The Mom Prom Murder


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
214 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Mom Prom Murder: A Berger & Fryze Mystery is a murder mystery novel written by Trish Evans. Someone killed Vickie Mack, and her belated appearance at the Calivista Heights Elementary School Auction was bizarre and terrifying. The steamer trunk, which was brought out for display, was a prop mostly to get bidders excited about the final auction item -- a cruise for six. When the trunk was finally opened, instead of a tiara and an envelope containing tickets, the auction attendees were stunned to see Vickie Mack’s lifeless body. Mack was a viperous, bitter woman who took delight in stirring up unhappiness and strife. There were, however, two main suspects that Calivistans all singled out: they were the co-chairwomen of the auction, Rachel Berger and Emily Fryze. Mack bitterly resented their having gotten that role, one which she felt should have been hers, and she did everything in her power to make their lives even more miserable than she had already done. But did they really do it?

Trish Evans’ The Mom Prom Murder: A Berger & Fryze Mystery will delight any mystery fan who enjoys sparkling dialogue, genuine characters, and a plot which bristles with red herrings galore. Who did kill Vickie Mack, and why aren’t they simply commending the killer for having done the world a service? I had a grand time reading this well-written and thought-provoking mystery novel. I loved the police procedural aspects of it and relished the wry humor that graces every page. And, yes, I’m definitely looking forward to reading more mysteries penned by this author. Her writing is a joy to read, and The Mom Prom Murder is easily one of the most enjoyable mysteries I’ve encountered in some time. Most highly recommended.

CWS

For anyone who has ever been lucky enough to share a Lucy / Ethel or Laverne / Shirley relationship, Berger and Fryze conjure up these images of friendship. Luckily, I have experienced a friendship like theirs first-hand. High praise to Ms. Evans for writing a well-crafted story plot with engaging characters. It was a quick read in a setting that readers can relate to even if they don't live there. All that is missing from the chemistry of Berger and Fryze is the malted milkshake. Well done, Trish!