In this suspenseful mystery by Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell, a startling murder exposes dark dealings in a quiet New England town . . .
When a talented student asks her to endorse his controversial thesis on race and language, linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau cautiously agrees to take up the cause—so long as no one at their small New England college finds out about the romantic bonds they’ve formed.
But just days later she discovers the student’s been murdered following an acrimonious meeting with the department chair, and Lauren’s concerns go from academic to criminal as she’s thrust into a search for the killer.
A determined Quaker with an ear for accents, Lauren won’t be deterred by the escalating danger surrounding her, and she’s soon confronted with alarming small-town bigotry, academic blackmail, and a trail of clues that all lead to a community center for underserved youth.
And when her investigation reveals a web of shadowy connections deeply entrenched in her small community, she uncovers a motive and a murderer far more menacing than she had ever imagined . .
This is the first novel in the Lauren Rousseau mysteries
A Packed Mystery!
What a great start to a mystery series! As you should never shop when hungry, neither should you read an Edith Maxwell book – food always sounds sooo good!
Lauren Rousseau is a professor at a small New England college; Jamal is her best student and slightly older than most of them. When Lauren wakes up next to him she is shocked at her own behaviour, but when she leaves college a few nights later and finds his dead body on campus, she is even more shocked. Could it be anything to do with his fall-out with her boss, or is there some other reason? With no real leads for the police to go on, Lauren can’t leave it alone and determines to find his killer.
Wow, this is one busy book! It’s never a straightforward matter of solving one death with this author – she has a wonderful imagination. I really like Lauren, and look forward to more from this series. With her romantic life hanging in the balance, her friend, sister, other family members and her penchant to follow her nose – despite her heart, and mine, thumping in her chest, this is an exciting read! Lauren is much braver than me – creeping around investigating others is most definitely not my forte. Another feature of this author’s work is always the fabulous food especially from different cultures and my mouth watered throughout. My only criticism is a personal annoyance: as a Scot, I have no issue with American and Irish spirits being described as whiskEy, but Glenfiddich is most definitely Scottish and therefore WHISKY. A well-planned and beautifully written tale, as always, and one I recommend to all lovers of a good mystery with several strands to follow. I’m happy to give this 4.5* and await the next one!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: murder mystery
- Format: ebook
- Size: 201 pages
- Publisher: Beyond the Page
- Publication Date: 21 July 2020
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Edith Maxwell is an Agatha- and Macavity-nominated mystery author who writes the Local Foods Foods Mysteries. Maxwell also writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, featuring a Quaker midwife sleuth in 1888.
As Maddie Day, she writes the Country Store Mysteries set in southern Indiana, and the Cozy
Capers Book Group Mysteries.
Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen juried anthologies and magazines. She is active in Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is outgoing President of SINC New England.
Edith, a fourth-generation Californian, has two grown sons and lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau, their two elderly cats, a small organic garden, and some impressive garden statuary. She worked as a software technical writer for almost two decades but now writes fiction full time.