Bel Barrett teaches at a community college where students have problems just getting to their classes, and administrators and teachers are underappreciated and underfunded. It's not surprising that these folks have hostilities that lead to murder - and Bel's hot flashes and menopausal difficulties add humor to the situation as she and her pals work to solve the mystery and absolve the accused student.
Menopause and Murder - they seem to go hand in hand for me.
With the sensibility shaped in the sixties and kids born in the seventies, Jersey City community college professor Bel Barrett hit the big five-0 in the nineties.
It is a really funny mystery about a college professor dealing with Menopause and solving a murder at the same time.
With a sensibility shaped in the sixties and kids from the seventies, Jersey City community college professor Bel Barrett hit the big Five-O in the nineties. The patronage politics of urban academia and the dreams and demands of city students threaten to burn Bel out but its hot flashes and a fancy fundraiser that really turn the heat on. Then the college president gets murdered.
If you haven't met Bel Barrett you should. According to the jacket blurb Bel is a Professor of English at a Community College in Jersey City, she lives in Hoboken across from the Manhattan skyline. She loves her job and the new college president, Altagracia Garcia, who attends the college fair and crumples to the floor in front of Bel and is pronounced dead. The murder is pinned on one of Bel's students, but she isn't buying it. The accused may have earned an incomplete in her class but she's convinced he isn't a killer except in the kitchen where his skill rocks. Bel is determined to solve the mystery and will, if only she can find the real killers before they stop her from clearing her student's name.
Bel is a great character and the book is well written, a nice cozy to spend the day with.
This was a wonderful light mystery about a college professor who turns her attentions to crime solving.
Another great Bel Barrett Mystery!