George Eliot Murders

George Eliot Murders

by Edith Skom
     
 
Amateur sleuth Professor Beth Austin, whose debut in The Mark Twain Murders earned rave reviews and numerous mystery award nominations, returns for a splendid second outing. A dress designer falls to her death in the hotel lobby. A murdered body is found on the hotel's jogging trail. Not what Professor Beth Austin expected when she left Midwestern's icy

Overview

Amateur sleuth Professor Beth Austin, whose debut in The Mark Twain Murders earned rave reviews and numerous mystery award nominations, returns for a splendid second outing. A dress designer falls to her death in the hotel lobby. A murdered body is found on the hotel's jogging trail. Not what Professor Beth Austin expected when she left Midwestern's icy February campus for a sabbatical at the Royal Aloha hotel to prepare a seminar on George Eliot's Middlemarch. The fun ends when murder begins. To solve the crimes, Beth teams up with a retired lawyer and a famous writer. Then a third body turns up, and immediately after, a fierce storm closes off the Royal from the outside world, trapping panicked guests inside with an unknown killer. Beth's budding romance with the writer takes a backseat as the tension escalates while she pursues the truth...and becomes a target for murder.

"This one fairly jumps into your bookbag."--The New York Times Book Review

"In Skom, I suspect, we have a new star."--Chicago Tribune

Edith Skom lives outside Chicago, where she is a lecturer at Northwestern University. The Mark Twain Murders was nominated for an Anthony, an Agatha, and a Macavity Award.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Straight-arrow English professor Beth Austin, who debuted in The Mark Twain Murders (nominated for an Anthony, an Agatha and a Macavity), takes a midwinter break from Midwestern University at Hawaii's Royal Aloha Hotel, armed with a copy of Middlemarch and a decent backhand. On her first night, she overhears the phone conversation of an award-winning fashion designer who later falls to her death. When another body is found, Beth suspects someone in her tennis group may be the killer and enlists the help of two fellow vacationers, a bestselling author and a semiretired attorney. When their collective brain power falters, Middlemarch comes to the rescue with just the right passage every time. High-spirited, literate fun and a pleasure to read. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Straight-arrow English professor Beth Austin, who debuted in The Mark Twain Murders (nominated for an Anthony, an Agatha and a Macavity), takes a midwinter break from Midwestern University at Hawaii's Royal Aloha Hotel, armed with a copy of Middlemarch and a decent backhand. On her first night, she overhears the phone conversation of an award-winning fashion designer who later falls to her death. When another body is found, Beth suspects someone in her tennis group may be the killer and enlists the help of two fellow vacationers, a bestselling author and a semiretired attorney. When their collective brain power falters, Middlemarch comes to the rescue with just the right passage every time. High-spirited, literate fun and a pleasure to read.
Library Journal
Second novelist Skom also makes use of that favorite mystery microcosm-the hotel. While vacationing at an isolated luxury resort in Hawaii, Professor Beth Austin (The Mark Twain Murders, Council Oak Bks., 1989) overhears the disturbing telephone conversation of a fashion designer who subsequently plunges to her death-a supposed accident-in the hotel courtyard. Austin begins sleuthing when a second death-definitley a murder-raises doubts about the first. Spacey dialog and disjointed narrative eventually give way to frequent Middlemarch references and a more substantial-and finally entrancing-plot for those with the patience to wait.
School Library Journal
YA-Introduced in Skom's The Mark Twain Murders (Dell, 1990), Beth Austin, a witty English professor with a penchant for relating contemporary people and motives to those presented in classic novels, continues to solve murders. The locale this time is a swanky Hawaiian resort. Beth's new friends at the hotel include two able sleuthing assistants-and a murderer. The opening chapters grab readers, and the climax is suspenseful. The story moves quickly, since most of it is advanced through dialogue. Teens will appreciate Beth's sense of humor, the short chapters, and the large amount of white space per page. References to Middlemarch are adequately explained. Give this mystery to procrastinating students who must read a novel over the weekend.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440217756
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/1996
Series:
Beth Austin Mysteries Series
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.82(d)

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