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12 Nov 2009

Something strange is happening after dark in Britain’s schools...
Ofsted inspectors are being lured into school after hours, dispatched, and left in outlandish poses before cryptic messages scrawled on the blackboard.
At Hornby Infants the displays are up, the paperwork is done, and everyone has received the Head’s memo explicitly forbidding ritual homicide.
But is it enough?
Helen Haversham, Hornby’s Year One teacher, doesn’t think so, and she has some unanswered questions... Who has been prowling through the school late at night? What has so unhinged the leader of the Ofsted team? And how can she stop the class guinea pig from beginning another dirty protest?
If Helen can answer these questions by Friday story time she might be able to discover the murderer’s identity and prevent the school’s end of term carol concert and Nativity from reaching a truly unforgettable climax...

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Enterprises, UK Ltd (12 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144521573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445215730
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good present for teacher 1 May 2010
By Teach24
Format:Paperback
A mum of a child in my class bought me this as we finished our Ofsted, and now I'm recommending it to my friends. Next time Ofsted come to call I'm going to have my copy in my top drawer.
A couple of times I found myself recognising things either I, or other teachers I know have said or done during inspections (oh dear, oh dear). Off-beat in places, but this is good-humoured and made me laugh.
Not sure that it would appeal to non-teachers or people who don't have to deal with Ofsted, but who knows.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut 15 Oct 2010
By Jo B
Format:Paperback
A fantastic debut novel - it was so funny in places that I had to stop reading it at breakfast time - snorting a chuckle into ones muesli is not attractive in a woman of my age...cant wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very tongue in cheek - and lots of fun 29 Jan 2014
By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a really fun book to read - especially if you are involved in education and have some experience of inspections. The characters are, I think, delilberate cliches - the handsome policeman, the evil thesis supervisor, the over vigilant landlady, the computer geeks, and the incompetent crooks, amongst others. Its all great fun - a fantasy comedy thriller in which Ofsted inspectors are lampooned thoroughly, and everyone gets their just desserts.

It is all very tongue in cheek, and very entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very silly but very satisfying 30 Jun 2010
By PV220
Format:Paperback
Very silly but very satisfying. Made me laugh and kept me guessing. Would recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OFSTED 13 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just love OFSTED (NOT) and think that this might have a few ideas on how to cope with inspections Ha ha!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of laughs 4 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which made my husband worry about my sanity on occasion as I quietly chortled in a corner. As a primary school teacher, so many things were familiar and so well observed. A fantastic read for anyone who likes the idea of Ofsted inspectors coming to a sticky end (who doesn't?). Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ofsted Murders 15 July 2010
By SDB
Format:Paperback
An Ofsted inspector comes to a small primary with a definite agenda, and wants to rubbish one particular teacher there. Unfortunately for him, this person is not your average primary school teacher, and comes up with several interesting ways of foiling him. The sparring between teacher and inspector is very entertaining and amusing, and the backdrop of other characters is fun, but there are also thriller overtones amongst the funnies. Schools are spooky places once everyone has gone home, and I really enjoyed the scenes of creeping around the school at night, avoiding (just) the Ofsted murderer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Took it on holiday and enjoyed it. 20 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book. A quick enough plot to keep things moving and there was a laugh on most pages though it doesn't come over as flippant. The characters are fun, particularly the Inspector, and it all ties up nicely in the end. Also, delivery was quick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have read for anyone in the teaching profession, ...
A must-have read for anyone in the teaching profession, especially those who have been victims of Ofsted inspections and turned into an Academy.
Published 2 days ago by Jill Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good gift idea for a teacher
Very funny if you are in teaching. A good gift for a teacher
Published 12 days ago by Helen
4.0 out of 5 stars Super gift for sny educationalist in the Primary sector.
Very funny and well written.
Published 15 days ago by Elaine Dean
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ofsted Murders
I bought this book for my daughter who is a teacher and decided to read it first. Thank goodness I did, it is rubbish. Not only that the book is very heavy and difficult to hold. Read more
Published 6 months ago by meri
3.0 out of 5 stars book
The book The Ofsted Murders arrived promptly and securely. However the cover had a mark on which I couldn't remove!!!This should have been spotted before it had been packaged
Published 7 months ago by Lesley Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I Bought as a present for a friend who is Ofsted training so it was a joke rather than a serious read, so cant comment on content
Published 9 months ago by Lynda G
3.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate for a Yr 1 teacher
This book is appropriate for a Yr 1 teacher.....the intended recipient is one. I can't really comment as she hasn't received it yet and I haven't read it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mariana
2.0 out of 5 stars ' Over the top.'
Although there were some very amusing touches , on the whole I found the book rather silly. I suppose it was written 'tongue in cheek'.
Published 12 months ago by June m. Ingram
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ofsted Murders
Bought for a head teacher for a present. Promotion hype was good so hopefully the read will be even better.
Published 19 months ago by Sarn
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