A Little Class on Murder (Death on Demand Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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When mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance is invited to teach "The Three Great Ladies of the Mystery" class at Chastain Community College, the sometime sleuth discovers that all is not strictly academic in Chastain's hallowed halls of learning. And when a shocking scandal in the school newspaper erupts in a suicide and two violent deaths, Professor Laurance enlists the ...
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A Little Class on Murder (Death on Demand Series #5)

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Overview

When mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance is invited to teach "The Three Great Ladies of the Mystery" class at Chastain Community College, the sometime sleuth discovers that all is not strictly academic in Chastain's hallowed halls of learning. And when a shocking scandal in the school newspaper erupts in a suicide and two violent deaths, Professor Laurance enlists the talents of her new hubby, private eye Max Darling, and dons her thinking cap to probe intrigue and vengeance among Chastain's faculty.

A Dangerous Thing

Max and Annie, with dubious help from three of their own great ladies of the mystery -- Annie's pixilated mother-in-law, a batty local dowager, and a Christie crime fanatic -- learn that just about everyone at the school had means, motive, and access to the murder weapons. From the secretly boozing professor of advertising to the muscle-bound campus cad who barters passing grades for a little extracurricular activity, anyone on the faculty is a possible killer -- waiting to strike again!

What better place for a murder than a college campus? When Annie Laurance teaches a course on the three great ladies of mystery--Christie, Mary Roberts Rhinehart, and Dorothy Sayers--she quickly learns that murder is a subject most academic!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fifth in a series featuring bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Annie Laurence Darling ( Death on Demand ), this tale is long on literary allusions but short on momentum. Invited to teach a class on mystery novels, offered for some strange reason in the journalism, rather than the English department of a local college, Annie finds that university politics become grist for the school's paper. Student editor Brad Kelly's expose of a professor's embezzlement, and of the journalism department's apparent cover-up, lead to that instructor's suicide. Department chair R. T. Burke tracks the source for Kelly's story, but before he can disclose it, Burke is murdered and the newspaper office bombed, killing a secretary. Annie and her P.I. husband, Max, who had been hired to investigate the suicide, tolerate the cheerfully irritating help of Laurel, Max's mother; Miss Dora, a college trustee; and Henny, Annie's best customer, described by Annie as ``a free spirit, an old bat, and a mystery nut.'' Several additional characters are also mystery nuts who frequently cite plots, characters and authors. This ploy does not compensate for Hart's thin characterizations or her penchant for lists and chronologies that undercut the suspense. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Hart has a light touch with her characters, a fresh heroine in Annie, and a delightfully different setting!"

-- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307574855
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Series: Death on Demand Series , #5
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 92,778
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Hart
Carolyn Hart

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of more than forty books, including eighteen Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the highly praised Henrie O series. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    No apple for the teacher

    I was very disappointed in this book. It was so predictable and lacked depth. Carolyn Hart is one of my all time favorites, but this one missed the mark with me.

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