From Publishers Weekly
In Challinor's thin third mystery to feature Scottish barrister Rex Graves (after 2009's Murder in the Raw
), Rex's visit to his son, Campbell, a sophomore at Hilliard University in Jacksonville, Fla., takes a deadly turn. Dixon Clark, Campbell's resident adviser and peer mentor, apparently hangs himself in his dorm room. The authorities suspect suicide since instructions on how to commit suicide were downloaded from Dix's computer, but Keith and Katherine, the victim's disbelieving parents, ask Rex to investigate. As Rex researches Dix's past, a campus gossip Web site yields clues and a recent incident regarding Dix's role in the expulsion of another student. Extra stress arrives with Rex's distraught ex-girlfriend, Moira Wilcox, an aid worker who suffers from post-traumatic stress after witnessing a car-bombing in Iraq. Nothing if not resourceful, Rex focuses on sleuthing and being a good dad in this lightweight cozy. (Mar.)
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Scottish barrister Rex Graves decides that it’s time to visit his son Campbell, who is attending college in Florida. The good news is that Rex and his son are bonding well as adults, and Rex’s fears that Campbell might be in trouble appear to be groundless. The first bad news is that a student in Campbell’s dorm is found hanging from a rope. The police dismiss the death as an unfortunate suicide, but the victim’s parents think otherwise. They ask Rex to try to uncover the mystery surrounding their son’s death. He agrees and eventually exposes many of the unpleasant sides of college life, while thanking his lucky stars that Campbell really is firmly grounded and doing well. The second bad news is that a former girlfriend follows Rex across the Atlantic and stages a suicide attempt of her own. Although the humor of Challinor’s writing is still in evidence, this novel is a bit more subdued than the first two in the series (Murder in the Raw, 2009, and Christmas Is Murder, 2008). --Judy Coon