Phi Beta Murder (Rex Graves Series #3)

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BOOK 3 IN THE ACCLAIMED REX GRAVES MYSTERY SERIES

Scottish barrister Rex Graves will never understand why the devil his son Campbell chose to go to college in Florida rather than attending university in bonny Scotland. During Rex’s visit across the pond, tragedy strikes when a student is found hanging from a rope in his locked dorm room. Did the poor lad commit suicide, or was it murder?

With one student dead and his own son in danger, Rex ...

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Overview

BOOK 3 IN THE ACCLAIMED REX GRAVES MYSTERY SERIES

Scottish barrister Rex Graves will never understand why the devil his son Campbell chose to go to college in Florida rather than attending university in bonny Scotland. During Rex’s visit across the pond, tragedy strikes when a student is found hanging from a rope in his locked dorm room. Did the poor lad commit suicide, or was it murder?

With one student dead and his own son in danger, Rex Graves vows to learn the truth. In between trying not to worry about Campbell and trying to please his new love, Helen d’Arcy (while keeping ex-girlfriend Moira at bay), Rex conducts his own investigation. What he finds is a maze of sordid secrets in the university’s not-so-hallowed halls.

Praise for the Rex Graves mystery series by C. S. Challinor:

“A winner . . . a must for cozy fans.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A clever variant on the locked room mystery. With a host of colorful characters, a dose of humor and a balmy locale, you will want to devour this well-plotted mystery.”
—Mystery Scene

Phi Beta Murder is not affiliated or associated with the Phi Beta Kappa Society
or any of its members or affiliated organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Challinor’s thin third mystery to feature Scottish barrister Rex Graves (after 2009’s Murder in the Raw), Rex’s visit to his son, Campbell, a sophomore at Hilliard University in Jacksonville, Fla., takes a deadly turn. Dixon Clark, Campbell’s resident adviser and peer mentor, apparently hangs himself in his dorm room. The authorities suspect suicide since instructions on how to commit suicide were downloaded from Dix’s computer, but Keith and Katherine, the victim’s disbelieving parents, ask Rex to investigate. As Rex researches Dix’s past, a campus gossip Web site yields clues and a recent incident regarding Dix’s role in the expulsion of another student. Extra stress arrives with Rex’s distraught ex-girlfriend, Moira Wilcox, an aid worker who suffers from post-traumatic stress after witnessing a car-bombing in Iraq. Nothing if not resourceful, Rex focuses on sleuthing and being a good dad in this lightweight cozy. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Visiting his son at his Florida college, Rex Graves (Christmas Is Murder; Murder in the Raw) gets enmeshed in a student's suicide and must also deal with the attempted suicide of his ex-girlfriend. VERDICT Featuring the unbelievable premise of a Scottish lawyer running an investigation in Florida with the blessing of the local police, this quick read never quite engages the reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738718903
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: Rex Graves Series, #3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 386,781
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

C.S. Challinor (Florida) was educated in England and Scotland, and has traveled extensively. Her short stories have been published in women’s magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Tense College Mystery

    Nicely plotted and thoughtful story that every parent of a college student might find insightful. Good descriptions and well-developed characters presented from the viewpoint of a personable Scottish barrister whose hobby it is to solve murder mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

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    Engaging Read

    This review is based on an unedited ARC, which goes out to the large reviewers and is subject to minor revisions by the publisher's editorial staff prior to release.
    "A fast and compelling read, with enough substance, suspense and plot to satisfy. A touching aspect is Rex's developing relationship with his twenty-year-old son, Campbell, whose dormmate at Hilliard University was found hanged, and whose parents ask Rex to investigate when certain suspicions arise, even though the Jacksonville, Florida PD are prompt to rule the student's death a suicide. A solid third sequel to the Scots barrister Rex Graves series, which began with Booklist star-reviewed 'Christmas is Murder.' The recapping is nifty, so you don't need to read the books in order. 'Phi Beta Murder' will be followed by 'Murder on the Moor' in March 2011."

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    Thoughtful cozy mystery centers around a Scottish dad searching

    Thoughtful cozy mystery centers around a Scottish dad searching for justice at a Florida college--to save his son from the fate of a dead student. Third in the Scottish barrister (Rex Graves) series, but you don't have to read in order, as separate mystery, different locale.

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