cover image Quick Study: A Murder 101 Mystery

Quick Study: A Murder 101 Mystery

Maggie Barbieri, . . St. Martin's Minotaur, $24.95 (304pp) ISBN 978-0-312-37675-8

In Barbieri's witty third cozy to feature English professor Alison Bergeron (after 2007's Extracurricular Activities ), Alison befriends Hernan Escalante and his extended family from Ecuador at the soup kitchen where she's doing community service north of New York City. When the beaten body of Jose Tomasso, one of Hernan's relatives and an illegal immigrant, surfaces in the Hudson near Riviera Pointe, a luxury condo development in the Bronx where Jose was a construction worker, Alison offers to help Hernan find out what happened. After a second murder at Riviera Pointe, Hernan disappears. Alison's investigation leads her and her sidekicks, including her faithful canine companion, Trixie, into all sorts of nail-biting danger. An offer of assistance from former sweetie Jack McManus, marketing director for the New York Rangers, tests Alison's relationship with her main squeeze, NYPD detective Bobby Crawford. Barbieri scores again with this high-octane blend of romance, laughs and chills. (Dec.)