Teaching can be a rewarding experience except where Fiona Quinn happens to teach. Like Jessica Fletcher she too is s magnet for murder and not for the first time Fiona is going to use her ingenuity and curiosity to find a killer. But, first let’s flashback a bit and meet the unlucky victim whose name happens to be Lucky Maguire. Well liked at the school and always ready to assist others, Lucky was the first each day to help Fiona’s student Sophie with her wheelchair. He even cane to take her kindergarten class to music. Lucky was smitten with the school nurse Melinda and was going to buy the winning lottery ticket to help purchase a ring hoping she would accept his proposal. But, things are not always what they seem and an evil and annoying neighbor whose sister is completely out of this supernatural strange world plagues poor Fiona. You see there’s a ghost living in Fiona’s hose and Astrid the sister of this neighbor is doing everything to flush it out and communicate with it.
Making it worse she has to deal with Jody Kerr the stepparent of one of her students who’s plagued with nosebleeds. Her cryptic notes are enough to make you scream and Astrid is enough to make you snap.
Detective Nathan Landry is her boyfriend and he informs her of Lucky’s death and the arrest of the school nurse. Here is where things spike up as Sophie’s mother is her replacement and in need of funds to purchase a new wheelchair for Sophie. Melinda the nurse confides in Fiona after released on bond and things get even stranger. Julia and Melinda are best friends so why does it seem like Julia who is the librarian wants no part of Melinda?
Things take on a dangerous tone when Nathan and Fiona visit the crime scene and a simple toy called Wizz Kidd might hold the answers not only to her knock knock jokes but reveal a killer.
Lucky had the winning ticket but had he lived would have shared it with another winner. But, still he would have been a millionaire many times over.
Author Cindy McDonald once again places Fiona in the role of sleuth along with detective Nathan in order to formulate a plan so ingenious yet unique to catch a killer. Just whose voice was recorded on the Wizz Kidd? Who wanted it all and why?
Someone really has it in for not only Lucky but also Fiona too as the events spiral out of control and Fiona realizes that Astrid wants to become an unwelcome fixture in her life. She is determined to connect with Grandma Evelyn and her antics are part of the imagination of not only Astrid but also author Cindy McDonald. While Nathan questions Julia Bell the librarian you get an uneasy feeling with every encounter. Jody Kerr has now become a fixture in the school as well as Mrs. Mills; Sophie’s mother the new nurse. But, which one is the killer or is it someone hiding in plain sight?
Each time Nathan and Fiona try to figure out who the killer might be obstacles stand in their way until Fiona and Nathan hear a voice on the Wizz Kidd recorder that they found at the crime scene. But, just whose voice is it and will this be admissible if they can catch a dangerous killer. Money, greed, financial security who wouldn’t want that and if it means eliminating the lottery ticker winner so be it!
Nathan comes up with a plan that might be others in danger but will the school’s principal and the board agree to what he and Fiona have come up with? What about the primary safety of the children with Melinda out on bail? When you attend the board meeting and hear the concerns would you send your child to this school? After all this is not the first person working there that has been eliminated. Fiona seems to be in the thick of things and Nathan has no trouble allowing her to use her sleuthing skills to trap a killer but will she be another victim?
The scene at the crime scene where they find the Wizz Kidd and the knock knock jokes helps release the tension of the murder investigation but when Miles goes too far in class the next time well Emma I guess might have ended his reign! But, you have to admit the jokes are funny and some even have a point!
So, when Officer Wyatt Hayes agrees to become the music teacher replacing Lucky, and Officer Tavia Andrews a student teacher in Fiona’s class, will anyone see through the plot? Questioning each of his suspects and putting the bug in their head that Lucky had the winning ticket but someone else would profit too might help flush out a killer. But, the final scene is not only tense but humorous as well as Fiona comes home from the board meeting, Nathan left her to go for a pizza and then she realizes she is not alone. Just how did Astrid get into her house and what was she trying to do? Who else is there and what will happen if they do not try and stop this person? Faced with a difficult choice and Nathan face to face with a gun pointed at him how did this person know where to find the ticket? How did this person know that Melinda had a gun in her desk draw? Teachers are not allowed to have weapons but she wanted to be ready in case of a school terrorist attack or any other intruder coming into the building. This brings to light the issue of school violence, school safety and terrorist attacks that are always in the news practically on a daily basis. So, when the final scenes take place and the killer is identified you won’t believe the reasons why! Lives are at stake and the winnings up for grab and the killer feeling no remorse. Just who killed the music teacher and why? Who would benefit from the winnings from his ticket? The only way you will find out is to read this humorous, heartfelt and creative novel. Before you buy your next lottery ticket make sure you place it in a safe place and be smart tell no one that you bought it and if you win make sure you let the world know in a public and safe way or else you too might become a victim of someone who is greedy, needy and desperate and learn the meaning of: GOOD LUCK FOR MURDER!
Actually you should carry a four-leaf clover, rabbit’s foot and maybe ask Astrid for a special potion or spell! Who knows what’s next for Fiona!
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