Mayhem, Murder and the PTA – Dave Cravens


Parker Monroe is a tough-talking investigative reporter used to writing headlines, not being the subject of them. When a key source vanishes on a politically toxic story, this single mother of three finds herself at the center of a media storm and out of a job. Ready to reset, Parker moves her family back to the rural town where she grew up. But a gossip-filled PTA, a tyrannical school principal and a gruesome murder make adjusting to the “simple life” anything but. Parker Monroe is about to chase the story of her lifetime…


I was gifted an e-copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review to form part of the virtual book tour. Must be honest, i’m not the biggest fan of the cover – but what is that famous saying again? oh yeah – don’t judge a book by it’s cover.The early stages of the book were funny and a very entertaining read but I didn’t really understand the purpose or the emergence of the main story line. Shortly, this changed and I was immediately hooked in to the book. I love the mystery that threaded itself throughout the story and the family pulls along the way. The characters were all very well developed and I felt a very good attachment to them all, which is quite rare for me. The language, humour and writing style with Dave adopted throughout this book was right up my street. Probably wouldn’t be suitable for a younger audience due to language and sexual references.  Another aspect I enjoyed was Parker’s thoughts in italics throughout the book. This really added to her likability and understanding of her personality – for me anyway. I gave this book a 4 stars out of 5. I would recommend. Narrowly missed out on the 5 start rating due to the slower than necessary start.

Meet the author

As a child, Dave Cravens planned to grow up to be a superhero, the first person to capture Bigfoot and Nessie on film, pilot experimental aircraft out of Area 51, develop cold fusion, and star and direct in his own blockbuster action movies so he could retire at the ripe age of twenty-five and raid tombs the rest of his life. Instead, he got a degree in journalism, which he hasn’t used at all other than to justify his incredibly insightful and valid complaints about the state of journalism. During his twenty-two years in the video game business, he’s written for award winning franchises, directed TV commercials and movies, sprained his ankles numerous times in ultimate frisbee games and published three original novels.


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