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The Perfect Coed

(Oak Grove Mysteries #1)

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Susan Hogan is smart, pretty—and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world. And she is prickly and impatient with some of her academic colleagues and the petty jealousies in the English department at Oak Grove University. When a coed’s body is found in her car and she is ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Alter Ego Publishing
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Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Judy Alter's two earlier series of cozy mysteries have been well-received, and now she brings a new set of fascinating characters to her readers in The Perfect Coed. Dr. Susan Hogan, a college English professor close to tenure review in Oak Grove, Texas, has noticed an unpleasant odor emanating from her car in the past few days. Knowing her car is woefully overdue for cleaning and that there could be a five-day old Thai food takeout transforming into a scientific study somewhere in there, she ...more
Diane Schultz
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
"Susan Hogan drove around Oak Grove, Texas, for two days before she realized there was a dead body in the trunk of her car. And it was another three days before she knew someone was trying to kill her.”

Judy Alter’s debut novel The Perfect Coed starts out with a really good hook as it introduces us to a nearly 30-year-old teacher of women’s studies who is trying to bring her students into the 21stcentury. Ironically, she falls into the same brainwashing claptrap she’s trying to save her students
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Susie Kline
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
When a coed is murdered on the Oak Grove University campus, of course all fingers point at Professor Susan Hogan. After all, the body was found in the trunk of her car. It doesn’t matter that she’s dating the head of campus security or that she’s being considered for tenure (even though her department head hopes she’ll be convicted!), the city police have her in their cross-hairs and are closing in fast.

But when someone starts trying to kill Susan, the case starts looking a little more
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Gigi
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Judy Alter's The Perfect Coed is a great mystery for fans of Amanda Cross who are looking for something new. Set in the world of academia, Alter tells an entertaining story about what goes on beneath the surface in the lives of professors and students at a seemingly-idyllic college town.
Mary Jo Doig
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Judy Alter's two earlier series of cozy mysteries have been well-received, and now she brings a new set of fascinating characters to her readers in The Perfect Coed. Dr. Susan Hogan, a college English professor close to tenure review in Oak Grove, Texas, has noticed an unpleasant odor emanating from her car in the past few days. Knowing her car is woefully overdue for cleaning and that there could be a five-day old Thai food takeout transforming into a scientific study somewhere in there, she ...more
Leslie
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cops
This is a fairly straight forward who done it set in a college town. Professor Susan Hogan thought her biggest problem was getting tenure at her Texas college. Then the body of a missing coed is found in her trunk. We are asked to suspend our disbelief that a person could drive around with a dead body in their car in Texas and be unaware ... or think it was thai food. and further that you would find your car damaged and not report it. But okay lets say you do that. Now you have to deal with a ...more
Tina Jacques
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book quite seriously. The characters seemed realistic and stayed in character most of the time. It was pure enjoyment and no need to dig into the book for meaning, or conclusions.
Christa Nardi
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Susan is the prime suspect when the body of the "perfect coed" is found in her trunk and this isn't the first time she's a "person of interest." If that's not bad enough, she's the target of several attempts and taunts, some of which imply she is a corruptive force talking feminism to college girls. Susan is scared and her boyfriend, who is also the college security chief, Jake is scared for her - her fear and her need to be independent cause conflict for both of them. Needless to say, being ...more
Sandra Obermeier
Perfect Co-ed

This was a very well written book that did not have hokey love at first site scenes in it. It kept my interest all the way thru and definitely had some unexpected turns I was not expectiing. Like to read a good suspense thriller that keeps me guessing until the end.
Elaine Garvin
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Academia in the dark

Delightful mystery set in a small college town. Just enough romance to keep the reader turning the pages. I loved that the author wove several mysteries and two romances into one riveting book. She has a great insight into academic life as well as the relationships if her characters.
Cindy
I'm surprised this has such good reviews on here. I didn't absolutely hate it, but I found it so dated that it was hard to believe it was written 2 years ago. Susan is a college professor and somehow the admins still care about her dating a cop? And her aunt is still shocked that her 30+ niece has the cop sleep over? Pretty unbelievable.
Patricia Gligor
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
English professor Susan Hogan can't catch a break. When a coed's body is discovered in the trunk of her car, the police consider Susan a suspect in the murder. As she attempts to solve the crime in order to clear her name, Susan puts her own life in serious jeopardy.
I highly recommend "The Perfect Coed" by Judy Alter.
Glenda
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not my favorite series by this author
Janet
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
better than I thought it would be; disappointed that there isn't a second book. Loved the academic department politics. There's an Ernie Westin in every department.
Frank
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping story

Incredible, believable story. Very well developed characters and story line. I was hooked from the first sentence. Highly recommended reading!
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A novelist and author of books for both adults and young readers, Judy Alter is the author of seventitles in the Kelly O'Connell Mysteries, three in the Blue Plate Café Mysteries, and two Oak Grove Mysteries. Her mysteries are all set in Texas. She has also written frequently about women and girls of the American West, and many of those books are available as ebooks. Her Web page is ...more