After leaving her husband Emma Lovett is starting over in Pinewood, Colorado at her new job as a teacher. Immediately after starting English teacher Emma finds herself making friends with Leslie Parker who also teaches at the school. Arriving to work early one morning though Emma walks in to find the body of the custodian. Emma and Leslie decide they are going to investigate the murder on their own when the police don’t inspire confidence.
Death by Diploma was a rather cute and funny cozy mystery with these two young teachers looking into the murder in their school. Their investigation is believable enough as they tend to just stumble on clues all throughout the read instead of suddenly becoming like a real detective which turns me off some cozy mysteries.
One thing I did think went a bit over the top with these characters was some of their supposed actions as teachers. A few things along the way with them and other staff wasn’t really believable in a teaching situation… tossing a dodge ball at a student? Wouldn’t happen. But they were funny enough that I hope the author just tossed things in for humor’s sake as real teachers wouldn’t act that way.
Overall, 3.5 stars, an enjoyable little cozy mystery with plenty of funny parts during the investigation.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.