A Hole in Juan

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A Hole in Juan

An Amanda Pepper Mystery

Juan Angel Reyes is the new chemistry teacher at Philly Prep High School, the same private school Amanda Pepper teaches English at. JAR, as the students referred to him, was not a popular teacher. The feeling was mutual. Reyes signed on to teach at Philly Prep only to earn the money for his PhD and felt nothing but disdain for the students. When strange pranks around the school begin to get out of hand and Reyes winds up in the ICU following an accident, Mandy thinks the two events may be connected. Not to mention C K's visiting 16 year old nephew with an attitude has been sent to stay with them until he gets his act together. This stressful situation puts pressure on the marriage of newlyweds Mandy and C K.

I have read this series from when Amanda Pepper first met Detective C K Mackenzie when he investigated a murder in her apartment. Mandy progressed from suspect to date to girlfriend, to lover to live in to fiancé to wife. I cannot wait to see where their relationship goes from here. Gillian Roberts has written a series that has grown with the characters that she writes about. They have become very good friends and as such I look forward to visiting them again soon. This is the thirteenth book in the series and although it is listed as a standalone book and can be enjoyed as such, I recommend reading the series to see how the relationships have developed over the series. Starting with Caught Dead In Philadelphia. It gives you a chance to get to know the people better and learn how they interact with one another. You will fall in love with the funny and quirky sense of humor of Mandy and the southern charm of CK. Pick up a copy today, no matter where you start in this series, it is guaranteed to entertain you.

Book Blurb for A Hole in Juan

No matter the season, the Philadelphia private school where Amanda Pepper teaches English is never a center of tranquility. But with Halloween and the annual Mischief Night party only days away, the hope is that nothing more than old-fashioned vandalism and pranks will take place.

No such luck. Trouble erupts long before the witching hour, as the school is plagued by a series of mishaps ranging from the trivial to the potentially deadly–and most of which seem to center on a group of popular seniors.

A fire alarm rings during a test; all the orange and black paint is stolen from the art room; the mustard packets are taken from the cafeteria. Perhaps more serious: chemicals and equipment disappear from the science lab, as does one of Amanda's exams and her attendance book. And the dapper new science instructor, Juan Reyes, receives a threatening message recalling that a teacher was once flayed to death by his students.

As Amanda juggles teaching, moonlighting as a private investigator with her husband, C.K. Mackenzie, and coping with C.K.'s visiting sixteen-year-old high school-dropout nephew, she tries to find out what, or who, is behind the ominous events.

Before she can unmask the tricksters, the turmoil in the school increases when students rise up against the administration's censuring (and censoring) of a campus poet. Then unrest escalates into a lethally explosive menace, and Amanda receives a warning that there is more–and far worse–to come.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2014 4.50