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"Gregor, like the series itself, shows no signs of stopping."--Booklist
"Sharp, intelligent, and inventive…the kind of mysteries a Dorothy L. Sayers or a Josephine Tey might have been proud to come up with in the genre's so-called Golden Age…like a good cabinet maker, Haddam knows exactly how to cut and polish her material into art."--Chicago Tribune
"Fans of Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian mystery stories will be pleased that the celebrated FBI agent is back to crack another case…intelligently written and well-paced…Haddam handles multiple murders and complex story lines in a masterful way that makes this tale a worthwhile read."--Indianapolis Star
Posted December 1, 2008
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was very disappointed. I'm amazed she she has had so many books published! It had the setting and idea for a good read, too bad the author couldn't write her way out of a paper bag. The characters had no depth, she was extremely repetitive in her descriptions to the point where I felt this repetitiveness was just filler because she really didn't know how to explain a situation in an interesting way. This book could have easily been edited down to 100 pages but even then there would have been no hope for it being an intriguing story. I do have to say one good thing about the book, I bought it in the bargain section of B&N! Maybe some of her other books are much better, but I'm not usually one to read another book by an author that has pretty much burned her bridge with such a dud the first go around.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Mark DeAvecca is a first year student at Windsor Prep but isn¿t feeling well; his hands shake, he hallucinates and has memory loss. Everyone on the campus assumes he is doing drugs because his roommate Michael Feyre is a drug dealer. One night he thinks he sees somebody lying down on the ground but when he goes to investigate nobody is there. Worried about his health, he calls his mother¿s friend, former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian. --- Gregor notices right away that Mark is not himself but he doesn¿t believe he¿s taking drugs. He takes him to his hotel for a meal and some sleep and when Mark wakes up he returns to the school. When Gregor goes to find him, he sees Mark convulsing on the floor. He calls 911 and after some tests are made they learn he is suffering from caffeine and arsenic poisoning. They don¿t know who gave it to him or who wants him dead but Gregor thinks it is linked to the ¿suicide¿ death of his roommate. Gregor leads the local police in the direction he believes is the right one to catch the perpetrators. --- Jane Haddam has written another fantastic Gregor Demarkian mystery only in this book his role is more of an observer than an active participant. Gregor is more concerned with his lover¿s revelation to his offhand comment about getting married and he uses the crimes as a way of escaping from Bennis¿s odd mood. The HEADMASTER¿S WIFE is filled with eccentric and oddball characters, with secrets to hide. Gregor¿s job is to figure out which one is desperate enough to kill to keep the secret buried.--- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.