Philly Stakes

by Gillian Roberts | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0345362667 Global Overview for this book
Registered by eponine38 of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 4/16/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by eponine38 from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, April 16, 2012
Book Description
Publication Date: August 13, 1990
"The central pleasure is Pepper and her catalogue of urban woes, delivered with self-depracting savagery and humor in a scathing first person."

Book two in the Amanda Pepper mystery series.

Amanda Pepper, an English teacher at school for Philadelphia's filthy rich, is determined to teach the kids a lesson about the true spirit of Christmas. She intends to have them cook and serve a meal to the homeless, but unfortunately a powerful parent takes over, and the simple meal turns into a catered affair--topped off by murder. Of course, Amanda wants to solve the crime with her sometime boyfriend and cop C.K. Mackenzie. She's equally determined to teach the the elusive killer a lesson or two, as well.

Journal Entry 2 by eponine38 at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, July 20, 2019
I’ve been reading this series out of order. This is #2 (between Caught Dead in Philadelphia and I’d rather be in Philadelphia, both of which I read before this one). It was enjoyable, but my least favorite of the three. Still a worthwhile read. Amanda Pepper, central figure/sleuth in the series, teaches at an exclusive private school and her students live in a cocoon of privilege, with the attitude of entitlement that often entails. Trying to make them aware of and empathetic to those less fortunate is a tall order.

Journal Entry 3 by eponine38 at Panera Bread - Porter Sq in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, July 20, 2019

Released 2 mos ago (7/20/2019 UTC) at Panera Bread - Porter Sq in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA


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Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, July 21, 2019
Grabbed this one at today's meetup; many thanks! It opens with "I blame the whole mess on Charles Dickens," with some amusing quips about protagonist/teacher Amanda trying to get her class of privileged kids enthused about a "Christmas Carol"-themed production of some kind - only to have it universally squelched. This leads to an attempt at teaching a real-world lesson about being Scrooge-ish, which also gets squelched by the wealthy parents - and then the wealthiest parent gets himself murdered... I enjoyed some of the quips and snark, but found myself losing interest in mid-story, so I skimmed to the (admittedly very tense) climax; a bit too chatty, that murderer, but not a bad finish.

Released 2 mos ago (7/24/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Little Brook Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts USA


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