Wednesday, August 04, 2021



Epiphany Bloom is at it again, when Epiphany’s best friend’s sister Claire is accused of selling exam papers.  Claire has always been a top student and proclaims she is innocent. Epiphany meets with the head teacher at the school, Ms Peters.  But Epiphany’s sleuthing reputation precedes her and Ms Peters ask her to find out the truth.   Epiphany is on the case with plenty of suspects from a broke teacher, a father willing to buy his daughter anything and the school governor of Hurlingham House that does what ever is necessary to keep the school at the top of the ranks.  But, then Epiphany finds one of the suspects of the exam scandal dead at the school fair.  The scandal just rose to the level of murder.  But can Epiphany find the murderer and clear Claire’s name before she becomes a victim herself?  

I highly recommend not only this book, but the entire series is a must read. This cozy mystery is a wonderful story filled with suspense and plot twist and turns, that will have you flying through the pages.  I enjoyed this series from beginning to end, it is an entertaining must read.

Thank you Katie Gayle for such a wonderfully well written series.  It is a laugh out loud, enthralling series.  The characters were relatable and the storyline was fun and totally kept me guessing all the way to the end.  I loved it.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Author:  Katie Gayle
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 2, 2021 
Pages: 248 
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Hurlingham House school is a high-achiever’s heaven, full of happy, hard-working pupils. There’s just the small matter of the dead body on the field… Sounds like a case for Epiphany Bloom!

When Epiphany Bloom’s best friend’s sister Claire is accused of trading exam papers for money, Epiphany agrees to see Ms Peters, the headteacher of Claire’s fiercely competitive school, to provide moral support. Claire has always been a model student and is loudly protesting her innocence: surely it’s all just a misunderstanding.

But when Ms Peters hears about Epiphany’s previous sleuthing exploits, she enlists her help to track down the true culprit!

Taking a job as a PE teacher, Epiphany soon realises she has plenty of suspects for the exam scam mastermind. The broke young teacher with a shady past? The father willing to buy his daughter anything – including grades? The school governor desperate to keep Hurlingham House at the top of the ranks?

Then Epiphany finds one of them dead at the school fair, and it becomes clear someone is taking the cut-throat culture of the school too literally – and when mysterious accidents start happening around her too, it seems the killer knows she’s onto them.

Can Epiphany solve the murder as well as clearing Claire’s name, before she becomes the next victim? This is one test she can’t afford to fail…


Katie Gayle is the writing partnership of best-selling South African writers, Kate Sidley and Gail Schimmel. Kate and Gail have, between them, written over ten books of various genres, but with Katie Gayle, they both make their debut in the cozy mystery genre. Both Gail and Kate live in Johannesburg, with husbands, children, dogs and cats. Unlike their sleuth Epiphany Bloom, neither of them have ever stolen a cat from the vet. 

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