By Frequent Anguish

By Frequent Anguish

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745190650
  • 9780745190655

Review Text

When widower-professor Neil Kelly - the 50-ish narrator of this mystery-in-academia trifle - hears that his lovely goddaughter/fincee Pril has been murdered in the library, some readers will sign with relief. . . because the cutesy/literary conversations between Neil and Pril give new meaning to the word "arch." And indeed this mystery debut does become a bit less precious, though no less talky, as Neil then proceeds to play detective. Among the suspects: Pril's spumed suitor Brian; two women (one a caricatured lesbian-radical) who also made amorous advances; a grotesquely cartoony campus activist who wanted to change his style and go straight, via Pril's literary magazine; and a slimily lecherous professor. But eventually Neil is led into the past, and over to Harvard, to unearth a maniacal literary motive (thoroughly implausible) as well as a 40-year-old murder. Throughout, Dean seems a bit ambivalent about whether he's writing straight or tongue-in-cheek: as a result, the Williams/Amherst-y campus here never rings true in the way that Amanda Cross' academia settings do. And on all counts, in fact, this is best described as a poor man's Amanda Cross (effortfully, rather than effortlessly, erudite) - but the Cross audience may nevertheless want to give it a try. (Kirkus Reviews)
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