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Extracurricular Activities (Murder 101 Mystery #2)

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You’d think, now that she’s off the hook for murder, that Alison, an English professor at a cushy college campus just north of chaotic New York City, would be able to relax. But how can she, with a wedding in the works? A Ph.D can only go so far…

The recently-divorced Alison couldn’t be happier for her best friend, the bride Max. The problem is with the groom. Namely, his

Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published November 27th 2007)
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Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It takes a lot for me to quit reading a book before I've finished - particularly when I've made it over halfway. So it's saying something when I tell you I quit reading this book with less than 50 pages to go.

It was simply awful. The changing point of view was confusing and unnecessary. The main character, supposedly a James Joyce scholar, seemed part Stephanie Plum and part mall babe. She acted none too intelligent, and her supposed job was given lip service only. And her questionable actions (
Erin L
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-teacher
I think I liked this book better than the first in the series. The dialog seems to have improved a lot over book one.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extracurricular Activities (2007) is Maggie Barbieri's second mystery novel featuring English professor Alison Bergeron. It is the sequel to Barbieri's debut novel Murder 101.

A few months have passed since Alison was cleared of the murder that ocurred at the small, secluded college where she works. It has been about as long since Alison last saw her married (sort of) boyfriend Detective Bobby Crawford. Everything about Alison's life seems to be back to normal--leaving her plenty of time to focus
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extracurricular Activities was a great second addition to the Murder 101 series. If the pattern continues, the next book will be even better than the last.

After finding out that Detective Crawford is still technically married, English professor Alison Bergeron is heartbroken. She finally divorced her cheating husband and the first man she opened her heart to, lied to her. Things have finally returned to normal at work, but her ex-husband Ray has been coming around more and more under th
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
When we first met Alison Bergeron, she was the number one suspect in a college student’s murder. Not only did Alison have a past with the victim’s parents, her ex-husband had an affair with the student as well. Just clearing her name from one investigation, Alison soon finds herself involved with another murder. . . her ex-husband Ray. Ray’s death has Peter Miceli’s name written all over it, as his death was a signature Mob hit. As much as she despised Ray (after all he had numerous extra-martia ...more
Summary: Wow-Alison's life is complicated! Her best friend is getting married to her married-but estranged from his wife-kind of boyfriend's cop partner; she's under stress at work; her other best friend is trying to set her up with his brother; and her philandering ex-husband is found dead in her kitchen. Again she is dragged in to solving a mystery!

Thoughts: I read the fourth book in this series a while back so I was pleased to be able to pick this up (review of the third book tomorrow). I als
Melinda Elizabeth
This book is hilarious. Allison's pithy off side commentary throughout the book really gave me a chuckle and it feels like she's sitting in a cafe with you, telling this story over a cup of coffee.

I only wish that there was more of Kevin the priest, although maybe I missed out on all the priest jokes in the first book (read them out of order...again....) but I liked that he was this gossip hungry reverend who was lending an ear when she needed it most. Max was also someone who felt a little off
If I could have, I'd have given this one 3.5 stars. This is the second of Barbieri's "Murder 101" mysteries, and it's a bit better than the first (which, by the way, I believe was her first book). This time, it's Allison's cheating ex-husband, Ray Stark, who is the murder victim; Allison discovers him sitting at her kitchen table, dead, and missing his hands and feet. The suspects are many: the mob boss, the jealous husband next door, the student with whom Ray was having an affair when he died. ...more
Shonna Froebel
This is the second book in the series that started with Murder 101. The series features college professor Alison Bergeron. Here we have her best friend, Max, about to get married and her ex-husband, Ray still hanging around more than she likes. Also hanging around is another acquaintance from college, Peter Miceli, husband of Gianna Miceli, and member of the mob.
Alison is waiting for her wanna-be boyfriend, NYPD detective Bobby Crawford to be free of his previous relationship before she starts a
This is the first book I read, but actually the second one in the series. It hooked me in -- I liked the characters, the humor, the academic setting....

Alison has gone through a divorce: her husband had multiple affairs yet tries to be her friend still. They teach at the same college, which makes it awkward: they also coteach one class. Alison has already been involved in one murder--and helped investigate what really happened. She met handsome, and separated, Detective Bobby Crawford, during th
(E-Lib) Another good one. I liked how this picked right up from where the previous one left off.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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suspenseful. romantic page-turner, but the protagonist is a lot harder to like in this one. very tmi, some coarse humor, noticeable bad language, and catty comments about others.

Alison's life is slowly getting back together after the events of book 1, but then she comes home one afternoon and finds her ex-husband dead at her kitchen table with his hands and feet removed and the circus starts back up again. She has to turn to Crawford to help solve the case, even though she wasn't entirely talkin
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was fun. I've only read one of Barbieri's books before -- Murder 101 -- and that was quite some time ago. If I recall correctly, at the time it was her only book. Time has, indeed, gone by.

Protagonist Allison Bergeron is an English professor working at a small Catholic college in the Bronx. She's been divorced from her philandering husband for about 3 years and her only dalliance since then was with the detective she encountered in 101 after a dead body turned up in her trunk. Let's just sa
Teena in Toronto
I like mystery series with continuing characters.

