|| School may be out for summer, but English teacher Emily Taylor's homework is just beginning. Emily has been looking forward to attending Ellington High School's end-of-the-year carnival fundraiser with her new flame, Tad...that is until she finds the mayor's body behind the English department's Whack-a-Mole booth. Suddenly rumors are flying in their small Missouri town that the mayor's husband was having an affair with the town's newest dentist-and Emily's good friend-Amelia Franklin. With her friend in the role of prime suspect, Emily begins her own investigation into the mayor's death. But with so many of the mayor's recent decisions being wildly unpopular-including one to end the school carnival tradition!-there is no shortage of suspects. Was it the vocal school superintendent, the secretive new junior high math teacher, or an old high school sweetheart of the mayor's husband? With her friend's reputation at stake and her own new relationship on the rocks Emily knows she needs to get off the crazy carnival ride her life has become and find the real killer before this summer vacation becomes her last!