Just could not get into this book.
An interesting mystery set in the academic world.
A reread for me. Was just as good the second time.
An interesting academic mystery involving poisoned coffee.
I like NYC detective Sigrid Harald. The story and characters are great without being contrived. Keeps you guessing.
Margaret Maron is an author that I keep meaning to read-- especially after having read and enjoyed her first Judge Deborah Knott mystery-- and I keep getting sidetracked. First published in 1982, One Coffee With takes Maron back to her beginnings as a writer, and her introduction to this newest release should not be missed.
However the novel itself shows her inexperience at the time. The book is so focused on the minute ins and outs of the Art Department that the story takes much too long to get moving. By the time it does, I was almost at the point of wanting everyone to be found guilty and thrown in jail just so it would end.
Only when Maron begins to delve into Sigrid Harald's character does the book begin to come to life. She's closed off and quirky and prefers to be left alone, but she has an eye for detail that's phenomenal. I intend to continue with the series simply because I want to know more about Harald.
One Coffee With may have a problem here and there, but it's also plain to see the promise buried inside the story. It's the beginning of a phenomenal career, and I'm glad to see how it all began.
There was more than cream in Professor Ripley Quinn's morning coffee. NYPD detective Sigrid Harald soon had the right slant on the investigation
Book 1 in Sigrid Harald Mystery series.
I have enjoyed the Sigrid Harald series. Maron hasn't continued the books in recent years, and I will miss them.