Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)” as Want to Read:
Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  60 reviews
High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Poison by Punctuation, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Poison by Punctuation

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.20  · 
Rating details
 ·  70 ratings  ·  60 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)
Whispering Stories
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed by Marcia on

Poison by Punctuation is the second book in the Chalkboard Outlines series by author Kelley Kaye. The first book, Death by Diploma I read back in April and really enjoyed it. Whilst reading the books in order was beneficial, I don’t think there would be an issue with reading book two without reading book one first.

Amateur sleuths, English teachers Emma Lovett and Leslie Parker are back to do their thing, solve mysteries. After an eventful first
Briar's Reviews
This sequel is another thrilling yet cozy mystery that is set in the halls of a high school!

We continue on in this book with Emma and Leslie in yet another pickle. This time around, a student was murdered! The suspense is excellent in this story - I felt myself being pulled in even farther into the story as each page went by. It really hooks the reader and makes them feel committed! Throw in some A grade comedy, fantastic character development and lots of education allusions and you've got one
Micky Cox
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Someone has left a threat for the high school that seems to encompass all the students and teachers, but things definitely heat up when a student is found dead and someone is trying to kill off the teachers especially Emma and Leslie! Excellent characters that are well developed with unique personalities enhance an interesting and intriguing plot. Toss in some personal turmoil for both of our leading ladies and you have a well rounded book that will provide you with hours of entertainment. You d ...more
Quirky and a little crazy, this cozy mystery will keep readers on their toes as murder hits close to home in the hallowed halls of education. High school teacher Emma Lovett and her best friend, Leslie are determined to find justice for cheerleader, Kristen Hollis. Will they be putting themselves in the cross hairs of danger?

How can they find a murderer when the murder weapon is far from normal? The plot thickens as the list of suspects grows. Was it the new teacher? The zealot preacher? A stud
Mrs. Y
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
To get ready for this review, I would suggest you have an apple close by, a nice cup of coffee and an open mind. Why? We are going back to school. Specifically, we are going back to yesterday and the same series by Kelley Kaye. Today's adventure includes mystery, suspense, poison, and a man with eyelashes that a beauty guru would kill for. That's right! It's time for a review of "Poison by Punctuation" by Kelley Kay Bowles!


I want to again thank Kelley for asking me to review her series; t
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series about an English teacher who's moved to a small town where the police isn't the brightest. At all. Along with her friends, they end up investigating happenings in their school on their own. This time, many students and even Emma herself have received threats when someone is actually killed. That's when Emma meets the forensics doctor Will, who'll join forces with her friends in finding out the culprit, and sway her heart from Hunter.

I've read the first numbe
Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kate is book two in her Chalkboard Outlines series. Prepare to embark on another mystery with Emma and Leslie while they work to discover who is sending threatening notes, the mysterious and tragic death of a teenage girl, and the three new teachers who seem less than interested in engaging in any type of friendship with Emma and the other teachers.
Punctuation by Poison is the first book that I have read by Kelley Kate and while it is the second book in this seri
Rosemary K
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma Lovett is an English teacher in Pinewood Colorado. She loves her job and her life. Emma and her friend, Leslie, like to help investigate crime. These two ladies have the ability to find clues that others miss I admired how well they work together. I had to laugh when Emma uses her Southern Belle charm to I get information. When a High School cheerleader was killed, I was shocked. Thank goodness! Emma and Leslie are there to help. I liked the characters and the Shakespeare quotes. Emma's rom ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all whodunit fans!...

Author Kelley Kaye weaves a witty mystery adventure, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a humorous and entertaining story in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘High school te
Donadee's Corner
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
Poison by Punctuation - Bk 2 Chalkboard Outlines - Written by Kelley Kaye - Reviewed 5/12/18 - Read 4/23-24/18
I never realized that High School could be so dangerous!!!!!

High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis. Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a te
Nia Ireland
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love cosy mysteries so much - this one featured the utterly and deliciously far-fetched murder of a high school student (actually very sad, come to think of it) and the clues are fed to you throughout, sending you in all directions until the conclusion which is a complete surprise!

