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Coffee to Die For: A Prof. Teodora Morelli Mystery (Professor Teodora Morelli Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1998

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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About the Author

. Born in New Orleans and raised in Atlanta, LINDA FRENCH lives in a college town in Washington state. She is trained in American history and has worked as a community college instructor, grants administrator, and creative writing teacher. A former Georgia state backstroke recordholder, Linda's favorite recent purchase is a black rubber wetsuit for swimming in Puget Sound. She is currently at work on the next Professor Teodora Morelli mystery. Linda French is a history professor who lives in Bellingham, Washington
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Product Details

  • Series: Professor Teodora Morelli Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380795752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380795758
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,155,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This little book was fun to read.
The author has a wonderful way of mixing rich, descriptive language, intriguing situations and subtle humor in a way that is attractive and enjoyable. Like so many good works of fiction, especially mystery, I found it a challenge to halt my reading at the end of the chapter after the budgeted time for reading was exhausted, and so was I late at night.
Teddy Morelli, the principal character in this series, is someone who I would like to meet. She is bright, energetic, a bit mischievous, and comes across the most interesting characters from a wide range of life that one could imagine. In Coffee to Die For Teddy meets with drug-dealing Alaskan fisherman one minute, uptight university administrators the next, and always, always there is family.
The most attractive part of this book is the rich language describing the sights, sounds, smells and character of the Pacific Northwest in such a succinct and pleasant way. It certainly makes me want to visit there soon to experience what Linda French sees and lives.
As I think back to our childhood, growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, I can relate those experiences to the foundation of her writing skills.
I eagerly await the next installment in the Teddy Morelli series.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The lively plot and descriptions carried me through this book so quickly and pleasantly that I wasn't finished with the book when the story was over. I miss the characters. They, in the 350 pages, had become some of my best friends. I hope the author writes another soon because I am so lonely without Teddy and her entourage.
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This is a mystery, but not one in which detection, or even a detective, plays a major role, which is okay since it is intended to be rather light and breezy, almost an American cozy. For that kind of mystery to be successful, however, it has to have the right mix of characters, situation, atmosphere and action to offset the murder at the heart of the story. "Coffee to Die For" (which is a great title) is a near miss as an American cozy, made so mostly by the gallery of characters conjured by author Linda French. The protagonist, Teodora "Teddy" Morelli, is a history professor, but never seems to rise above the level of a ditz blundering in and out of one dire situation after another, less concerned with the murder of her brother-in-law than she is about keeping her sister out of jail for providing the art on some seed packets. The supporting cast fails to engage the reader or advance the story: a fabric cutter named Mungo whom the author no doubt intended to be comic relief comes across as brain damaged; her sister as the damsel in distress is dramatically self-destruction and appears more deranged than distressed; minor characters who were supposed to be either suspects or eccentric scene-builders are either toss-aways or distractions; and having a foot doctor named Dr Scholl is just too cloying on the intellect to be acceptable. The only time French is moderately successful in putting forth a Runyonesque crook is in Date, a thug with pretensions of poetry and philosophy, but even there the author manages only a near miss, the moment done in by mishandling the situation and the input from the other characters. Not a great book, but for all its problems it is not a bad book, and would make for an enjoyable two-hour distraction for an undemanding mystery fan looking for a light read set in the Seattle area.
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