In classic noir tradition, English Professor Karen Pelletier gains a client when her office door opens and Trouble walks in. The dog, a Rottweiler, brings with him a famous Private Eye novelist and a problem. And since Sunnye Hardcastle (a Patricia Cornwell lookalike) will be a featured speaker in the English Department’s upcoming conference on the murder mystery (from a Feminist Perspective), Karen is intrigued. The next thing you know, one midnight someone rushes out of the Enfield library with an armload of rare books. In fact, the library is missing a truckload of its treasures. Then a theif is found dead in the stacks, his neck broken. With a real private eye on the case, the hunt is on—for the manuscript of Hammett’s famous novel, The Maltese Falcon, for the missing books, and for potential murder suspects. This sparkling fifth entry in an award-nominated series riffs the hardboiled genre and several sacred icons. What is truth? What is fiction? No one seems certain. Perhaps most frustrated is Karen’s boyfriend, Massachusetts police lieutenant Charlie Piotrowski, a man having trouble dividing his personal and professional life, let alone translating modern academic-speak. But then, don’t we all?
About the Author
Joanne Dobson is the author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series from Doubleday and Poisoned Pen Press. She won an Agatha nomination for QUIETER THAN SLEEP, the first book in the series, the novels have been widely reviewed, including in the NEW YORK TIMES, and in 2001 the adult- readers division of the New York Library Association named her Noted Author of the Year, as the writer whose books they most enjoyed recommending to their patrons. For many years Joanne was an English Professor at Fordham University, teaching literature and creative writing. Her scholarly research and writing focused on Emily Dickinson and on the popular fiction of 19th-century American women writers. She now writes full-time and teaches creative writing at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. You may contact Joanne at: www.joannedobson.com .
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The Maltese Manuscript: A Professor Karen Pelletier Mystery based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
But plots escape me wish put no of series after title to avoid having to skio around putting in order. Would not call these a cozy as they are not but might list as light noir classic english. They lack the humor that would make it a classic u.s.a. and rub off the noir her situation with out tener through out the series adds a burden onto the reader as it limits the story with the angst
And gal waiting to get full heath coverage. A good solid read for those between cozy and english classic (my mum never liked mysteries where they had a cuppa) i read out of order and was a little confusing. most series should start near the beginning as get get better. akways exception. Not to be confused with the n y prof series