An academic mystery starring the new breed of professor who loves traditional English Lit (her subject), but otherwise is thoroughly modern. From a blue-collar family, she was a mother at 19 and by 39 was a professor at prestigious Enfield College. That journey gives her unusual empathy with the misfits at Enfield but doesn't protect her from having a crush on the university's upper-crust president. It all gets involved when she winds up smack in the middle of an "unfortunate event," murder to you and me.
First in the series--and an exceptional starter
Wonderful literary mystery series featuring Literature prof Karen Pelletier.
A modern mystery of Emily Dickinson
Good characters, interesting premise. Good read. I enjoyed it. It immersed me into the rarified world of a small private East Coast College faculty, where arcane points of literature and tenure are matters of life and death.
A very surprising mystery.
I love this author. I hope to read all her books!
I consider this to be an exceptionally well-written first mystery. Dobson has draw superb characters and even if you guess the "who" in whodunit, a reader is unlikely to anticipate all the other things the author has in store. If you've ever spent so much as a semester at a private college, the characters will remind you of people you know. Dobson's observations about class consciousness and academic snobbery added yet another dimension to the novel. A blurb from Publisher's Weekly on the paperback I read notes the author's "wit and insight." I concur and am off to request the second book in this series.
This is the first Professor Karen Pelletier novel and it is GREAT!
" Karen Pelletier abandoned her life in New York for a professorship at Massachusetts's elite Enfield College. But she quickly learns that
New England is not the peaceful enclave she had imagined--and that not even the privileged world of academia is immune to murder..."
The writing is excellent--both technically and entertainingly!
Book is in minty cond.