A Lesson Plan for Murder
This is author Richard Baldwin’s first mystery novel. Detectives Lou Searing and Maggie McMillan are asked to assist the police in Newberry, Michigan when a school board member, Thomas Franklin dies of an apparent heart attack. A neighbor sees someone enter Franklin’s home prior to his wife discovering the body, and raises questions of his true cause of death. On a hunch, the two detectives look into the past employment of Bill Blakely, the special education teacher who was laid off prior to Franklin’s death. What they find is a string of deaths which follow Bill being given a layoff notice. Their investigation takes them to Michigan cities: Battle Creek, Mt. Pleasant, Mason, Stockbridge, Newberry, and Rudyard. Were these people murdered or were the death coincidental? Was Bill Blakely seeking revenge? Perhaps someone in his family is involved, or maybe someone outside of education is the killer?
About the Author
Richard L. Baldwin was a special educator and administrator. The last 7 years of his career he served as the State Director of Special Education for the State of Michigan. Following his retirement he established a second career as author and publisher. He has written (to date) 19 cozy mysteries set in Michigan. He formed a small independent publishing company, Buttonwood Press, and currently publishes the work of four authors. Richard speaks at conferences, schools, libraries, senior centers, and book clubs. He lives in Haslett, Michigan with his wife Patty and beloved cat, Sami.
Why are Baldwin’s books popular?
First and foremost his books and those he publishes are safe reads, free of profanity, sex, and graphic violence. Secondly, even though the books are murder mysteries, the story centers around justice, compassion for people, and places familiar to readers. Baldwin sets his fictitious stories in real cities. Third, the stories are suspenseful providing a challenge to discover “who done it?” Finally, Baldwin’s books are fun quick reads where people boast of reading his books in a day or two.