Death at the Alma Mater (A 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 spi...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
My demands for this kind of book are simple: divert ...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
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.
One small niggle -- someday I'd like to find an American character who is neither a boor or a buffoon. Are we REALLY all that bad?
The characters in Death at the Alma Mater are not deep, but they are entertaining, and provide this listener with fairly gentle crime, without the slash and burn of some other authors.
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