92127 resident Kelley Gusich is eagerly awaiting the Feb. 23 release of her first published novel. Written under the pen name Kelley Kaye, Death by Diploma is a cozy mystery starring 26-year-old Emma Lovett.

x_death2Emma leaves her philandering husband in South Carolina and moves to Colorado, where she begins a new job teaching high school. She quickly becomes friends with Leslie Parker, an experienced teacher with a penchant for quoting Shakespeare. Her happy semester is interrupted when she discovers the body of the school custodian. She and Leslie take it upon themselves to solve the murder. Suspects range from the OCD librarian to the crude football coach to the mysterious social studies teacher to Emma’s new love interest.

Kelley has loved telling stories since she was young, from crafting narratives for her Barbie and Ken dolls to writing captions for her high school yearbook. She began teaching high school English and Drama in 1992 in California. After spending some time in Colorado, she returned to California five years ago. Today she lives in 4S Ranch with her husband, Jim, and their two sons, Grey and Griffen. Jim is a resource specialist in science and the assistant varsity baseball coach at Del Norte High School. Kelley has written for ZCode Magazines since 2012.

Watch for Death by Diploma in eBook and print at www.redadeptpublishing.com.