Stevie Turner, Author.

Stevie Turner,  Author

Reviews of 'Examining Kitchen Cupboards'

5 Star Review by Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie  10/12/19


https://jenanita01.com/2019/12/10/tuesdaybookblog-review-for-examining-kitchen-cupboards-by-stevie-turner-stevieturner6/


Starting a new job is always fraught with tension, you worry whether you will be liked, and more importantly, are you able to convince them of your competence?

Jill Hayes is met with total disdain from her new superior, so when she questions something that doesn’t seem right, she is met with hostility on many levels.

If you discover something is wrong, could you be a whistle-blower, or would you hope that someone else would do it instead?

This story has it all, corruption and greed, and an interesting cast of fascinating and true to life characters. Although Examining Kitchen Cupboards is a work of fiction at its finest, you could be forgiven for thinking it seems far too real to be comfortable, and I’m sure some of it must be based on fact, which of course, makes it all the more chilling…


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5 Star Review by D.G Kaye - 16/11/19

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3051038454?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1


Stevie Turner never disappoints. From her fictional family sagas to her nonfiction, and mystery/thrillers, she knows how to keep a reader engaged. In this telling book, Turner takes us into a story, which begins with Jill Hayes - a college examinations admin whose curiosity leads to her discovery that something is awry with the exams given to high school students for their college entrance exams - the questions are much too junior for the high school age level students, making it a cinch for them to get accepted to college. As Jill delves deeper into the basis for such juvenile questions, her life becomes threatened and we're taken into a whole other world of corporate greed at the expense of students' education and government funding.
Jill's personal investigations lead right to the higher ups involved in the ring, and through the unveiling of her findings, we are led into the private lives of these criminals and colorful characters, spreading beyond the discoveries into international crime, lies, affairs and ultimately, murder.

Based on a factual occurrence of the exam findings, this book had me engrossed on the topic itself, but Turner takes the situation to a whole new level with the plot and intrigue created in this story. A fun, short and engrossing read for a cozy thriller reading escape. 


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5 star Review by Lucinda Clarke 9/12/19


https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3078316982?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1


UNEXPECTED

I was intrigued by the idea of whistle blowing, but I was not prepared for the extent to which the powers that be fought to keep their powerful secrets. A good story, short but succinct it moved quickly through the action. I shall look for more by this author. The title is clever.

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5 star Review by Jacqui Murray 4/1/20


In Stevie Turner's latest novel, Examining Kitchen Cupboards (2019), Jill Hayes takes on a new job In a college exam administration office. She had hoped it would lead to a career but quickly discovered it was much too technical for her skillset. As she struggles to learn the complicated tasks that would allow her to succeed, she stumbles upon illicit activities that she feels honor-bound to report. No one will listen--not the newspapers, the college, or even the agency responsible for the exams--until finally someone does. Things don't work out as Jill had hoped.

This is a well-told story of a whistle blower's efforts to fix a serious problem. It is told from various perspectives which adds to the depth of understanding about how complicated it can be to report actions when lots of people don't want to admit there's even a problem. It was at times difficult to read but the importance is significant--which is why it earned the 5/5.