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Physical Education (Murder 101 Mystery #6)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  336 ratings  ·  48 reviews
College English professor and sometime amateur sleuth Alison Bergeron would’ve been thrilled to hear that her husband, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, was leaving Homicide if that were the whole story, but it turns out that Bobby’s next assignment is even worse---undercover. As if worrying about his involvement in a case he won’t talk about at all wasn’t bad enough, Alison ...more
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Published November 22nd 2011 by Minotaur Books
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I have had this series on auto buy since the first one and every on has gotten a 5 except this one. Not that it was bad but it just was not up to par. I think there were too many things going on in it and the ending was very abrupt. The characters were as interesting as ever and the wonderful inside jokes were just as good as usual, the plot just was not up to snuff.
Vicki Gooding
Hmmm, did not realize this was book #6. I read number 5 so this is her 2nd novel for me to read. This author is hilariously funny. The mystery is good. It's consistent even with other story lines that do have some reaches into the past novel. This College professor finds a dead body in her trunk with all the marks of a mob hit. Her best friend (a priest) is being pushed out of his profession by an allegation against him. Her newly wed husband is a police officer who is bringing cause for doubt a ...more
Debbie Heaton
In Barbieri’s mystery novel, newly married English professor Alison Bergeron stumbles upon a corpse in her car. The victim was a recent mailroom hire at the college and seemed nice enough. As the police investigate they learn that he was actually a foot soldier for the local mob. What disturbs Alison the most is why was he placed in her car? Alison’s life gets more complicated when the girl’s basketball coach dies and she is recruited to replace him. With Alison’s suspicious nature in hand, coup ...more
Physical Education: A Murder 101 Mystery by Maggie Barbieri tells the story of Alison Bergeron, an English professor at St. Thomas, a small Catholic university in New York City. She is an amateur sleuth and is married to Bobby Crawford a NYPD homicide detective who she calls Crawford. Physical Education is about her taking on the job as interim coach of the St. Thomas Blue Jays, the girls basketball team, after the sudden death of their coach during one of their games and her related investigati ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Dr. Alison Bergeron is an English professor at a Catholic College, newly married to NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford and looking forward to spending a quiet evening with him when a mailroom clerk is found dead in the trunk of her car--the second time a murder victim has been dumped in Alison's trunk. Is the murder related to a crime family like before? Perhaps, but hubby Crawford isn't talking and goes undercover, which takes a toll on their relationship.

Alison also can't confide in her
Cheryl A
In this 6th installment of the Murder 101 mystery series, we find college English Professor Alison Bergeron finally married to her long time beau, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford. But married life isn't all she thought it would be - Crawford's keeping strange hours, even for a cop, and she's trying to navigate her career, Crawford's job and her stepdaughters Erin and Meaghan. Meaghan is attending St Thomas, where Alison teaches and is on the basketball team, adding one more committment to juggle. ...more
Rob Preece
College Professor Alison Bergeron is already running late when the campus security guard stops her to tell her that her car's trunk is ajar. Unfortunately, it's a dead body holding the trunk open... and this isn't the first dead body to turn up in Alison's trunk. Because Alison is involved, her cop-husband can't take the case, but Alison knows the other cops on the case and, for the most part, she's content to think she isn't a suspect. Alison doesn't mind doing a bit of amateur sleuthing, but s ...more
Teena in Toronto
Alison and Crawford are married, his ex-wife is in London, one of his daughters likes Alison and the other daughter is being a bratty bitch to Alison because her parents have moved on.

For some reason, Alison is made the coach of the basketball team when the the coach dies on the court (she has zero experience coaching a basketball team).

Then she has everything else going on ... Crawford is being secretive and lying; her friend, Father Kevin, is still on suspension with the church and the univers
I was so disappointed with this book. I've read the previous 5 books in the series and, while they sometimes were just okay, most were good enough that I overlooked the constant fact that Barbieri has absolutely no idea what a college professor does. Granted, these are cozy-reads, BUT they are also academic mysteries. So getting at least some of the character's life to be accurately represented seems to be an important issue. In this book, I'd go so far as to say that Barbieri not only doesn't g ...more
Professor Bergeron is already running late when the campus security guard stops her to tell her that her car's trunk is ajar ... and it's because of a dead body in the trunk. Great premise for the opening of a story, but the rest of the story didn't hold my attention because much of the nuance in the story is predicated on having read the other Murder 101 Mysteries. I believe either a recap or warning should have appeared before the first chapter, if the story is reliant on the others for contex ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I read this book as Maggie Barbieri can not write anything but an excellent book, and she upheld my opinion with "Physical Education" the sixth novel in the "A Murder 101 Mystery" series.

College Professor Dr. Alison Bergeron is married to NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford after a long courtship. There is something wrong though. Bobby is carrying around some secrets and Alison is disturbed. To make the situation even more tense, her step-daughter, Meaghan is living with them and the older st
This is the second of the Dr. Allison Bergeron mysteries I have read. They are light and fairly meaty but this one was too enigmatic to be totally enjoyable. She spent too much time trying to figure out what her police-detective husband was doing, and Barberi didn't give the reader enough to chew on. If she had just stuck with Allison and her side of the story, all would have been terrific, but her wondering about Bobby and never giving us a clue was frustrating, to say the least. Allison is an ...more
I have savored reading the Murder 101 series because I love Alison Bergeron so much--and especially her relationship with hunky Crawford. Physical Education did not disappoint. I keep wondering how Alison could get herself into another mess but here we are again! Alison is snooping around where she doesn't belong--across her personal and professional life. Alison knows she isn't doing herself any favors: "I had this annoying habit of doing exactly the opposite when pressed."