Emma and Leslie are amateur sleuths of the highest order; they disregard all notions of personal safety and police procedure, jumping headlong into their own investigation of the suspicious death of a student. Their
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-work
Emma has survived her first year of teaching (and the fallout of finding a murderer!) and is starting the second year full of hope and plans.  Some of the plans involve Hunter, and finding out why they seem to be dancing around each other (does he no longer want to be going out with her?), but a lot of this is derailed when graffiti is sprayed in the new gym complex, bullying letters are being sent to the cheerleaders (and some of the staff) and even more derailed when one of the Cheerleading te ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Emma has made it through her first year of teaching and what happens next? Her friend, Leslie, and herself investigate the murder of a cheerleader. They want to see justice and they will. They are so great together and you can’t help but laugh. They don’t care about their own safety in goes out the door but these two always get the job done.

The characters in this book are ones you come to like and want to learn more. The pages will be turning in the readers hands. The author does an excellent jo
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye is the delightful second book in the Chalkboard Outlines series. Intrigued by the title, I was anxious to get a look at this book about two English teachers in a small high school, early in the school year. Leslie and Emma are the teachers who had solved a murder in the school the previous year. This year seemed to be all about bullying. At an in-service, the staff and faculty learned about bullying but only one of the activities address the long-term effects ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What a fun follow up to the first in this series.  I am really enjoying the antics of Emma and Leslie and what they will go through to solve a murder.  They remind me of Nancy Drew with their sleuthing and finding themselves on the edge of getting into more trouble than they had planned.  In this book, there are a few times where the case and their efforts to solve the murder puts a small strain on their friendship but I also think it is Leslie overreacting in some situations.

The mystery portion
Cherie Kephart
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poison by Punctuation is another highly entertaining and quirky cozy by the talented and imaginative author Kelley Kaye. I devoured the first book in this series, Death by Diploma, and was excited about its sequel. Thankfully, this book did not disappoint. What a fun bunch of adventures these two heroines, Emma and Leslie, get into while trying to solve yet another murder at the high school where they teach. The characters are intriguing and enjoyable to follow. My favorite is Leslie Parker, the ...more
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"Emma scooted away from the side of the pool when Leslie started snapping her wet towel. She skidded around the corner of the locker room and stopped short when she aw the foot protruding from the corner of the gym lockers. The foot was encased in a short white sock with a blue paw embroidered on the side. Oh my God. Oh no. Oh no.".......

Emma and Leslie are back in Book Two of the “Chalkboard Outlines” series. Taking place a year after the teachers first adventure together.

This time Emma finds
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book starts slow, but it picks up when Kisten’s body is found. Actually, it really gets better when the new medical examiner shows up. The two main characters, Emma and Leslie, are teachers at a small-town high school. Both are single and although their personalities are different are close friends. Having previously worked together in solving a murder at their school the year before, the pair do not easily believe Kisten’s death was accidental.

But who killed Kisten’s is not an easy guess.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Kelley Kaye returns with a second book in the Chalkboard Outlines series with Poison by Punctuation. Emma has survived her first year of teaching only to find on another body. The synopsis and premise of the book and characters drew me in, but, unfortunately, did not deliver. The dialogue felt forced and not realistic. The characters seemed contrived and flat, and I was unable to feel any emotion or empathy for them.

The main character, Emma, is supposed to be in her 20s, but she uses old-school
Andra Weis
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-cozies
Poison by Punctuation is the second book in the Chalkboard Outlines series by Kelley Kaye. It is however, the first book that I have read by Kelley Kaye. I must say, it was very easy to pick up at book two in the series as thee was sufficient background so that I never felt lost.

The tale begins with Emma Lovett (the main character) discovering yet another dead body. What makes this discovery poignant is that the deceased is a student of Emma’s at Thomas Jefferson High School (in Pinewood, Colora
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This is a really fun cozy mystery! Even though it's the second book in the series, I had no problem jumping into this book first. The main character Emma is a high school English teacher. When several girls at school along with Emma and her best friend and co-worker Leslie receive threatening anonymous letters, Emma wants to investigate. Then, one of the recipients, a popular cheerleader is found dead. The threats don't stop, so Emma and Leslie start investigating.

