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Class Reunions Are Murder

(A Poppy McAllister Mystery #1)

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For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a ver
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Kindle Edition, 407 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Kensington
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Carrie
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein is the first book in the new cozy Poppy McAllister Mystery series. From the opening pages of this book I knew I was going to be in for a really good read when I was already laughing before the story had really even begun.

Poppy is single again after the death of her husband and just learning how to be on her own again while dealing with a meddlesome mother in law when she gets an invite to her class reunion. Now Poppy does not have the fondest memories of
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Holly  B

Yay! I'm finally starting a series with book #1. I always seem to read books out of order, but this is the first and it was extremely entertaining!

Poppy McAllister and her cat Figaro (I want to name a cat that) had me laughing out loud and even speaking aloud to them! This was the audio version and I thought it added to my enjoyment. Poppy is a forty-something widow and kind of down on her luck (which she doesn't mind reminding us of often). She is planning on attending her 25th year class re-un
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abby
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just pure fun.

Poppy McAllister is dreading the high school reunion her best friend talked her into attending. Since the death of her husband, Poppy's life has been unraveling one cookie at a time. Her clothes no longer fit, her mother in law is breathing down her neck, and her only companion is Figaro the cat. Her dreams of becoming a pastry chef and a mother seem long gone. She doesn't need to sit in a gymnasium full of old bullies to realize her life isn't going as planned.

Poppy
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Wohoo!!! I loved, loved, LOVED, this book! Class Reunions are Murder is the first book in the Poppy McAllister cozy mystery series and I know it is going to be a HUGE HIT among fans of this genre. It's got everything I wanted in a cozy mystery and more! Gosh, the only thing that disappoints me is that I have to wait until July 2018 for the next installment!! This is a must read if you're a fan of cozy mysteries. If you haven't read much in the
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Linda
New cozy author Libby Klein blasts back to the past in her debut mystery “Class Reunions Are Murder”. I loved the sassy, wise-cracking, plus-size protagonist, Poppy McAllister as she braves her 25 year class reunion to confront the (still) mean girls, and manages to pull out all the stops to keep a conniving social services worker from sending her Aunt Ginny to an assisted living home.

The plot is fresh and fun! Poppy keeps the dialogue snapping with her wit and ‘I got grit’ personality. I was ch
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LORI CASWELL
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a fresh, fun, and very entertaining read!

Poppy McAllister has been dealing with the grief of her husband’s death. She hardly leaves her house and is in no hurry do so. She and her cat are just fine. Then she receives an invite to her class reunion including a letter from Barbie, one of the popular crowd of which Poppy was never ever part of. She has no desire to attend but her best friend begs her to come.

“Friday afternoon dawned bright and early and my alarm clock le
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Susan
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Class Reunions Are Murder

Libby Klein


CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER is the first book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series. I truly believe this was the funniest cozy I have ever read. I was laughing throughout most of the book and Poppy won my heart from the very first chapter. Written by a fellow Jersey girl, I was instantly hooked from page one and could not put this wonderful story down. The twists and turns kept coming and I had to know who dun it! Every time I thought I knew who it was, a few
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Wow, this book was freakin hilarious and just fantastic all around!❤📚 I have to admit I pretty much read this book twice even though I have other ARCs I need to finish but in my defense it only took two days! 😀This is one of those stories you can just laugh out loud to and the main character is just freakin awesome! I just needed this story to cheer me up!😊
Poppy is a plus size woman who is trying to get over her grief of becoming a widow and how she learns to break away from her grief is just
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Yvonne
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life isn’t going well for Poppy McAllister. She’s only in her 40’s and already a widow. The only one she talks to is her cat. When she receives an invitation to her twenty-five year class reunion, she has no intentions on attending, but her best friend convinces her that it would be fun. Although Poppy has her doubts, her friend wears her down and she agrees to return to her hometown of Cape May, New Jersey.

