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"In a great introduction to a new cozy mystery series, author ChristaNardi's Murder at Cold Creek College takes us into the world of ColdCreek College, a place where nothing is quite as it seems on thesurface. We're also introduced to protagonist Dr. Sheridan Hendley, aprofessor of psychology and eventual amateur sleuth."
"Workingwith the intriguing Detective Brett McMann to solve the murder, Sheridan soon realizes that she has to work fast, or she might not just behunting the murderer, she might become the next victim."
"Murder at Cold Creek College would appeal to any reader who enjoys mysteries with a dash of romance, suspenseful reads, and an occasional laughthroughout."
- File size : 3974 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Publication date : January 12, 2014
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00FQ748GO
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #193,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Too melodramatic for my taste. No explicit sex. No offensive language.
The cozy mysteries I have read have been set around bed & breakfast establishments, bakeries and cafes (strong favourites with authors) and flower shops. To find one set in a college (university in Aussiespeak) was a refreshing change. Sheridan is a kind, settled lady in her forties who is more or less resigned to single status after a divorce, but has lingering hopes of eventually finding someone suitable in the small community. Again cozy mysteries traditionally have a nosy, busybody making the cops look like fools, rushing in where "angels fear to tread" but this time, beyond wondering privately who did the murder and giving some information to McCann, Sheridan is not rushing around questioning everyone and making a pest of herself. However, the reader is aware that something has to break sometime...
The advent of Brett McCann, State detective, into Sheridan's life is beautifully done. The romance is followed at a realistic pace, so if you are "into" the hero and heroine ripping the clothes off each other as soon as they meet and thereafter for pages at a time, this is not a book for you.
I found the depiction of college life from the professor's point of view very interesting - the politics, the insider shenanigans - the likes of some of which I was aware when I went to university back in the 1980s.!
I couldn't wait to get the next book in the series and have just started it so will report back in due course!
Sheridan is often thrown into situations beyond her control that cause her to become a prime target for the killer. Adam, the handsome state police detective, is on the job and very attracted to Sheridan. Things really heat up between these two.
This is a story I enjoyed, especially the many plot twists and turns that lead to a very satisfying ending. It is well-written with well-developed and likable characters. There are many characters but not overwhelming to the point where you get lost in the who is who.
The author appeared to either be knowledgeable in the day-to-day of college life or she researched it extremely well. I highly recommend "Murder at Cold Creek College" for an entertaining read. I look forward to reading the second book in the series, "Murder in the Arboretum" and have added it to my to-be-read list.
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Though the victim was known to like young women, it is only as the case progresses that Sheridan and other members of staff learn the full extent of his womanizing - meaning several people on the campus could have had cause to murder the man. But who really did it?
This is a really good read. It will keep you guessing until the very end.
Because one of her friends might be arrested as a suspect, Sheridan tries to piece together, using her training in logic and psychology, elements of the murder and uses a rating system to see who might legitimately be considered suspects and who are clearly innocent. She meets with little success but, ultimately, that becomes irrelevant as the solution is thrust upon her in the most violent way.
So, although I do not see this novel as a serious whodunit, it is a brilliantly captured segment of an individual’s life which goes on pretty much as normal in spite of the murder but also brings change to what had been a rather mundane existence. Nardi is a clever writer. Her style is charming and unpretentious but pacy and sharp. The book is very well edited and, as far as I could tell, mistake-free. The story, and the manner of its telling, bowls along with ease, flowing from the pen of a writer very comfortable with her craft. Her characters are well-drawn, very real people, some quite obnoxious, others extremely likeable, and the budding relationship between Sheridan and Detective McMann is engaging and attractive, unalloyed by any pointless intervals of gratuitous sex.
The whole, to me, is an account of the daily events and interactions of a college professor into whose mind we are given complete access. She is such an attractive personality that we cannot help but empathise with her, and the fact that she can talk endlessly about lesson preparation, student counselling, and other college minutiae without causing the reader any tedium, is a testament to Nardi’s story-telling skill and her understated but exceptional writing ability. I really enjoyed this book and can recommend it to reader’s who enjoy a good story in any genre.