Midlife Can Be Murder: A Bel Barrett Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Oct 2001
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About the Author
Jane Isenberg taught English to urban community college students for close to thirty years. She has been writing mysteries ever since she experienced her first hot flash. Her copies of Modern Maturity are delivered to her new home in Amherst, Massachusetts, that she shares with her husband Phil Thompkins.
Top Customer Reviews
Bel's former student asks her to figure out why her co-worker was killed. Yet when Bel drags her two friends into helping her, they all decide not to tell the former student anything. Huh? They don't even know this person...why would they try to solve his murder if not for Ashley? Why would they care?
So much time was wasted on ridiculous conversation between Bel, Betty and Illuminada that it began to feel like I was reading more filler than story. I mean, a whole chapter about Illuminada's "reconcilliation" with her daughter?
It just gets worse as it goes on. Bel figures something out out of nowhere, and within a couple of days, she's got some guy flying across the country to meet with her by posing as a recruiter. If I went across the country for a job interview and the recruiter suddenly told me she wasn't really a recruiter and started asking me questions out of the blue about something I'd rather forget, I certainly wouldn't sit there and allow her to tape the conversation...I'd be on the first plane home.
But the worst part of all had to be when Bel caught the murderer...by COUGHING ON HIM?!?!? I could not believe what I was reading.
Add all this to the fact that so much of the book is a history lesson in the Jewish religion, and you'd be better off taking a nap rather than reading this one.
In the Hebrew class is her former student Ashley who begs her to help find out whether her friend's death was an accident or a murder as she rally suspects. Unable to say no, Bel enlists the help of her friends who have worked with her on previous murder investigations. Together they launch an operation that takes a lot of energy and nearly costs Bel all that she holds dear.
The fifty something-menopausal heroine is drawn very true to life and is so noble and charming she has the audience rooting for her all the way. The secondary cast is just as well drawn as the star. The characters make MIDLIFE CAN BE MURDER feels more like a multi dimensional reading experience. Jane Isenberg has crafted a well-written mystery with enough red herrings to keep the best puzzle solver stumped.
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Bel is back! In her latest adventure she's climbing the walls to try to find the killer. It was hard to picture fifty-something Bel and her cronies infiltrating the... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Mystery Reader
If you've been nervous about flying, here's what I recommend: buy a copy of Jane Isenberg's new mystery "Midlife Can be Murder," start reading when you fasten your seat... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001