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The Raven and the Nightingale by Joanne Dobson
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Apr 19, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: contempory-mysteries
Read in April, 2008

I love this character! Karen Pelletier is an associate professor of English at Enfield College, a top tier school, who keeps getting drawn into murder investigations that require her literary expertise. The mysteries and the character are down-to-earth, but Dobson is able to switch into complicated literary-criticism speak at the drop of a hat where required and fully realizes the academic interactions in a small college. She authentically speaks in the voice of an early-eighteenth-century poetess, an integral component of the plot. This particular mystery is centered on Edgar Allan Poe. I picked up on who did it and a couple of the major secrets revealed pretty early on, but the details and the ride were fun.

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