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In the current era of budget cuts and fee increases, community college ...
In the current era of budget cuts and fee increases, community college president Park Holloway arouses faculty and student animosity with his expensive building program, especially an admin building derisively nicknamed the Taj Ma'Holloway. When Maggie finds the college president hanging in the building's stairwell, suspicion falls not on her, but on her young friend Sly Miller. A world-class artist, his sculpture was supposed to be hanging in place of the body. That's only the beginning of a twisty plot dealing with the aesthetics and business of art, a billion-dollar art-for-arms deal; political corruption and cronyism; and issues of art forgery and journalistic ethics, all capped off by a stunning denouement.
Posted October 9, 2012
The eighth Maggie MacGowen Mystery finds our protagonist in a funk. She’s still depressed after the death of her homicide detective husband, Mike, less than a year ago. Then the investigative filmmaker learns that her TV series is being cancelled by the network. At loose ends, until she finds her next gig, she accepts a one-semester contract at a local community college to teach a few film editing courses.
Her young friend Sly, who Maggie and Mike rescued from the streets as a nine-year-old and who attends the school, has won a contest to supply an art object to be permanently displayed in the entrance of a newly constructed administration building. However, the president informs Sly it will only be on exhibit for a year, when it will be replaced, setting off Sly’s temper in his disappointment. But Maggie gets others on the faculty to meet with the president, who is persuaded to reverse himself. Shortly afterward, the president is found hanging from a chain at the entrance ceiling from which Sly’s art sculpture is to be hung.
From this point, the plot moves smoothly ahead, with Maggie, of course, uncovering background information to help solve the murder as well as other possible crimes. The story develops slowly and surely, with excellent character development and smooth writing and a credible conclusion.
Posted October 23, 2012
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