The Marvell College Murders Author:Sophie Belfort Marvell College's Center for Participatory Politics is a think-tank swarming with influence-peddlars, number-crunchers, and a remnant of authentic scholars. This motley crowd of characters are drawn with Dickensian humor, their egregious foibles lightened with warm humanity. — AQcademia gets a shock when one of its members takes too literally th... more »e meaning of academic back-stabbing. And historian Molly Rafferty and her fiance, Jesuit-trained police detective Lieutenant Nick Hannibal, return from their debut in the critically acclaimed "The Lace Curtain Murders" to investigate who is killing whom at Marvell College and why.
Nick and Molly, in the grand tradition of civilized lovers and witty sleuths such as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, and Nick and Nora Charles, are only one of this novel's memorable couples. Relationships range from the poignant to the ribald: the middle-aged love of two mid-career fellows; the unusual comradeship of a philanderer and his earthy wife; the tentative affection between a working-class girl and a young scholar; and the chaste devotion of the man responsible for Marvell College's much admired sexual harassment guidelines for his lhasa apso. Who among them will die and at whose hand? The novel moves with a firm sense of place from blue-collar Newnham to the compromised but prestigious halls of Marvell College.« less