Overnight Float: A Mystery

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"A good whodunnit with the promise of a strong series to come." (Houston Chronicle)

Former CFO Rosemary Stubbs arrives at Sanderson College fresh from divinity school, still devastated by her husband's tragic death. She hopes to find solace and a new vocation as the college chaplain. But instead, she finds herself caught in the midst of campus intrigue and embezzlement. When the college treasurer is found dead in the campus swimming pool, the mounting tension highlights hidden conflicts and allegiances. It will ...
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Overview

"A good whodunnit with the promise of a strong series to come." (Houston Chronicle)

Former CFO Rosemary Stubbs arrives at Sanderson College fresh from divinity school, still devastated by her husband's tragic death. She hopes to find solace and a new vocation as the college chaplain. But instead, she finds herself caught in the midst of campus intrigue and embezzlement. When the college treasurer is found dead in the campus swimming pool, the mounting tension highlights hidden conflicts and allegiances. It will take all of Rosemary's wits to add up the clues before the murderer gets her number.

In Overnight Float, Rosemary Stubbs makes her debut as an uncommon sleuth with much character and intellect.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The groves of academe provide a bucolic but menacing backdrop for this witty murder mystery of manners, set at Sanderson, a Vermont women's college. Rosemary Stubbs, the new chaplain and a former computer firm CFO, has made an abrupt career shift following her husband's tragic drowning. At Sanderson, she finds conversation seasoned with such subjects as Greek lyric poets, molecular biology, fine wines and rowing machines. The college's finances, however, are shaky. Budget cuts to athletic programs have ruffled assorted feathers. When a school administrator's corpse surfaces in a swimming pool, Stubbs, still grieving over her husband's death, must now minister to friends and foes of the deceased. Pastoring issues, such as selecting hymns and delivering sermons, arise intermittently and strengthen the credibility of Stubbs's character, while a attraction to Scotch gives her additional dimension. A prodigious suspect list includes other college administrators and trustees, disgruntled professors, disaffected coaches and even some student athletes. Though the story's pace droops at times, the author knows her field and is adept at slipping important details into the book's many casual moments. In Rosemary Stubbs, Mullings has created a savvy and appealing entry to the ranks of cleric-sleuths. (Sept.) FYI: Clare Munnings is the pseudonym for Jill Ker Conway, former president of Smith College, and Elizabeth T. Kennan, former president of Mount Holyoke College. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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As a second-career divinity school graduate, widowed Rosemary Stubbs takes a job as chaplain at a small Vermont women's college. Shortly thereafter, she discovers the body of the school's female finance officer, who first encouraged her to apply for the job. Recent budget cuts made the woman unpopular with various trustees and college departments, but Rosemary discovers disturbing financial irregularities (she worked previously as a computer firm CFO) that constitute a motive for murder. While the story is initially a bit plodding and creaky, the pace picks up after Rosemary's sleuthing begins. First in a series by Jill Ker Conway and Elizabeth Kennan. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Kirkus Reviews
Tired of all those mysterious campuses where the faculty never convenes except to swap bon mots and ridicule each others' scholarship as trendy, cheap, and false? Then you'll love Vermont's Sanderson College, whose staff, in meetings and out, are quite properly obsessed with the real force driving American higher education today: money. Rosemary Stubbs, who left a successful career as a computer company's chief financial officer to go to divinity school after her husband was killed in a solo boating accident, begins her stint as chaplain to Sanderson's 1,800 female undergraduates to learn that her knack with numbers is in at least as much demand as her rapport with students. Hardly has appealingly ardent Rosemary unpacked when she finds the body of Blanche Werner, the treasurer who'd improbably recruited her for the post, floating in the Olympic-sized pool in the college's spanking-new athletic center. The disarray of Sanderson's fiduciary affairs, which has set the trustees, the athletic coaches, and the faculty (the latter not much in evidence here) at each others' throats, clearly points to a financial motive, but don't bother competing with Rosemary to find it; this isn't one of those detective stories weighed down by a whole lot of clues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142000113
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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