I enjoy the college
After getting over the preposterous idea that Alison would be aske/forced to coach the college basketball team, and her feeling she had to do it to get tenure, I thought this was an engaging book. I have already struggled to get over the fact that Alison does not work hard enough (at teaching or at scholarship)to be a successful in academia - as someone in academia myself, this series is a guilty pleasure.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I really enjoy this series. The characters are well drawn and interesting, and the protagonist, Alison, has witty dialogue with a tendency towards dry wit and sarcasm - both qualities I enjoy in my heroines.

The plot in this 6th book was a bit convoluted and chaotic, and I felt like the author could have blended all the elements of the mystery better throughout the book, although everything was explained in the end satisfactorily. I must also admit I refused to put the book down and go to sleep u
Reading a book in a series that is already well developed, can be "same song, third verse" or, if its your first read of the author's, absolutely confusing. Physical Education was neither. It is a great read no matter if you've been an avid fan of Ms. Barbieri's Murder 101 Mystery series or not. There was just enough back story to get the new reader caught up but not so much that a fan would be skimming pages in frustration. The story was interesting and the plot moved steadily. I enjoyed the co ...more
CJ Hines
Another book in the series of college professor Alison Bergeron. In this one, she has married Detective Bobby Crawford. After the college's girls basketball coach drops dead of a heart attack, lucky Alison is assigned to become the interim coach until a replacement is found. Between trying to motivate the girls and corral her assistant coach, who is Bobby's partner, she snoops around trying to figure out why her friend, Father Kevin McManus, was dismissed from the college. Of course there are de ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My professor friends, who have been holding out on me about how exciting their lives really are!
Being a professor at a small college affords English professor Alison Bergeron the chance to wear many hats. Alison is now married to the "hot" detective Crawford, and still manages to find a body in the trunk of her car. This leads to a stint as the coach of St. Thomas' D III women's basketball team, as well as some sleuthing on the side. This turns out to be the sixth Murder 101 mystery and I have really enjoyed them all. Maggie Barbieri really captures the ins and outs of this small college c ...more
Mary Dearden
Not quite as good as the first two
I've been wanting to read this for months. Unfortunately, finances dictating everything forced me to wait until I could get it from the library.
There was so much going on I had to force myself to concentrate, especially at the end, just so I could play along with the resolution to both the dead body and Father Kevin's problem.
I was a bit disappointed in the end when the who, what, where, when, how and why were summed up as if I didn't invest a few hours reading the whole book.
This is the 6th in this series.
Alison is an English teacher at a Catholic college in New York City. Her new husband is a homicide detective. When the basketball coach for their girls' team dies, Alison is appointed interim coach. Her stap daughter is on the team.
A dead man is found in Alison's trunk. Someone lied and got her good friend the chaplain fired and on his way to being defrocked.
Alsion gets involved in all of these events. Sometimes she makes me tired.
Selma de Oliveira
I thought it was kind of bizarre for a wife to call her husband by his last name. The story was cute but dull; I didn't like the main character, she was a little unbalanced. For example: Who would wear dresses and high hills to a basketball game? I think certain details are a priority. The mob connection in the story is not plausible.
I gave 3 stars because I did learn few things about a private catholic college. The setting kept me reading.
The sixth in the series; this one had a darker tone and less pratfalls and high jinks than the previous entry. Decent story and I appreciated that some loose threads that had been left hanging at the end of the last book were resolved. Alison isn't the world's greatest sleuth, she kind of falls into people's confessions and spends most of her time running around aimlessly, suspicious of everyone, but she gets results in the end.
Kim Territo
Love this series!!!
Maggie Barbieri is one of my favorite local authors. I've been a fan since the day I read the first book in this series. Since I don't believe in spoilers all I'm going to say here is that you won't be able to tell the players with out a score card.

And the ending will have your mouth dropping, and your head spinning in surprised circles. LOL
Light and funny, which is a change from the darker mysteries I have been reading. I don't think I missed out on anything really important in books 1-5, but I'd be interested in catching another book in this series sometime.
I'm glad I wasn't put off by the references to sex in the first couple pages, because this book is PG.
I love this series! It is a quick read with strong characters. There is an excellent mix of mystery and romance with plenty of twists.

***SPOILER*** I love when Allison interacts the priests and nuns. Perhaps it is from my earlier days working at a Jesuit university. I will definitely miss the Fonz in future books!
Well, this one was slightly better, which is good, as I certainly read this series against my better judgement and all excuses of taste. And hey, in this one, Alison, a PhD who teaches English, actually teaches some classes! And deals with other faculty! Amazing!
Physical Education is as light and entertaining as previous books in the series, building just the right touches of romance and humor on a solid foundation murder and mayhem.

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Sorry for the two stars Alison but your sketchy suspicions and endless pondering about your husband just wore me out. Need more plot details and less hand wringing. Don't worry - I'm still a fan and look forward to the next installment!
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Maggie Barbieri is the author of the Murder 101 series, which is comprised of Murder 101 (2006); Extracurricular Activities (2007), Quick Study (2008), Final Exam (2009) and Third Degree (due November 2010.) She lives in the New York metro area/Hudson Valley with her husband, and two children. By day she's a writer and editor of college textbooks. She is currently at work on the sixth book in the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Murder 101 Mystery (7 books)
  • Murder 101 (A Murder 101 Mystery, #1)
  • Extracurricular Activities (A Murder 101 Mystery #2)
  • Quick Study (A Murder 101 Mystery #3)
  • Final Exam (A Murder 101 Mystery #4)
  • Third Degree (A Murder 101 Mystery #5)
  • Extra Credit
Murder 101 (A Murder 101 Mystery, #1) Extracurricular Activities (A Murder 101 Mystery #2) Quick Study (A Murder 101 Mystery #3) Once Upon a Lie (Maeve Conlon, #1) Final Exam (A Murder 101 Mystery #4)

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