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(If you enjoy this book, check out the sequels: NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MONEY, NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MATURITY, and NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MYTH.)

Notice:  This mystery contains no vampires, werewolves, zombies, or space aliens. It was not tested on laboratory animals. It makes no claims to political correctness. Characters may not be fully clothed at all times.
Divorced from a philandering con man and downsized from her job as a talk radio show producer, Barbara Reed is desperate for money. She's got a mortgage, a college loan, an aging car, and a ten-pound dog named Cheese Puff.

With her unemployment checks running out, she signs on as a high school substitute teacher and learns what stress is all about. When she finds history teacher Henry Stoddard strangled with his own outdated tie, her stress level soars into the red zone. Then she's assigned to cover his classes.

Stoddard was a bully and a blackmailer. The list of suspects is a long one, and police put Barb at the top. When she discovers a second body, the noose of circumstantial evidence tightens.

With help from the showgirl widow of a reputed mobster, a trash-scavenging derelict, and members of the Cheese Puff Care and Comfort Committee, Barb struggles to keep a grip on her job, her sanity, and her freedom.

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No Substitute for Murder
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April 16th, 2015
Barbara Reed of Reckless River Washington has suffered a series of losses in 2009; her research job on Rick Rivers Radio show, her home to housing market crash after her conniving ex-husband wiped out her savings. To keep her tiny apartment mortgage paid and feed her tiny orange dog Cheese Puff, Barbara signs on to be a substitute teacher. The teaching and administrative staff at one high school are a great group of characters and the murder of Harry Stoddard creates a temp job for Barbara but also puts her on the suspect list. When a second body floating in the pier near Barb's condo turns out to be that school's assistant principal, homicide detective Charles Atwell is convinced Barbara's involvement is more than a coincidence. Three books in the series (so far) have all been a good reading experience.
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March 25th, 2015
Enjoyed every page, gripping heart warming drama, with great characture development, intellegent, and very funny, as well as suspensefull drama, very happy to have found this author, got to read more
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September 9th, 2014
pretty enjoyable reading. it finally turns out good for heroine
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No Substitute for Murder
April 28th, 2014
Well written taking in the daily activities of the substitute teacher combined with murder
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No Substitute for Murder
April 28th, 2014
Well written taking in the daily activities of the substitute teacher combined with murder
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