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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (19 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812571568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812571561
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,011,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thea Kozak is a terrific, in-you face, stand-up gal....Stephanie Plum and Thea Kozak have a lot to say to each other."--Janet Evanovich "Kate flora does what all great writers do; she takes you inside unfamiliar territory and makes you feel right at home."--Michael Connelly, "New York Times" bestselling author of" Blood Work" "If a sleep-losing page-turning is your thing, keep an eye on Thea. She's one of the good guys."--Richard Barre, Shamus Award-winning author of "The Innocents" and" Bearing Secrets"

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Buy this book or Thea dies.
My editor has stated that the continuation of the series depends on the success of this book. I have had a great time working with Thea and getting to know her--yes, she's my own creation, but like my readers, I find her feisty and entertaining. I would love to see the series continue, but for it to do so, Thea needs a following. I speak not just for myself but for many authors when I urge you, if you believe in preserving the variety of mystery choices, to support midlist authors, support your favorite series characters, and tell your friends and libraries to buy them as well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 4 Sept. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Bucksport School, an elite private high school in Massachusetts, is
the source of a tragedy when a senior is found dead in the midst of a
cracked icy pond. The headmistress calls in renowned educational consultant
Thea Kozak to assess the situation and to institute damage control measures
to insure that the school does not lose any of its donations or students
(especially the fees). Thea thinks that her latest assignment will be a
straight forward job until she learns that the deceased was two months
pregnant.

Once she learns that startling bit of news and questions several
people close to the victim, Thea is convinced that the girl's death was
neither an accident or a suicide. Thea's inquiries soon stir up a lot of
people, including someone trying to kill her. That individual nearly
succeeds, but instead of scaring off the tough Thea, she goes after the
killer before another attempt on her life can occur.

Kate Flora is a very special author whose stories always are complex
and compelling, never following any pre-set formula from the mystery genre.
Ms. Flora's ability to write to her own drummer turns her novels into
unforgettable works of art. AN EDUCATED DEATH is a multilayered
who-done-it, starring characters that are very realistically drawn . On a
scale from one to ten, this book is an eleven.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on 14 Oct. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Thea Kozak is one of the most unusual female amateur detectives in existence. She is a consultant for private schools and often becomes involved in murder with her signigicant other, a policeman fearing for her safety. Bad things happen to the people in the book. The initial victim is a teenage girl with few scruples, but one the reader begins to warm to and sympathize with as Thea probes her background. Buy this book, but only after reading the three proceeding this title which are available in paperback. See the author's note and keep Thea in print.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Promising Beginning Leads to Nancy Drew Behavior 4 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book began well, with an intriguing chapter from the point of view of the murder victim, but rapidly went downhill, to the point where I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't been traveling in Italy and unable to get my hands on anything else in English. As the murders pile up, the heroine behaves more and more like Nancy Drew, doing foolish and unprofessional things so that she has to be rescued - and with constant references to similar behavior in past books that put her in the hospital. Well, duh.... Ultimately, a real let-down.
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A great read 14 Oct. 2002
By Anna Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book--not for the plot, which comes across as immature a good deal of the time--but for the interplay between the main characters. Yes, the author tends to make Thea describe her feelings too us way too much (we don't need half the details we get!), and yes, she ends up chosing having her way over listening to her boyfriend's VERY REASONABLE concerns for her, but I still loved it. Thea is bright, sassy, has a great sense of humor, and doesn't let anybody walk on her. Don't expect too much depth or heart string tugging, but a great read if you want to laugh a lot.
Character-driven mystery that was loads of fun to read 18 July 2012
By Nina M. Osier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thea Kozak, consultant to independent (that is, private) schools, has found herself investigating murders before. She's acquired enough of a reputation so that when the Bucksport School brings her in to audit its procedures following a 16-year-old student's apparently accidental drowning in an icy campus pond, the school's staff and students begin calling her a "detective" and assume she has come to determine whether or not Laney Taggert really did die in an accident. And, if she should decide it was murder, to track down the killer.

The local police chief, Rocky Miller, has a romantic relationship with Headmistress Dorrie Chapin who has hired Thea and her firm for that audit. Rocky wants Thea to stay out of the investigation - indeed, he sees no reason for an investigation, since to him it's clear this was death by misadventure. Or, at worst, a suicide that everyone should hush up for both the school's sake and that of Laney's parents. Thea's significant other, Maine State Police detective Andre Lemieux, also wants her to refrain from investigating. Andre has seen Thea get hurt, and put herself in danger of dying, in past investigations; and he does not feel able to worry about her safety while doing his own dangerous job. Losing a good friend on that job, recently, has made Andre more adamant about Thea's safety than he ever felt before. So as she does what she feels she has to do - for Dorrie, who has hired her; for Laney, the victim; and for herself, most of all - Thea fights not only whoever may be responsible for Laney's murder, but also the people she had hoped would be her allies.

This is the first Kate Flora book I've read, and before I was half way through it I'd visited my local library to borrow the three novels before it in the Thea Kozak series. "An Educated Death" is well written and character-driven, and I particularly enjoy a mystery in which the protagonist/detective doesn't find out the truth until the very end. I had guessed, and guessed wrong, just as the author no doubt intended I should. Loads of fun!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
An Educated Death with a strong heroine 12 May 2012
By Ann M. Frantz - Published on Amazon.com
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Kate Flora's mysteries bear the mark of a strong-willed writer with a big heart: so exactly are her heroines. It's about time someone created a private eye with spunk and guts, who takes a sucker punch rather than stand at the sidelines while her hero dukes it out. That's Thea Kozak, and Janet Evanovich has praised this lead character as well. The mysteries are fun to read -- this was the first of several for me, and I've enjoyed them all.
In "An Educated Death," Thea looks into the drowning of a private school student after she's brought in by the school to do crisis management. When she learns the drowning victim was pregnant, her questions are met with hostility, and the school's genteel veneer is torn aside.
This is a must-read mystery. 14 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thea Kozak is one of the most unusual female amateur detectives in existence. She is a consultant for private schools and often becomes involved in murder with her signigicant other, a policeman fearing for her safety. Bad things happen to the people in the book. The initial victim is a teenage girl with few scruples, but one the reader begins to warm to and sympathize with as Thea probes her background. Buy this book, but only after reading the three proceeding this title which are available in paperback. See the author's note and keep Thea in print.
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