A Little Class on Murder Hardcover – Aug 19 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"Hart has a light touch with her characters, a fresh heroine in Annie, and a delightfully different setting!"
-- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A class on mysteries being taught in a journalism dept.? This absurdity strained my credibility past the point of being able to enjoy anything about the book.Published on Nov. 7 2002
I enjoyed the actual mystery of the book (finding out who the Deep Throat was) but the numerous allusions to other mysteries really made me stumble. Read morePublished on June 15 2000
Max and Laurie Darling are delightful and Henny, Miss Dora, and Laurel are equally annoying and amusing. Read morePublished on May 9 2000 by Sue