Death at the Alma Mater (St. Just Mystery #3)
BOOK 3 IN THE AGATHA AWARD-WINNING SERIES
St. Michaels College is prestigious, stately—and in frightful disrepair. To replenish the school's dwindling coffers, the College Master plans a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the wealthy and gorgeous Lexy Durant is found viciously strangled to death.
Drama queen Lexy inspired jealousy, envy, and sp...more
Most of Malliet's characters -- a notable exception being Portia De'Ath, and even she has a rather twee name -- come across as stock or over the top: the self-less police inspector, his loyal i ...more
No one seems to have liked her very much including her ex-husband Sir James Basset who is also a guest along with his second wife, India. DCI Arthur St Just must try and unravel the case and ...more
Overall, fun mystery, but not overly enthralling.
The mystery is set at St. Michael's college at Cambridge. A group of wealthy alumni are gathered for a weekend in hopes that they will donate to the financially challenged college. When One of them t ...more
The characters were particularly weak. They were too cardboard to be GOOD characters but not outrageous enough to be entertaining caricatures. Perhaps this affected me more than it would have if I had not felt she did an especially bad job on the three American characters, whom she regarded as either extremely unpleasant or worthy of ridicule. She a ...more
Things could get dodgy, what with Sir james’ ex-wife and her Argentinian playboy lover in attendance. There’s also a Texas oilman, a television journalist, an American financier and his wife, and ...more
With a handful of suspects to interview and investigate backgrounds on, St Just is still faced with building a portrait of a woman who, by all accounts was a flighty glamour-puss still yearning for her lost love, while having to endure a weekend reunion with her ex-husband and the woman who who replaced her as his wife.
Pales in comparison to Malliet's other novels.
This was an okay listen. It's well narrated, and the characters are fun, like Malliet's other St. Just novels. However - this one really left me feeling flat. It seems to get tied up too quickly, without really having left proper clues. It's as though the author got tired of writing and said, "well, I'll just make this character be the culprit". The characters also were not as well developed as in some other books by this ...more
My demands for this kind of book are simple: divert ...more