Jane O'Connor is very well known as the author of the wildly popular Fancy Nancy series of children books. About 6 years ago, she debuted her first adult mystery novel - "Dangerous Admissions (Secrets of a Closet Sleuth)" http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Admissions-Secrets-Closet-Sleuth/dp/B002GJU49U about Rannie Bookman, a 43 year old divorced mom, who is working at an exclusive prep school, when the chief of admissions, Mr. Tut, is murdered. O'Connor's latest book, in this same series - "Almost True Confessions" was very favorably reviewed in the New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/books/review/almost-true-confessions-by-jane-oconnor.html?_r=0 but who wants to start a series in mid-series, so I went back and read first book.
It is an interesting very adult read, a far cry from the Fancy Nancy series, in a good way. Rannie Bookman's son Nate is a suspect in the death of Tut, so Bookman investigates as well to clear his name. But this is more than a mystery about how Bookman tries to solve the crime. O'Connor looks into teen life as well. She writes vividly about the young and beautiful Olivia Werner, her brother Grant, Bookman's son Nate and a host of the other teens at the exclusive Chapel School.
Olivia, who finds Tut's body is having issues. Her parents want her to go to an Ivy League school, but Olivia is more interested in drawing. Meanwhile, Olivia's brother Grant was kicked out of school by Tut because of a drug problem. . Olivia is suspicious of her brother, who may or may not have been at school when Tut died and is equally nervous about whether her brother is using again. There is also an issue about her sexual identity. Meanwhile, Nate has a crush on Olivia and has to find a way to express his feelings for her.
Rannie is trying to sort out her feelings for the new man in her life, but is also looking into Tut's background using her mother's contacts in high society to find out about Tut's secret love life and daughter. There is a lot of romantic hijinks and some suspense.
While the murder looks like it's about money or teen angst, the real culprit is also someone with identity issues and a lot to hide. How far would a desperate person go to hide their past?
It's a good read.
Now if I can only find the later book to read.