Lethal Lesson

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
When Lysi Weston substitutes as school principal, she discovers two women plus one man can equal murder. Weston’s life leaps from a saunter to a sprint when she finds out teacher Jeff Green is involved in deadly extra curricular activities. The death of of a teacher catapults Weston into the role of sleuth and unwelcome assistant to Detective Molanski. Soon Weston becomes a killer's target. More

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Words: 71,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9780983463108
About Nancy Curteman

Nancy Curteman is the author of the Lysi Weston mystery series. One of her novels, Murder in a Teacup, won an award in the California Writers Club Jack London novel contest. Curteman, a native of Idaho and a former school principal, lives in California with her family where she is working on her fourth Weston mystery set in South Africa.


Review by: karen mueller on Aug. 24, 2011 :
I read this book in less than a week. I could identify with the strong female principal. I loved the romantic Polish Detective. The black woman who thought she had Voodoo powers was unique. The teachers all had their own personalities. I guess I like a character-driven novel. However, the plot kept me turning the pages. I never knew what would happen next. If you like a fast-moving mystery with lots of suspense, read "Lethal Lesson."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jane lester on June 10, 2011 :
If you like mystery stories this is the one to read. No the butler didn't do it. Nancy takes us into a world of a school teacher who snoops a little too much and discovers something she really didn't want to see or get involved. Many colorful and strange people fit the part of who did the murder so bet you can't guess the person. Jane Lester
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mayag on June 08, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book because I really like a mystery that keeps me guessing. About three quarters of the way through I figured I knew who committed the murder. Boy was I surprised at the end. I also enjoyed the novel because the characters each had such distinct personalities. Some were funny and likable. Others were sad. Some were downright disagreeable. If you like complex puzzles, you'll like this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Arthur Carey on April 07, 2011 :
Art Carey

Interesting characters— a nosey neighbor named after a voodoo queen, a whacko ex-Marine still mentally in the military, and a police lieutenant who likes dumplings with mushrooms and sauerkraut—are appealing in this murder mystery. So are problems like sexual harassment and spousal abuse that rile the supposedly quiet, safe environment of life at a school. The plot keeps churning and the suspects don’t go away.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Juli Fernandez on March 20, 2011 :
What I enjoyed most about this book, besides the complicated plot itself, were the characters. It was like I'd either known or would like to have known people just like them. Lysi Weston is a strong woman but also has some failings like we all do. Detective Molanski is the sort of regular guy who would be the kind of dependable friend both men and women would want. Marie LeVeau, the voodoo queen is a character you feel sorry for. Of course, Curteman created a couple of characters you love to hate like the abusive father. All in all, the story was very good. If you like a mystery puzzle, read "Lethal Lesson."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Larry Goodman on March 05, 2011 :
Mystery readers who like complex plots with lots of red herrings and unexpected twists will delight in Nancy Curteman’s new novel, “Lethal Lesson.”

When Weston returns to her former school district as interim school principal, her intention is to enjoy a quiet respite from her high stress job in the corporate world. Instead, she has to deal with the murder of a young male teacher and the dark secrets that led to his death.

Surrounded by “helpful” quirky characters, Weston embarks on the trail she hopes will lead to the killer. A pseudo voodoo queen, a motorcycle gang wannabee, a middle-aged female stalker and a romance addict complicate her sleuthing effort. An earthy detective adds a touch of spice to the story.

The ending is a surprise that you don't see coming despite all the foreshadowing Curteman deftly provides.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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