Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery – Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner

I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

Today I am sharing my review from March 2020 for the engaging mystery Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner

About the book

Jill Hayes discovers that not all is as it seems in her new post as a college examinations administrator. When she turns whistle-blower and tries to report her findings to the authorities, she is horrified to discover that some people will stop at nothing to ensure her silence.

For readers’ information: Although the characters and college are fictional, the actual exam question that sparked Jill’s nightmare is a genuine one from 1999.

My review for the book March 7th 2020

A mystery that is thought provoking and a good read..

There is a huge amount of pressure on both schools and teachers to maintain very high standards with regard to their pupils performances in examinations. There are meant to be layers of oversight to ensure that students are taught the curriculum effectively, that examinations are fair and evaluate the student’s knowledge based on their detailed responses to the questions, and that inspections are carried out to ensure that at all stages this is carried out to the highest standard.

But what if there is collusion at every level to ensure that schools and colleges come out at the top of the leagues by dumbing down the questions to achieve high pass marks?

This is the question that temporary administrator Jill Hayes asks herself when she reads an examination paper that asks the simple question about the contents of a kitchen cupboard. A question more suitable for a six year old than a sixteen year old.

Unfortunately, delving into this worrying discovery has dire consequences, and eventually leads to a police detective on sick leave going undercover in an organisation that will stop at nothing to maintain their hold on the education system they have infiltrated and manipulated at every stage of a child’s education.

The characters are believable and the investigation gathers pace and draws you in to the search for answers. At times it becomes dangerous, as those with everything to lose become ruthless in their efforts to remove the threat to their million pound enterprise

For those reading the book, especially if you are a parent with teenagers just about to sit their final exams, it might prompt a close look at the examination process at their school and perhaps a look at last year’s papers!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – and : Amazon US

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Stevie : Goodreads  blog: Stevie Turner on WordPress – Twitter: @StevieTurner6

About Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner is a British author of suspense, paranormal, women’s fiction family dramas, and darkly humorous novels. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Her third novel ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017, and her screenplay ‘For the Sake of a Child’ won Silver in the 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. Her novella ‘Finding David’ was a quarter-finalist in the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition. Writers Coverfly – Accolades


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review for Stevie’s book… thanks Sally.

39 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery – Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner

  1. I think Stevie better write a follow up with the current confusion. Am I the only one who thinks teacher assessment is not fair; it can’t be objective as exams are, or supposed to be
    Ps in our last year at school the literature teacher gave us practice exams and when we did the real exam and turned over the paper the poem we had to write about was the same as the one in the practice paper. We will never know if that was just a coincidence.

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    • Interesting.. I took another o’level in college in commerce and we had the opposite problem.. Our teacher spent the year teaching us from the wrong curriculum so covered nothing in the exam.. I passed luckily but several didn’t and they had to resit.. he was fired. I think the fact we could time his exits from the lessons to a smoke break every 20 minutes probably counted against him…xx

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  2. The amount of focus and importance on testing scores trumps all in the school system. It was the one thing I disliked about teaching. I know that we need some way to measure schools, but the amount of importance that some administrators put on these is too disproportionate. Our first and most important priority should always be to care for our students.

    Whew! I guess I needed to blow off some steam. That’s my convoluted way of saying I love a book on this subject. My TBR list is off the charts, but this one sounds worth adding to the pile.

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  3. Education scandals are nothing new in the US, Sally. It’s amazing what money can buy over here. This sounds like great story based on a very plausible attempt to cheat the system. I enjoy Stevie’s writing. Thanks for sharing your review!

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