Professor Molly Barda investigates a mysterious paddling accident, and realizes it isn’t only business majors who cheat to get what they want. Whether it’s moving up in the college rankings, getting a seat in the big canoe race, or just looking out for themselves, some people will do whatever it takes-including murder.
This was an enjoyable light read that centers around a college professor, the inter-department politics that drive her crazy, and the man she is dating.
Molly is a likeable character. She is a good person and feels guilty for even having wished her colleague dead. When the body of yet another acquaintance is found, she tries to understand the connections between the events and the people involved.
Although the descriptions of the college culture felt true-to-life, some facets of Molly’s life and her reactions to events did require some suspension of disbelief. The story’s resolution came together nicely, with a few unexpected turns.
This is the second book in a series, but it can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone (I hadn’t read the first book).
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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About the Author
Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.
In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.
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