Amateur sleuth Professor Beth Austin, whose debut in The Mark Twain Murders
earned rave reviews and numerous mystery award nominations, returns for a splendid second outing. A dress designer falls to her death in the hotel lobby. A murdered body is found on the hotel's jogging trail. Not what Professor Beth Austin expected when she left Midwestern's icy February campus for a sabbatical at the Royal Aloha hotel to prepare a seminar on George Eliot's Middlemarch
. The fun ends when murder begins. To solve the crimes, Beth teams up with a retired lawyer and a famous writer. Then a third body turns up, and immediately after, a fierce storm closes off the Royal from the outside world, trapping panicked guests inside with an unknown killer. Beth's budding romance with the writer takes a backseat as the tension escalates while she pursues the truth...and becomes a target for murder.
"This one fairly jumps into your bookbag."--The New York Times Book Review
"In Skom, I suspect, we have a new star."--Chicago Tribune
Edith Skom lives outside Chicago, where she is a lecturer at Northwestern University. The Mark Twain Murders was nominated for an Anthony, an Agatha, and a Macavity Award.