Wednesday, February 21, 2007
English professor Alison Bergeron was not cut out to be a murder suspect. What kind of suspect vomits all over the police officer's shoes when told a body has been found in her stolen car? Maggie Barbieri's debut mystery is a humorous look at an ordinary person caught up in circumstances beyond her wildest imaginings.
Alison was just a recent divorcee teaching at a Catholic college in the Bronx. She had no idea why anyone would want to steal her old car, let alone why the body of one of her students would be found in the car. She was gullible throughout her whole marriage, and she realizes she's still naive and gullible when it comes to murder investigations. All she can do is rely on Detective Bobby Crawford to realize she couldn't have possibly committed murder.
Despite Alison's weak stomach, Murder 101 is a fun mystery. And, it doesn't hurt to have gone to a Catholic school when you read the book. There's a reason Alison still fears nuns.
Murder 101 by Maggie Barbieri. St. Martin's Minotaur, ©2006. ISBN 9780312355371 (hardcover), 272p.