I really liked this book. This is the second in the series of five. I apparently read the first one in the series in 2008 but wasn't all that impressed. Maybe she's gotten better or my tastes have changed? I've reserved the other four from the library so may go back and reread the first one. I'll definitely move forward with the series.

The writing style is engrossing and funny. I found it entertaining to read.

The main characters, Alison and Crawfo
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Series To Read Alison was just kidding around with Max when they mentioned killing her ex-husband, Ray, in the first book, "Murder 101," but then she comes home one night and finds him minus his hands and feet in her kitchen. She calls the police and then Crawford comes back into her life. She tries to find who murdered her ex, shoots her (grazing her) and then murders her neighbor, burying her in the backyard, for the dog to find (yep, Trixie has moved in with Alison). Good read. I am l ...more
Laura Salas
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mystery
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Alison does not see Crawford since she discovered he was still married, though separated. Max gets married. Alison discovers her ex-husband, Ray, murdered in her kitchen with his hands and feet cut off. Her next door neighbors leave their dog, Trixie, with Alison when they leave. The woman from next door is found in a hole in her back yard minus her hands and feet. Bobby's wife gives him a divorce. Alison and Bobby get together. Giama Micelli, head of a mob gang killed Ray, wishing it was Alison ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than the first in the series. Alison doesn't faint or get sick when finding dead bodies this time 'round, and the first body is that of her ex-husband.

Once again she is embroiled with NYPD detective Bobby Crawford, the Miceli mob family and going head-to-head with the nuns at her college.

There were a few too many bodies for me, but the story moved along at a great pace and the relationship between Alison and Crawford enjoys its ups and downs.

Looking forward to the n
Nov 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Maggie Barbieri's series featuring college professor Alison Bergeron. Despite the nastiness Alison gets herself entangled in this time around (her dead ex is found sans hands and feet in her kitchen), she still manages to juggle a murder investigation and two men, handsome cop Bobby Crawford and George Clooney clone Jack McManus...okay, make that a murder investigation and four men, if you count deli owner Tony and mob boss Peter Micelli. Despite all the insanity, Alison eventually p ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is the 2nd book in Maggie Barbieri's Murder 101 series. Alison is busy with teaching, and getting ready for her BFF Max's wedding. As always, Alison runs into one surprise after another, especially since she is trying to help find out who murdered her ex husband.

I am working my way through the series in order and have the next 3 books waiting for me at my local library.

Why don't all y'all visit your library's and check out a copy, or just buy one.

I really liked this book, mainly because I really like the Alison and Crawford characters. They're very likeable but still have flaws.

The only problem I had w. this book is that at times things were stated as known fact and I thought to myself "What? When was that said/did that happen?" and then would flip back through the book to see if I zoned out while reading and missed it. I did not zone out and there were a few gaps. Not sure if it was intentional or due to lazy editing.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
murder 101, Barbieri's first book, was a great academic mystery, with a lot of witty banter and a little romance thrown in. This sequel was really disappointing -- the mystery is secondary to the not-as-witty banter, the point of view switches between characters and is disjointed, the language is crude, and the plot is just silly. It feels as if the author got the book out before it could be edited -- and as if she doesn't even like her characters, they're so ridiculous.
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Alison Bergeron is swept up again in a murder when a body is discovered at her kitchen table. Barbieri uses the college community and the small town of Dobbs Ferry to populate another great story. The mob, nuns, the New York Rangers, and a priest all add interesting elements to this mystery. Alison's on/off relationship with Det. Bobby Crawford moves forward as well, which bodes wells for another installment in this cozy mystery series.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's a woman to do, when she finds her ex-husband, dead, in her kitchen? Should she call her almost married boyfriend? Or should call her best friend, a priest? And what about that mob boss that just doesn't leave her alone?

I read the first book of the series, Murder 101, last year. And I really enjoyed it. I love the main character, Alison, she's smart, quirky and for some reason has this ability to find dead bodies on her property. And the second didn't disappoint.
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Barbieri is a tough woman who duked it out with cancer and won. Instead of folding inside of herself, she chose to live outward, which included writing wonderful mysteries for us to read. She writes about the serious situations in life with a sense of humor using Alice Bergeron, an English professor in a small Catholic college. A woman I admire and an author I love to read.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I like this series. The main characters are likeable and it reads fast.
In this book Alison's ex gets murdered, and then her neighbors disappear leaving her to take care of their dog. For once the main character doesn't purposely get herself in trouble. The relationship with her and Crawford is very cute.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maggie Barbieri is the author of the Murder 101 series, which is comprised of Murder 101 (2006); Extracurricular Activities (2007), Quick Study (2008), Final Exam (2009) and Third Degree (due November 2010.) She lives in the New York metro area/Hudson Valley with her husband, and two children. By day she's a writer and editor of college textbooks. She is currently at work on the sixth book in the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Murder 101 Mystery (7 books)
  • Murder 101 (A Murder 101 Mystery, #1)
  • Quick Study (A Murder 101 Mystery, #3)
  • Final Exam (A Murder 101 Mystery, #4)
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