I really enjoyed this book bec
Pamela Mitchell
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This wonderful cozy immediately grabbed my attention and kept me glued to the book until I read the last word with a great mystery that included twists and turns, engaging and quirky characters so expertly written I feel like I know them. This is the first book I have read by Kelley Kaye but I like her style and the high school vibe so I plan to read more in this endearing Chalkboard Outline series. I really liked teachers Emma Lovett and Leslie Parker and can't wait to see what happens next in ...more
Joshua Grant
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelley Kaye returns to her mystery universe with Poison by Punctuation. Teacher Emma has survived her rocky first year teaching only to stumble on another body, this time student Kisten. Emma jumps back on the case. She’s the same fun witty character from before, but you can see how the experience from the first book has affected her, and the loss of a student pushes her in whole new directions. Even though it’s a little darker than the first installment, Poison by Punctuation is a fun witty div ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
High school can be a killer, but second year teacher Emma Lovett is hoping to enjoy a murder-free school year. Unfortunately, Thomas Jefferson High is starting the year with graffiti and threatening notes, admittedly an improvement over last year’s dead body. Shortly afterwards, cheerleader Kisten Hollis is found dead after an insulin injection and murder is suspected once again. Emma and her best friend and fellow teacher, Leslie Parker, are determined to uncover the culprit, especially since t ...more
Melissa Beal
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kaye is definitely a new favorite author!

Poison by Punctuation features fun and quirky friends Emma and Leslie as they pursue another murderer. This time the victim was one of the students. Kaye has created characters that capture the hearts of her readers. Even minor characters are fun and engaging.

With a plethora of suspects, Emma and Leslie have their work cur out for them. Readers are kept guessing as clues are revealed throughout the story. The plot was interesting and kept the reader enga
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second installment in the Chalkboard Outlines series. Taking on a tough subject, Poison by Punctuation starts with outrage over bullying. Bullying and its effects are themes through out this story. Emma and Leslie are great friends that just happen to teach High School English. As such they can speak to the problem of bullying. Leslie's Shakespearean quotes are hilarious and had me looking them up to see the context. The other sidekicks, Hunter and Edward have a lot of potential to be sleuth ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
When I read the first installment, I was pleasantly surprised and was interested to see what other adventures Kelley Kaye had to share for these two teachers, Emma and Leslie.

Emma and Leslie are likeable and light women. Even when death looms above them, they continue to smile and investigate. However, like several of the characters, their characterization is quirky in a dated way. They talk more like 50 year old women than late twenties/early thirties ladies. So I guess you can call them old so
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER – I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review
Emma Lovett is an English teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School (established 1906, part of the Pinewood School District). She and her co-worker/best-bud Leslie Parker (also an English teacher) were instrumental last school year in solving 2 murders, along with Hunter Wells (then a fed, undercover in the school on an athletic scandal, and now a newly-minted history teacher). Now it’s the start of a new y
Valicity Elaine
This is my third time reviewing a book by Bowles on The Rebel Christian; I’m very used to her style of writing and I know what to expect from her witty and quirky characters so I knew what I was getting into when I first opened this book.

Poison by Punctuation is the second installment in this series and it certainly does not disappoint. Like the first installment, the humorous duo Emma and Leslie are back with another murder mystery. Bowles is an expert at cozy chick-lit fiction, but I’d have t
Ron Mac
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A cozy mystery …the sequel
~First, I’ll state that I received this book as a gift from the author to read and review.
~Once again, I enjoyed this book. The characters are engaging and the author, Kelley Kaye, is beginning to fill them out. Reading between the lines, we learned a bit more about what makes them act and react the way that they do. I am beginning to see real loyalty between several of the main characters. Even some of the satellite characters are becoming more interesting.
~Being that
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Death by Diploma (Chalkboard Outlines, #1)
  • Murder Most Pemberley
  • The Case of the Canterfell Codicil (Anty Boisjoly Mysteries, #1)
  • Searching for Shelter (Aftermath #1)
  • Shuriken of Honor (The Kami Prophecy, #4)
  • Ivory Inferno (Tales of Grimm Hollow #3)
  • An Unwitting Trickster
  • SHARD (The Shard Trilogy, #1)
  • An Enchantment Of Thorns (A Court of Fairy Tales #1)
  • Searching for Allies (Aftermath #4)
  • Searching for Sanctuary (Aftermath #3)
  • Searching for Escape (Aftermath #2)
  • The Ever Falls (World Apart, #4)
  • The World Apart Completed Series (World Apart, #0.5-4)
  • Veins of Ice: An Urban Fantasy Novella (The Damiano Legacies, #2)
  • Secrets Of The Under Market: An Urban Fantasy Novella (The Damiano Legacies Book 1)
  • The Curse of the Arcadian Stone: Chosen Path (Nameless Fay, #3)
  • A Killer Cupcake (Beachfront Bakery #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…

News & Interviews

Summer is perfect for plenty of things: mojitos, sleeping with the window fan on, and sprawling out with a hot romance novel (in a heavily...
44 likes · 3 comments