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Murder at Markham (Sheila Travis #1)

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When Sheila Travis takes a job at the prestigious Markham School, she expects to deal with lively students, not a dead woman in the library stacks. When another body turns up, Sheila knows something has to be done. Will she be able to handle the academic infighting in time to prevent another murder?
Paperback, 218 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Silver Dagger Mysteries (first published 1988)
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Jan 26, 2013 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Markham is Patricia Sprinkle's debut mystery novel. It features Sheila Travis, the recently widowed wife of a diplomat. Sheila has just returned to the States from Japan and is looking for a job--not out of financial necessity, but as a way of keeping occupied while she sorts out her life. She lands a job as administrative assistant to John Dehaviland, the extremely pompous president of the Markham Institute. Markham is a very old and respected training ground for up-and-coming ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Charlotte rated it liked it
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This book is the first in the author's Sheila Travis Mysteries Series. That series is one of my favorite series, and the protagonist is one of my all-time favorite sleuths. That said, this is my LEAST favorite book in the series, and I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to the series or to Patricia Houk Sprinkle's writings. I liked the book only because I had already read all the other books in the series and was hungry for more. But it wasn't very filling, just an "okay" read. While I ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok
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Jun 27, 2013 Jana Denardo rated it it was ok
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This 80's era mystery failed in pretty much every way to engage me. I found the characters flat and Sheila Travis, the protagonist, flipflopped on every emotional front. She's all over the map. The mystery really made no sense once Sheila does the cliche bring everyone together for the big reveal.
Sep 04, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it
Widowed Sheila takes an admin. job in Chicago at Markham, a diplomacy school. With her Aunt Mary, she solves the mystery of a dead woman wrapped in a rug and found in an ice-cold storeroom.
May 24, 2014 Mary added it
This book wasn't as interesting as the first one of the series. I just had to plow through it. I do like the main characters but I feel that there are too many characters to keep track of.
May 16, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Not nearly as good as the first Patricia Sprinkle book I read, but then, this is a different series and her very first book.
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Aka Patricia Houck Sprinkle.

When I met and married Bob, he looked over our budget and demanded, "Why don’t you write a mystery to pay for all the ones you buy?" I immediately knew I wanted to put a body in a building where I’d once worked. However, being over-endowed with the Protestant ethic, I wrote "important" things first and only wrote the mystery in my spare time, so my first mystery, Murder
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