Unfortunately, there are old enemies who haven’t changed at all in 25 years. The nasiest
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Mark Baker
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Recent widow Poppy McAllister isn’t planning to go to her 25th high school reunion until some friends talk her into it. She is definitely not excited about seeing popular girl Barbie, who has requested a meeting with Poppy and her friends. Barbie hasn’t changed since high school, and Poppy and her friends have a run in with their former nemesis. A few minutes later, Poppy finds Barbie dead outside Poppy’s old locker. With the police certain that Poppy is the killer, she leaps into action to find ...more
Libby Klein
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
i found it delightful and hilarious. Aunt Ginny would agree with me. 😁
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Put on your seatbelts, and a crash helmet, because CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER is a fast paced, high speed ride of a story.

Before I had a chance to read this book, I had friends messengering me telling me I had to put it to the top of my TBR. I started it with high hopes and was not disappointed. Page after page I was laughing so hard I was crying. It took me forever to write this review because the only word that kept coming to mind was laughtastic. While it is accurate description for so many p
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Betty
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new author for me and the first in a new series. The writing flows easy and characters are developed. The descriptions will put you into the story. The plot is different. A love triangle may be developing. The police presence is unusual and minimal.I
Poppy McAllister, a middle age suspects experiencing a pity party since the death of her beloved husband. She is pressured to attend her 25th high school reunion by 3 friends. While there, the class bully is murdered and Poppy finds her dead. A cla
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Sabine
I LOVED IT SOOOO MUCH! This was a very engaging story with a great variety of characters.

Poppy comes back to Cape May for her 25 year Highschool class reunion. Barb, the head cheerleader and her arch nemesis, is still as rude and unlikeable as she had been in Highschool. When she is killed that night and Poppy discovers the body she becomes the prime suspect.

I don’t have a lot in common with Poppy but her character was so well written that I could relate to her and her problems at all times. I
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Karen
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST READ! I finished Class Reunions Are Murder by LIbby Klein late Thursday night. I started it Wednesday night and at midnight my son came out of his room and said "just how long is that chapter?" when I sat down at 8:30 to read it, I said I would be in to say good night to him after I finished the chapter I was reading, apparently he had been waiting a good long while... I did not want to put this book down. Each time I picked it up and got interrupted, I found I kept wanting to run grab th ...more
Carole Jarvis
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To say that Class Reunions Are Murder is a great cozy mystery really doesn’t do it justice, for this story is refreshingly different and stands out in its genre. All the key traditional elements – humor, small-town setting, amateur protagonist, ensemble cast, murder investigation – are beautifully blended into something special with the creative genius hand of author Libby Klein.

Best of all is the lead character, Poppy McAllister, who captured
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Shelly
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Class Reunions are Murder is the debut book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series. What an enjoyable book! It’s full of humor, nostalgia and sass! What I enjoyed most about this book is how relatable the characters are written. Poppy isn’t perfect, but she is perfectly likable. As the book begins Poppy is stuck in a middle-age funk, but all that is about to change once she sets off for her hometown to attend a class reunion and catch up with her eccentric Aunt Ginny. Poppy’s high school arch-ne ...more
Peggy R
Class Reunions Are Murder, the first book in Libby Klein's Poppy McAllister Mystery series was a fun, entertaining read. I like the premise of the murder taking place at a class reunion. I had read a plot like this yet in a cozy mystery. Poppy McAllister, herself, is a relatable and sympathetic main character. I liked watching her grow and gain inner strength to turn around her situation and take her future into her own hands. She is reluctantly pulled into investigating a murder after she becom ...more
Dawn Frazier
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book! I absolutely loved everything about it. Poppy, the main character, is so great! Lots of humorous moments and some great 80s references, this is one of my new favorite series!
Tari
This was such a fun book to read! I found myself laughing on a regular basis at some of the scenes. I think this series is definitely off to a great start and I can't wait to find out what the next book brings.

