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Murder 101 (Murder 101 Mystery #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,611 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews

Safely outside the New York City limits, St. Thomas College was supposed to promise peace and quiet. Unfortunately, English professor Alison Bergeron has found it to be anything but. She recently divorced a fellow faculty member and, more recently, her car was stolen. Then one evening, she gets a visit from two homicide detectives from the NYPD. The good news is that they
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published October 31st 2006)
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Meredith Galman
Jan 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
Stupid heroine, unprofessional cop. Author clearly has no clue about what working in academia is like. I still want to know what kind of course a Joyce scholar and a biology professor would be team-teaching.
Stephanie Graves
This was seriously bad, and I only finished it out of a desire to be done with it. (I have this thing about giving up on books--I've only not finished two in my life. Come to think of it, it would probably have been just fine if this had joined that list...)

First, I enjoy mysteries as a sort of brain-in-neutral endeavor, and I am not very good at guessing whodunnit before the big reveal. However, this book was so poorly constructed that it was glaringly obvious to even me long before the protago
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Jaimie
So I ended up really enjoying this story. It started out kind of slow and I didn't know if it was going to be something I would get into but I don't know if that is because I was making assumptions as to how the story would go. Alison turned out to be a very likable character - at first I thought she was going to be cookie cutter mystery lead - you know clumsy, signature drink (martini) and blabbers on when nervous - and while she was all those things she had more going for her that made me like ...more
Una Tiers
An interesting theft opens the book, but the dialogue is so weak, it distracted me. Please don't tell me you dialed the phone or disconnected the call over and over again. Some unique parts, but it was too long, too many similar clues were investigated.
Hannah
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Murder 101 is a decent, quick cozy read (of the lighter, chick lit-ish variety rather than your traditional type). I liked certain aspects of it and wasn't fond of others, so I found myself floating between a critical mindset and pure enjoyment while I read it. In the end, I think I'm more or less on the fence.

Firstly, for the things I liked. I (mostly) liked the romance between Alison and Detective Crawford, which took up a great deal of time in this book - more so than the actual mystery, I th
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Carmen
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, cozy-mysteries
Alison Bergeron is living through a rough patch. Her lying and cheating husband is gone but not out of her life. Her car has been stolen, only to turn up with the body of a missing student in the trunk. She's the number one suspect on the list and put under scrutiny from detective sexy. Alison is certainly living through a hellish rough patch.

This book is absolutely amazing. I love Alison and her shenanigans. She's such a realistic protagonist that I wish she was real so that we could be friends
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Mary Bird
Eh. I didn't dislike it, per se, but it was kind of a strange piece. The cop doesn't act much like a cop, the professor doesn't act much like a professor, and the best friend is a seriously horrible human being. Most of the time I felt like I was reading a romance instead of a mystery (the mystery was probably the least interesting part). It was oddly put together.

Also, I could do without quite so much vomit and crying.
Diane Morasco

Maggie Barbieri's debut has a nice blend of mystery, romance & humor.

Alison Bergeron is a charming character that is not written in the stale, rehashed, cutesy cookie cutter fashion so many writer's try too hard to create.

Maggie Barbieri made it a point not to veer in the opposite direction & make Alison Bergeron a bumbling amateur who just "happens" to stumble upon the "body".

Alison has smarts & is just a regular woman going through the day to day trials & tribulations on this r
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Lisa
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I think I'd give this a not quite "it's okay" rating.... I found it to be really slow-going at first (regarding moving the mystery plot along), and the more I read, the more I disliked the main character, Alison Bergeron. Her attitude/lack of intelligence (she has a PhD?) created a not-so-likeable character that made me start to skim pages. (And why, on page 46, does Max [main character's friend] start the car a second time while driving [after having started the car a first time just a fe ...more
Deanna
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to a used book store, actually looking for a different author - which they had none of. I saw a bunch of Maggie Barbieri's books, I was hesitant. There had to be a reason why there were a lot of her books on the shelf. Right? I picked up "Murder 101", opened it up to the first page and read "Your ass looks great in that dress." I was hooked. I continued to read it, standing there in front of her other books and knew I had it get it.

I read the book in three days. It was that good. Not only
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Sommer Marsden
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. There was nothing at all I didn't like about it! I have been off the mystery bandwagon for a while now, barring some gritty darker crime books. But something about this book drew me in so I gave it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did.

Loved Alison, loved the premise, adored the writing, the tone and the style and as for Crawford...hey, can I get his number?

I'm raring for book #2 since Barbieri left me hanging and nosy at the end of book 1. Highly recommended for mystery fans who like
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Melissa
I got to the end and wished the book had been better. I liked the characters of Alison and the policeman Crawford, and the setting of the Catholic university was great. I'm no detective, but I found the solution to the mystery was completely obvious a long way back, and it annoys me when characters do things they really shouldn't and then bad things happen as a result. The writing (and the jokes) was also quite repetitive. However, I will give Book #2 a chance :)
Erin L
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-teacher
I liked the story in this one. I thought the plot overall was well thought out and executed. The problem comes with the characters and dialogue - it's really awkward. The romance between the main characters feels forced rather than natural and there isn't any real chemistry built up between them.

That said, I'm going to continue with the series for now.
Maria
This book was fine. The plot was interesting enough, but, as other readers have pointed out, the author has no idea what working in a university is actually like. Who keeps track of when other professors are in/out of the office? Why would an English professor be team teaching with a biology professor?

