Murder 101

Welcome back, everyone. Thanks for all the comments I rec’d last week about T.D. Jakes’s book, Not Easily Broken. This week I’m reviewing a totally different type of book, Murder 101, a mystery by first time author, Maggie Barbieri.

The heroine of this whodunnit, Alison Bergeron is a quiet, unassuming  English professor at a small college on the banks of the Hudson River. Recently divorced and without a car since hers was stolen, the last thing Alison expects is to become the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

Alison isn’t your typical hip, overly confident amateur sleuth like the ones who populate most mysteries. She cries a lot, eats often, drinks plenty, and throws up when she’s nervous, which happens on a regular basis. The story is told in first-person so the reader gets to know Alison well. She isn’t aware of her own charm or dry sense of humor, which makes her all the more endearing.

I’m giving this book four and a half stars. A few scenes in the book seemed to happen just for the sake of humor or filling space, but even so they didn’t slow down the pace of the story. If you’re looking for a different voice in your typical whodunnit, Ms. Barbieri delivers. With plenty of romance and mystery, this book will make good use of your next snowy afternoon.

Please post a comment and let me know what you think. Each comment enters you in the drawing for an ARC of my latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter.    

Happy reading,                                                                            Teresa Slack


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4 responses to “Murder 101

  1. Teresa, I love mysteries, and this sounds like a good read. Alison must be a character who easily endears herself to the reader, because she comes across as real. I’ll add Murder 101 to my ever-growing and dangerously teetering stack of want-to-reads. So many books, so little time!

  2. Toni Holt

    “Murder 101” sounds like a great book for one of these rainy nights we have been having. I think I’ll head to the library tomorrow or sometime this week to see if they have it.
    Toni Holt

  3. Sounds like a fun mystery to read! I love anything with a college professor and food! Will be reading it this weekend.

  4. Bonnie Cooper

    Mysteries usually scare me and I can’t read them at night. But this one sounds fun .I think I’d definitely like to read it

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