The George Eliot Murders: A Beth Austin Mystery

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A dress designer fails to her death in the hotel lobby. A body is found on the jogging trail. Not what Professor Beth Austin had in mind when she left Midwestern's icy February campus for a sabbatical at Hawaii's Royal Aloha hotel to prepare a seminar on George Eliot's Middlemarch. Suddenly, Beth finds herself smack in the middle of another case. To solve the crimes, she teams up with a retired lawyer and a very famous, very handsome writer. Life begins to imitate art when Beth realizes the superrich guests of ...
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Overview

A dress designer fails to her death in the hotel lobby. A body is found on the jogging trail. Not what Professor Beth Austin had in mind when she left Midwestern's icy February campus for a sabbatical at Hawaii's Royal Aloha hotel to prepare a seminar on George Eliot's Middlemarch. Suddenly, Beth finds herself smack in the middle of another case. To solve the crimes, she teams up with a retired lawyer and a very famous, very handsome writer. Life begins to imitate art when Beth realizes the superrich guests of the Royal Aloha - one of whom may be a murderer - bear an uncanny resemblance to the characters in Middlemarch. When a fierce storm closes off the outside world, trapping panicked guests inside with an unknown killer, Beth's budding romance takes a backseat as the tension escalates ... and she becomes a target for murder.

Professor Beth Austin is an expert on 19th century novels and a born sleuth. Taking along George Eliot's Middlemarch on her Hawaiian vacation was pure serendipity, for Beth never dreamed the classic novel could help her solve a crime. Stumbling upon a gruesome murder, Beth observes Eliot's brilliant character studies coming to life in those close to the crime.

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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.
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.)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385312288
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Beth Austin Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243

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