"Just the book to sit down with on a rainy afternoon with a cup of hot tea (or toddy). The plot is compelling, the characters are finely-drawn with charming quirks and the sense of place is familiar enough to make the story as unsettling as it is enjoyable to read." ~ Morley from Nova Scotia
"I really enjoyed this mystery. It kept me guessing all through the read. Trust me - I usually figure out the mystery before I finish the book. I hope to read more from this author." - Review from Smashwords
"This is a riveting murder mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end! It's skillfully written, with such plausible characters that you feel these people could be real. The plot is logically developed to a climax that you won't see coming! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Det. Sgt. Drumm's first case, and look forward to many more." ~ Diane from Ontario
"This is an entertaining mystery that kept me guessing. I thought I had the murderer figured out and the detective sergeant didn't know what he was doing. I was wrong." ~ Ginney from Oregon
"This book is well written and very entertaining. Drumm is a great character, well developed, as are the others. Lots of possible suspects for the murder and the answer is revealed in a suspenseful way. I always enjoy the sub plots of the lives of the detectives and these are well done." ~ Pat from Ontario
"I enjoyed this book immensely. The story was compelling, and Anderson did an excellent job of tying up myriad loose ends into a neat package." ~ Jim from Florida
When sexy, seventh grade teacher Sarah Noonan is found murdered in a nearby park, Detective Sergeant Nicholas Drumm of the York Police Services is called in.
Drumm's previous experience as an elementary teacher comes in handy when the investigation leads him to Sarah's school, and a host of suspects, including the school's creepy janitor, an abusive spouse, the principal, a moody and leering fifth grade teacher and the angry and aggressive father of one of her students.
EXCERPT FROM AN INDECENT DEATH
On the east side of the school was the gymnasium with its set of double doors propped open. It was pitch dark inside as Drumm entered, but then the lights flickered on, activated by his presence. Four basketball hoops, stage at one end, banners on the walls, Drumm had seen it all before.
Exiting the gym, Drumm made his way to the back of the school where he found a small hallway leading off to the side. There was a door, slightly ajar, at the end of the hall. It was marked, 'Custodian', and Drumm pushed it open.
Inside there were shelves with various bottles and pails, mops and brooms in the corner, a filing cabinet and a desk. There was also a sink with a chair in front of it. And in the chair, tilted backwards slightly with his feet in the sink, was a man, eyes closed and head back. He was slight, about sixty, with gray stubble on his face and thinning gray hair. He had on a gray shirt and blue work pants; he was wearing work boots and had the standard ID tag around his neck, the one that all school district employees were obliged to wear. Drumm leaned forward. This one identified the wearer as Pierre Pepin.
"Mr. Pepin?" Drumm used his loudest voice, intending to make the janitor jump. Which he did. Pepin opened his eyes, snorted, awkwardly removed his feet from the sink and stood up.
"Sorry, must've dozed off, me. Got here really early this morning, felt really pooped. Not as young as I used to be, me. Just put my feet up for a minute to rest." The custodian's missing tooth was clearly evident, and Drumm agreed with Lynnette, it was a bit creepy. He also suspected that this feet in the sink thing was a regular occurrence.
Drumm showed the janitor his badge. "We're doing some follow-up investigations today, Mr. Pepin. About Sarah Noonan's murder," he added. "Was she a friend