During my honeymoon, I read a lot of books. One of them is To Be Or Not To Be...Murdered!. I bought this book, because it was described to me as "Catholic Nancy Drew".
The book is narrated by a girl named Peyton Simons. She has a boyfriend, and their relationship has gone sour, ever since he lost out on a scholarship. She wants to break up with him, and start dating the super-hot guy from her theater group. The romance plot takes up most of the book.
Someone at the school commits suicide, by hanging themselves. Peyton is the one who finds the corpse. The book takes the death very seriously, compared to Nancy Drew, who regularly finds corpses and shrugs it off. Peyton is very disturbed by the death, and things get even worse when there is a copycat suicide.
The third suicide? The hot guy from Peyton's theater group. She goes into mystery-solving mode at this point, because she knows he wouldn't commit suicide. Sure enough, she discovers that the suicides are really murders, and she stops the murderer.
Peyton is taking confirmation classes, which is where most of the Catholic stuff occurs. I'm surprised that a priest runs those classes by himself; every place I've been to, they have someone besides the priest teach.
Overall, it's an okay book. I was expecting it to have a lot more mystery elements, when in reality, the first half of the book is mostly romance. That's not bad; it's just not what I expected. The mystery was well done, in my opinion. People say that, with a good mystery, you can go back and see all the clues that you missed the first time around. That certainly happened for me with this book. I gave it four out of five stars on Amazon.
On a not-so-good note, this book definitely needs an editor. I saw multiple sentences with incorrect grammar. But the main editing issue is the spacing. Some paragraphs start with a tab, some have two tabs, some have three. There seems to be no reason or consistency to how large the start-of-paragraph tab is. I read the book on my iPhone, so it was extremely noticeable when a paragraph started with a huge tab, one so big that only two words fit on that line.