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Death In A Tenured Position by Amanda Cross
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Reminded me of Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night and Sarah Caudwell's Thus Was Adonis Murdered, although both are much better writers than Cross, and Caudwell is much, much funnier. Some acute observations in this book, though, like

She had often noticed that when people with large libraries fell into trouble, the fact that the books had not risen en masse to help them always seemed to give those without books comfort.

and some nice dialogue, like

“If you get everything wrong, how can you be a reporter?”
“I’d say that was the main qualification.”

but on the whole I'd have to say Robert Parker's take on academia in Hush Money is better done, an easier read, and a lot nastier.



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