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Murder at St. Polycarp
                     By Marianna Heusler

ISBN: 1-59133-231-1 Trade Contact: Hilliard & Harris
           1-59133-230-3 Hard Cover    301-432-7080
August 2007

Murder at St. Polycarp is Marianna Heusler’s delicious tale of intrigue, murder and mayhem. Not since the St. Trinian films has there been a school over-flowing with so many zany characters."
Renee Gardner
The Tap Dancing Gorilla

"St. Polycarp is a school positively bursting with fascinating teachers, eccentric staff members, noisy students…and secrets…Marianna Heusler takes us into the inner workings of St. Polycarp with wit, affection, and an unrelenting pace that keeps the suspense going until the final page.  Don’t miss this one!"
                                                          Bonnie Ramthun
Ground Zero

"When two Catholic school teachers, who love trouble, decide to investigate the mysterious death of a staff member, pandemonium ensues. In spite of a principal who wants to hush up the matter and a janitor who is blabbering, the teachers forge on. Thoroughly enjoyable for teachers and students alike!
G. Miki Hayden
Writing The Mystery

"So what can go wrong in an elementary school, wrong enough to murder someone? Perhaps the question should be – what can go right, particularly at St. Polycarp’s  … Delightful story – fun to read."
Gay Toltl Kinman
Death in a Small Town

When Polly Pinkerton, the seventh grade teacher, dies mysteriously, Julia Hopwood and Amanda Johnston set out to find her killer. Mrs. Johnston suspects Father Felix, the overwhelmed principal. Father Felix suspects Mr. Alabaster, who is teaching the seventh graders how to gamble. Mr. Alabaster suspects Miss Danvers, the fifth grade teacher, who has a secret history of shoplifting. And Miss Danvers suspects the creepy janitor, Mr. Ironweed.

Marianna Heusler is the author of the young adult mystery The Night The Penningtons Vanished (2002), which was nominated for an Edgar as best young adult mystery in 2002. Her novel Buried In The Townhouse (2001) was nominated for the Franklin Award. She is also the author of Angels From the Alphabet, Annabelle’s Monsters and over fifty short stories.