Tuesday, January 2

Relative Danger by June Shaw

Review by Dawn Dowdle

Caelie Gunther arrives in town a few days before her granddaughter Kat's graduation only to find out Kat may not graduate at all.  Caelie made a deathbed promise to Kat's mother that she would see Kat graduate, so she is determined to make Kat graduate.   

Kat explains that a school janitor was killed.  Her favorite teacher is no longer speaking to her so she has no interest in going to school.  Caelie signs up to be a substitute teacher at the high school to get Kat back in classes. 

In the school Caelie encounters some rude students and there are some mysterious incidents as well as more violence.  Can she find the killer in time for Kat to complete her final exams and graduate?  Will the fact that her ex-lover Gil Thurman is in town at his new restaurant sidetrack her plans? 

I enjoyed Caelie.  She is a great senior sleuth.  She is a lot of fun and cares about her family but doesn't want to be tied down to them or them to her.   Apparently she moves around a lot.  She doesn't want to get tied down in a relationship either.  This makes her a very interesting character and also very three-dimensional in my eyes. 

The sparks always fly when she's with Gil.  There is a lot of mystery as to what might develop between them.  I hope that eventually something does. 

I like the way Caelie interacts with her granddaughter and son as well.   

I highly recommend this book.

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