Heroine Advena (Vena) Goodwin does not set out to become a detective. She is more interested in untangling a literary mystery, writing her dissertation, and falling in love, but the young man who fascinates her has killed himself or, as she suspects, been murdered.
A smart, resilient young woman, Vena attempts to trap the clever murderer Professor Gould by using his over-sized ego against him. With no one believing her suspicions at first, she is on her own in dangerous territory masked by a scholarly campus setting.
This upmarket murder mystery takes place in the settings of Rochester in upstate New York and Rome, Italy. The crimes, murder and theft, are interwoven with a literary puzzle the protagonist solves even as her life is imperiled.
|Publisher:||Rogue Phoenix Press|
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About the Author
She recently won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom creative writing award in poetry for 2016 and previously won the New Century Writer award for short stories. Dafoe’s poems, essays, and stories have appeared in numerous literary publications. Her fiction work also appears in the anthology Lost Orchard, published by SUNY Press in 2014.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It took me awhile to read this because I wanted to give it my full attention, and I was rewarded for it. Advena, a graduate student in poetry under the advisement of highly-regarded Dr. Roald Gould, discovers connections between the professor and a classmate's death, officially called a suicide. She pursues her hunches, only to be turned away, dropped from her program, and insulted. Her nerves become more and more frazzled, until as a reader, I wondered if she were a reliable narrator. The academic situations were realistic--a pompous prof and students eager to please him, all operating on ego and talent. Poetry and literature run heavily throughout the book, which has a literary puzzle of its own. That puzzle and the mystery itself are only wrapped up at the very end, packing a powerful punch. Academics and literature lovers will especially appreciate this book.