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Agatha-finalist Dobson's sixth mystery to feature English professor Karen Pelletier (after 2003's The Maltese Manuscript) earns a passing grade. Karen is up for the sole open tenure spot in her department at Massachusetts's Enfield College, but the department chairman is championing her underqualified Native American colleague, Joe Lone Wolf, which sends Karen into a dither. She also worries about her boyfriend's deployment to Iraq and her daughter's jaunt to Nepal. After someone slips Joe a fatal overdose of what may be peyote, she becomes the prime murder suspect. Plenty of other suspects emerge from the stereotypical cast of faculty and students, as Dobson trots out a plague of academic bugaboos, including drugs, false credentials, plagiarism, faculty in-fighting and hate crimes. When Karen stops dithering and starts playing detective, things heat up quickly. (Jan.)
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Professor Karen Pelletier is preparing to fulfill her dream of a tenured position in the English department of Enfield College, a prestigious New England institution. As she assembles her dossier, she learns that her rival for the chair, Native American professor Joseph Lone Wolf, has died of a peyote overdose. His minority status gave him an advantage and puts Karen at the top of the suspect list. A homicide detective with a grudge against her cop boyfriend, Lieutenant Charlie Piotroski, who is away serving in the National Guard in Iraq, makes sure that she stays on the A-list. Meanwhile, the petty squabbles of academia rage as the politically correct chair of the department and the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Whiteness Studies argue over the course list, and two of Karen’s favorite students, a Muslim woman and a coal-miner’s son, get caught up in the squabble. Dobson, who teaches at Fordham University, provides an amusing and accurate view of academia with her au courant plot and colorful characters. --Barbara Bibel

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Product Details

  • Series: Professor Karen Pelletier Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590585852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590585856
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,969,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Dobson has done it again. She has brought back Karen Pelletier and I can't wait for the next
installment. The entire series is wonderful--the best in academic mystery. Without giving anything
away, it is set in small, exclusive Enfield College. Karen is brave, brilliant, and resilient. She
is not your typical English professor at a snooty school! This book is very 2010--with attention to
social issues and a very clever use of Facebook. I would definitely recommend this book and would
also hope that people would go back to the beginning and read the entire series.
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For me, a mildly awkward title, but the story is anything but. Author Joanne Dobson
has written another fascinating insider tale about the machinations of the very
private and often arcane world of higher academia. The novel, sixth in the series,
is set in the rarified world of Enfield College, a private high priced and high
minded institution of higher learning.

While college and collegial are from the same root, and college administrations and
faculties try to project an aura of patience, calm and reasoned discourse, we all
know, when we stop to think about it, it ain't always so.

Karen Pelletier is six years into her faculty position in the English Department at
Enfield.. She is beset by an incompetent department chair and a colleague who gives
her the willies. It is tenure decision time. In the academic faculty world, one's
position is essentially temporary until the faculty, deans and ultimately the college
administration, makes a proffer of tenure. Tenure usually means one has a life-time
appointment, so it's a pretty big deal. What's more, if you aren't awarded tenure,
you have to leave the institution. Pelletier is in the midst of collecting and
refining her tenure materials for timely presentation. There are two professors up
for tenure and only one position available. Then her competition is murdered. With
law enforcement looking intently her way, the intrepid professor has to deal with a
raft of odd characters, out-of-the-norm students, political incorrectness and most of
the other ills that occasionally beset college campuses.

Author Dobson is peerless in her depiction of the nuanced atmosphere and language of
the college.
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What's more stressful than facing the process needed to secure tenure at a liberal arts university? Well, how about being a murder suspect, like Karen Pelletier, a professor whose blue collar roots sometimes put her at odds with the prestigious Enfield College, where she teaches in Joanne Dobson`s "Death Without Tenure,"? The murder suspect part has happened to her several times before (this is a series) and her current love interest is a detective, but it's still tough. Karen's rival for tenure, Joe Lone Wolf, has an ethnic advantage in this PC climate, but when he is murdered, Karen must once again exonerate herself. The fictional Enfield College, located in the Amherst area of MA, doesn't have quite as many crimes as "Law & Order's" Hudson U, but still plenty.

As the book opens, Karen is commiserating with colleague Miles Jewell, the first clue to a longtime series fan that things have changed. Jill, Karen's best friend at Enfield, appears only briefly here. We do find out what happens to Karen's daughter, Amanda after she graduates, as well as several other students who played major roles in earlier books. Established characters, like Trooper Felicity Schultz and Enfield President Avery Mitchell play roles, as well.

Things have changed since I went to college a decade ago, and the author has fun parodying them. `Writing' like `print' is passe," a student informs Karen proudly as she's filling in for her deceased colleague. "Our texts include Facebook and YouTube." Fortunately, though, Facebook proves handy when Karen needs to investigate her colleague's background and solve the mystery. Overall, this latest in the series is a satisfying read, though it seems a little rushed in places.
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Format: Hardcover
In Massachusetts, Enfield College English Professor Karen Pelletier is up for tenure. Her rival has much less experience and papers than Karen has. However, the department chair is pushing Native American Joe Lone Wolf for the spot.

Upset by what she knows is unfair treatment, Karen is also anxious about her daughter Amanda who is in Kathmandu, Nepal and her boyfriend U.S. National Guard Bureau Lieutenant and State Police Investigator as a civilian Charles Piotrowski deployed to Iraq. When Joe dies from apparent peyote poisoning, the police suspect Karen as she had plenty to gain with the competition removed. Not one to sit by idly, Karen puts aside her personal concerns made worse by a jealous "Person" in the department to investigate and soon locates other suspects from among the faculty, staff and student bodies.

Professor Pelletier's latest amateur sleuth (see The Maltese Manuscript) is a fascinating whodunit that starts off a bit slow as Karen whines about the unfairness of academic life, but accelerates once the heroine gets out of her funk to investigate the homicide. The story line somewhat lampoons the college world as Karen's inquiries lead to stereotype characters from all lines of academia and their related issues. Fans will enjoy the New England English professor who puts aside her companion The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson to investigate who killed her rival.

Harriet Klausner
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