teens, having won a national short story writing contest sponsored by a Sunday school magazine. During the 1960s I wrote poetry for the European edition of Stars and Stripes, and have done articles, reviews, cartoons, and photography for a number of publications in Asia, Africa, and the U.S. I write in several genres, mystery, fantasy, urban fantasy, and humor, in addition to non-fiction; but, my favorite is mystery.

I wrote a book on leadership, Things I Learned from my Grandmother about Leadership and Life, in 2008, which continues to enjoy modest sales but a growing reputation on three continents. In 2009, I went back to my first love, fiction, with Color Me Dead, the first in my Al Pennyback mystery series.
I was editorial cartoonist for the Spring Lake (NC) News from 1977 to 1981, and had a regular cartoon page and did cover art for the now defunct Buffalo magazine, a publication geared to showcasing the contribution of soldiers of color in US history.

I began the Al Pennyback mystery series from a desire to see stories about Washington, DC, my adopted home, that focused on the ordinary people rather than spies, lobbyists, and politicians.

I write for a number of Internet sites; I was a featured travel contributor on Yahoo Voices from 2010 to 2012 until the featured contributor program was terminated, and am the diplomatic correspondent for asnycnow radio, an Internet radio station based in New York. My own blogs can be viewed at http://charlesaray.blogspot.com and I blog occasionally at http://www.redroom.com/author/charles-a-ray.

I still write poetry from time to time, and have appeared in a number of anthologies.

I’ve recently begun experimenting with making short videos. They can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/Charlieray45?feature=guide.

 

 

 

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