Wednesday, the 16th of March, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

For today’s pick, I’m diving back into the endless mystery titles waiting on my kindle which I downloaded at some point or other, either since they were free or on offer and sounded interesting. The book is a first in series, A School Inspector Calls or ‘OfsDead’ (2016) by Rosie Cavendish, and the series is Miss Clover Lightfoot Investigates, which has three books.

In this one, set in 1996, we have Miss Clover Lightfoot, an elementary school teacher in the UK, in the midst of preparations for the school play. She is terribly behind in preparing for the opening performance (And she is working with children preoccupied with the idea that ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is about turning people into donkeys) which is to take place right when the school is being inspected. But the inspection is one that leads to murder, and Miss Lightfoot finds herself having to investigate–with only her teaching abilities, the support of her colleagues, and the rabbit, Pudding to rely on.

Rereading the description of this one again, I think what made me download this one was that it sounds a light-hearted, and fun mystery story–with the school setting, which it appears to incorporate in all its detail–being an added element of interest.

Have you read this one or any others by the author/in the series? How did you like it? Any other mysteries set in a school that you particularly enjoyed? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!

A mystery featuring a school teacher as detective that I enjoyed very much is Miss Moorthy Investigates by Ovidia Yu, set in 1970s Singapore

Lisa’s pick this week us Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, a title by a classic author of Chicano literature

Book description and cover image from Goodreads, as always.

7 thoughts on “Shelf Control #176: A School Inspector Calls by Rosie Cavendish

  1. Haven’t come across these books or this author at all before. It sounds fun – I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it, if you find time to read it sometime. I’m pretty sure that Ofsted inspections make lots of teachers think about murder… 😉

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