Poppy McAllister let herself be talked into going to her 25th high school reunion by her best friend, Sawyer. She was widowed, depressed and quite a bit overweight, so she had no desire to be seen by anyone, except her cat Figaro that she lived with in her and her husband's big house. Popp
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FangirlNation
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poppy McAllister gets dragooned into attending her high school’s 25th reunion by her best friend, Sawyer Montgomery, especially after the pair and their two best friends get cards from Barbie Clark, their biggest enemy from high school in Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein. Since getting widowed six months earlier, Poppy really let herself go, refusing to leave her house except for getting more junk food to gorge on, so she fears facing her former classmates, especially after she gets to h ...more
Mary Brown
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Class Reunions Are Murder
A Poppy McAllister Mystery, Book #1
Libby Klein
5+ Stars

Synopsis:

For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.

Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popu
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K.A. Davis
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CLASS REUNIONS ARE MURDER, the first book in the brand new Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein, is sure to be a mega-hit! From the beginning, I was drawn into the story and the life of the protagonist, Poppy McAllister. Like a favorite dessert, I wanted to gobble the book up all at once in one sitting but real life sometimes doesn’t allow that so I had to put it down frequently. However, those interludes allowed me to savor every delicious word and scene in the story, making my readin ...more
Fred
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Class Reunions Are Murder is the first book in the A Poppy McAllister Mystery series.

When Poppy gets an invitation to her 25th class reunion she has no desire to attend and have to see Poppy and Amber, the high school bullies. Poppy has recently lost her husband, John, and is grieving his loss and facing depressions as the pounds keep increasing. She also wants to avoid seeing Tim, who she was engaged to high school and they went their separate ways and she ended up pregnant and married John. Bu
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
A new series and what a trip down memory lane....high school reunions, graduating in the 1980's and the fashion of that time, and humor galore made this a very enjoyable book.

Poppy is a woman I can identify with - plus size, loves to cook and eat but has a heart of gold when it comes to friends and family (even if they are a bit nuts). I was enthralled with Poppy's back story and how she arrived to that point in her life. There were happy and sad moments in that regard, but it made Poppy a stron
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JoAn
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein was an entertaining introduction into this new cozy series.

Poppy McAllister is an older heroine with several issues going on in her life. She has been depressed due to her husband's death and her treatment by her bully mother-in-law. Aunt Ginny is a fabulous supporting character and I loved getting to know her. Poppy's best friend, Sawyer, is also a likable character that I enjoyed getting to know. I found the retrospective of high school episodes of bull
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a wonderful start to a new series. I loved the themes in this book. Besides having a mystery, there is high school bullying, healthy living and naturopathic healing as well as self-esteem, acceptance and second chances. All this is wrapped up in fun with a lot of laughs along the way.

Poppy McAllister is dreading the 25th reunion of her high school graduating class, in fact, she doesn't even want to go. Her best friend, Sawyer, talked her into attending along with the other two girls, Ki
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Shalini
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story goes hence, a 25 year reunion of High School, where Barbie and her gang are still the bullies till Barbie is found dead and Poppy our main character is the arrested. To prove her innocence and to be proactive, Poppy and her best friend Sawyer along with Aunt Ginny go on an investigative quest to find the real killer. The 3 investigators Sawyer, Aunt Ginny, and Poppy are the fabulous trio, though Aunt Ginny is in a class of her own, she is just too cute. 80 year old going salsa dancing ...more
NicoleG
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and fresh first in series cozy mystery! I loved the quirky characters like Aunt Ginny and the very likable characters of Poppy and her friends. I will be looking forward to more books in this series.
The Cozy Review
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. The last thing she wants to do is attend her 25th class
reunion. After receiving a bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school, she is positive that the reunion is going to be a horrible experience. Her best
friend practically drags her to the event only to end in Barbie being murdered.

Using the dreaded homecoming as
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Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School sometime in the '80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that forced her to remove gluten from her kitchen and adopt a Paleo Diet. Now her life revolves around coffee and bacon. When she’s not feeling sorry ...more

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