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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; First THUS edition (Nov. 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553282085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553282085
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #458,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fifth in a series featuring bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Annie Laurence Darling ( Death on Demand ), this tale is long on literary allusions but short on momentum. Invited to teach a class on mystery novels, offered for some strange reason in the journalism, rather than the English department of a local college, Annie finds that university politics become grist for the school's paper. Student editor Brad Kelly's expose of a professor's embezzlement, and of the journalism department's apparent cover-up, lead to that instructor's suicide. Department chair R. T. Burke tracks the source for Kelly's story, but before he can disclose it, Burke is murdered and the newspaper office bombed, killing a secretary. Annie and her P.I. husband, Max, who had been hired to investigate the suicide, tolerate the cheerfully irritating help of Laurel, Max's mother; Miss Dora, a college trustee; and Henny, Annie's best customer, described by Annie as "a free spirit, an old bat, and a mystery nut." Several additional characters are also mystery nuts who frequently cite plots, characters and authors. This ploy does not compensate for Hart's thin characterizations or her penchant for lists and chronologies that undercut the suspense.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Hart has a light touch with her characters, a fresh heroine in Annie, and a delightfully different setting!"

-- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

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By Chutes on Sept. 27 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You have to like mysteries about the field of mysteries or else the numerous allusions to other mysteries could be annoying. You do NOT need to have read other mysteries to read this one, however. The writer uses other titles to make comparisons, generally. I found it all fascinating and am whiling away a medical leave ordering titles I find mentioned. There are some real classics, many out of print but available used, that I never would have thought to look for. Hart's allusions extend outside the mystery field to jurisprudence, biography, and journalism, but the real meat is the mystery bibliography. The actual mystery is interesting, with lots of list writing and puzzling, livened up with eccentric characters. I particularly liked a very minor character, a befuddled student in a class on Mysteries who had never read one. One puzzle--why teach a course on mysteries in a journalism department? Only vaguely explained. An earlier reviewer mentioned bad language which puzzled me. I didn't notice any.
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By apoem on Dec 1 2001
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This is one of the best Death on Demand mysteries.
One of the things that Carolyn does best is combine a little bit of humor with a little bit of mystery. She does that well in this book.
Annie is teaching a class about three great mystery writers only to have her plans upset by three ladies of mystery. One is Annie's mother in law, as always, is delightful. Slightly off kilter and yet she is on the mark with most things. The other two are fans of mysteries and known for causing problesm where they go. Very good.
Although it is usually easy to figure out who did it by the end of Carolyn Hart's books, it doesn't make it any less of an enjoyable read. THis is one of my favorite Death on Demand mysteries.
As an added bonus, you get a lot of references to other mysteries that are good reads as well.
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Annie Laurance Darling, owner of the mystery book store Death on Demand, is invited to teach a class on "Three Great Ladies of Mystery" at a local college. She looks forward to the challenge until she discovers that three of her students are her mother-in-law Laurel and two of her cronies. This is only the beginning of her troubles, however, because she soon discerns serious jealousy and in-fighting among faculty members. Before it's all over, there is a suicide, a murder and a bombing. There are lots of suspects and everyone seems to have a motive, so Annie is puzzled as to who's behind all the chaos. This is one of the better books of the series and it contains a lot of humor, and an interesting resolution to the mystery.
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By A Customer on Aug. 18 1999
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I enjoyed A Little Class on Murder more than any of the other Death on Demand books, and I love them all. This one was the most enjoyable to me because Henny, Miss Dora, and Laurel are all in Annie's class together. They have all wrecked havoc in Annie's life before, but it is when these three ladies form their own manic version of the 3 Musketeers that they really shine. Being in Grad school, I enjoyed reading a mystery set at a college campus. And, as always, Annie and Max are the perfect couple. Very fun!
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A messy story with a profusion of characters and motives. Worst of all is the vicious way the authors portrays one character's weight, continually describing her with terms such as "gross," "lazy," or "greasy," and littering her living area with junk food. Feel free to give it a pass. You're not missing much.
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