Also, too much vomiting and passing out.
Hmr28
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this entire series. Can't wait for Physical Education due out this month. I actually pre-buy this series as soon as I see it up at Barnes and noble for my Nook. Alison is sooo funny, the relationship is great, and the mystery's are very good as well. All around a solid 5 for every book in the series, and that doesn't happen often!
Benjamin
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me on the edge of my seat! I thought the author really added lots of detail to each scene, which I enjoyed. By putting every little detail, I thought, made it more real. Every action the character made was included. As for the mystery part of the book, the storyline kept me guessing. I didn't think the ending was as obvious as others have stated. Throughout the book, there are drops of hints on who it could be, but the reader doesn't really know until the end. It keeps the reader ...more
Julie
There is a lot of crying and vomiting in this book, as if the protagonist were reading Charlotte's Web while suffering from salmonella.
MaryLou Brown
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for light reading.
Emma
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom reads a lot of mysteries. I don't, but I do pick up and bring home all of her books so I have some familiarity with the genre. Along the way I also have become interesting in a few series. When Mom finished Murder 101--Maggie Barbieri's debut mystery novel released in 2006--and recommended it to me, after laughing through most of it, I decided to give the book a try.

Alison Bergeron is an English professor at St. Thomas College, a small Catholic school located just outside New York City li
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♥Jamie
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author was suggested in my recommended reading section. I am so happy that it was. I was totally hooked after the first chapter.

Summary:
English professor Alison Bergeron is recently divorced and works alongside her ex-husband most days at a private college, St. Thomas. With finalizing her divorce, Alison has been having a bad time of it, and it's only about to get worse. Unfortunately, her shitty old car was stolen so she's forced to walk everywhere, and most recent a visit from two New Yor
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Andaleeb
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
These are very quick reads - I read them all over the course of a couple of afternoons. They don't really have any depth or emotional content - but they do settle very nicely into the cozy mystery/romance niche. If you're a fan of those types of books (think Stephanie Plum) than these are definitely worth taking a look at.

I say they don't have any emotional depth - but what I mean is that the author doesn't do a very good job of making you feel the characters. She has to settle for just telling
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Lyndsay
Recomended to me by goodreads based on my reading history.
Spoiler at end

I have read several ameture detective novels. It is standard in the first books to set up character background and explain relationships. The mystery is usaully easy to sleuth out and mediocre. In this novel the set up was a good start. The body of a college girl with mob cinnections is found in her stolen car. She is a suspect. Then the author couldn't decide how to move the story along.

I liked the heroine Alison when she'
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Emmie
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:


Safely away from the chaos of Manhattan, St. Thomas, a small college on the banks of the Hudson River in the Bronx, is supposed to be tranquil, bucolic, and serene. Unfortunately, English professor Alison Bergeron has found it to be anything but. Recently divorced from a fellow professor and even more recently without a car---it was stolen---she has been hoofing it to school. One Friday evening, two NYPD homicide detectives drop by her office. The good news is that they found her beat-u
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Sarah
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, reviewed
The front cover screams chicklit. The inner flap promises me a comedic murder mystery, with nuns. I love nuns, so I pick it up. What we actually end up with is closer to the (admittedly honest) advertising on the cover and sorely lacking in nuns.

Set in a small catholic college just outside New York City, Alison is an English professor with a sassy best friend, annoying ex-husband (also a professor at the college,) and the dead body of a student in the trunk of her car. Alison is implicated in th
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Beth
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read. going to try and read the whole series.
Jennifer
Jan 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jennifer Crusie and light chick-lit mysteries
Recommended to Jennifer by: Daily Dose, maybe?
Shelves: read-2009
Mystery? English professor? I'm there.

Though once again a book featuring an English professor never shows her spending all nighters reading and commenting on student essays, I didn't mind too much. This was a light fluffy read, introducing college professor, Alison Bergeron, dealing with her first murder investigation. One of Alison's students, Kathy, daughter of a mob boss, not only ends up murdered but stuffed into the trunk of Alison's aging Volvo. This brings a pair of homicide detectives to
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Lindsay
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This book was pretty decent. It wasn't anything super wonderful, actually kind of makes me want to take a break from mysteries because they are all the same. Recently single girl somehow gets caught up in a murder, meets a hot detective/cop (because they are always hot), and they fall in love. Geez.
Allison is a teacher at a university and one day the cops show up at her office and inform her that her that the dead body of one of her students was found dead in her recently stolen car. For once sh
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Shonna Froebel
This fast-moving mystery centers around Alison Bergeron, a literature professor at a small Catholic college in New York City. First Alison's old Volvo is stolen from the college parking lot. Then two NYPD homicide detectives show up to grill her. Her car has been found with the body of one of her students inside.
Alison is supported by her old school friend Max, yet still keeps getting into hot water. One of the detectives, Bobby Crawford, thinks she is an innocent victim, and tries to give her s
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Fredrick Danysh
Peter Decker has been retired from LAPD for six months and is working for a small town police department in New York. Two Tiffany icons have been stolen from a cemetery and he is partnered with an young, obnoxious, rich kid. Soon the prime suspects are found brutally murdered and other art thefts are discovered. A delightful police who-done-it with a Russian connection. The only drawback was that Kellerman liberally laced the story with multi-sylabol words that 95% percent of her readers will ha ...more
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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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“You're an asshole, you know that?' I asked him. It figured he would pick today to be funny and personable, but I wasn't in the mood.

He smiled. 'I know. I work really hard at it.”
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