Adam and Evil

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Adam and Evil

An Amanda Pepper Mystery, #9

Amanda Pepper is an English teacher at Philly Prep. Most of the students are used to their parents paying their way through everything. She truly cares about her students and tries her best to teach them a love of literature, both modern and classic. In an odd coincidence her investigations often are connected with a wide range of social and moral issues. These issues resonate today, over a decade since the book was first published.

A bright student is becoming more withdrawn and seems to be changing before Amanda's eyes. His parents deny there is a problem and the school tells her to stay out of her student's personal lives and stick to teaching. While on a field trip to the local library, the body of the librarian is found and Adam disappears. The police have questions for Adam and Amanda, even her on again off again beau C K MacKenzie. The school is blaming her and threatening her position and the parents are just as bad. Amanda must find the killer before he gets to her first.

Ms. Roberts has once again brought forth a story filled with suspense, laced with a pinch of intrigue and a dash of humor. Amanda, her family and friends are such great characters that you continue to look forward to each new installment to see how their lives continue to evolve and their inner relationships change, some for the better and some for the worse. Do not worry when you come to the end because although Adam and Evil can be read as a standalone, you can rejoice because this in book nine. That means there are eight more that came before and guess what there are more after it!

Adam and Evil might be classed as a light mystery, but it is heavy with its capacity to enthrall its readers and leave them wanting more. Enjoy the entire Amanda Pepper series. I hope Gillian Roberts considers giving us more of this vivacious women who keeps reminding some of us why they became teachers in the first place. My tenth grade teacher influenced my taste in literature and pressed us to see a book as an adventure. To this day she remains a dear friend. She represents Amanda Pepper to me and all that is good in the teaching profession.


Book Blurb for Adam and Evil

Available for the first time in ebook format, this special edition includes a new introduction from author Gillian Roberts and an exclusive interview with Amanda Pepper herself!

When a high school senior shows signs of mental illness, Amanda attempts to get him help, but she's rebuffed by his parents. When the same boy then becomes the prime suspect in a murder at the Philadelphia Main Library, and runs away, Amanda, who knows he's confused and in need of help—whether or not he committed the crime—has no choice but to run after him. And to run into the possibility of becoming the next victim herself.


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 4.50