It’s Elementary

Berkley. Jul. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780593640784. pap. $19. M
This fun and twisty mystery from YA author Bryant (Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling) proves that she can also write for the adult audience. Mavis Miller, a hard-working single mom, lives with her feisty daughter, her retired dad, and a new puppy. Her plate is full, and she doesn’t consider herself PTA mom material. When Trisha, the formidable PTA president at her daughter’s school, asks Mavis if she’d like to run the DEI committee there, Mavis’s first reaction is no, but then she reconsiders. As one of the few Black parents at the school, she thinks maybe she could make a difference there. But after the first contentious meeting, the school principal vanishes under suspicious circumstances. Mavis is determined to get to the bottom of his disappearance. Mavis’s life is about to get very interesting, with the hot school psychologist helping her and her ex back on the scene,
VERDICT Filled with snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud scenes, quirky characters, a solid mystery, and a dash of romance, here’s hoping there’ll be more stories about Mavis.
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