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Murder at Cold Creek College

(Cold Creek #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist, not a sleuth. When her colleague at Cold Creek College, Adam Millberg, is murdered, she is charged with helping the Detective assigned to the case. Immediately, her good friend becomes the prime suspect and Sheridan is motivated to help solve the case and prove Kim isn’t guilty. It also becomes apparent that Sheridan is att ...more
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Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2020, series
This wasn't bad but it took me quite a bit to get through it. I admit to choosing this during a very busy week and that may have affected my feelings here. I felt like this was a bit slower than it needed to be and there was far more telling than showing. So much, in fact, that the characters mostly came off as flat and indistinguishable. It felt the only character the author was interested in giving any real characterization to was Brett, the detective, love interest to the main character, Sher ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
This was a really enjoyable mystery. It took me a good few pages to get into the first person style and the highly descriptive nature of the story, yet once in I was drawn along with Sheridan Hendley as she rationalised her way through the clues after her colleague, Adam Millberg, is murdered on campus. It’s certainly true that she isn’t conducting the official investigative job that the handsome Detective Brett McMann is doing, but it seems that way as she uses her knowledge of psychology and b ...more
Michael Lynes
"Murder at Cold Creek College" by Christa Nardi is a solidly written genre murder-mystery, enigmatically set upon the premises of a small town college in northern Virginia. The author presents a detailed and in depth portrayal of the organization, politics and infighting present in this type of academic setting, told with the kind of realism that most likely stems from a font of personal experience.
Our story opens, as is quite typical with tales in this style, with a murder. Dr. Sheridan Hendley
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-by-author
I should start with saying that I normally don't read murder mystery types of books. I always seem to steer away from them, and head for fantasy or romance. But this one certainly spoke to me. And thanks to the author I got a copy to review.

First of all I’m totally convinced that I should read more murder mysteries. This book is amazing. You know when they say I just couldn’t put it away. Well this was the case with this book. I read it all through the night and at a certain moment I thought I r
Paula Howard
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi was a throughly delightful books. The protagonist is Sheridan Hendley, a member of the Psychology staff at Cold Creek College. The murder of a professor on campus brings much activity and unwlecomed limelight to the College. Brett McMann, a detective wit the State Police, is called in to assist the local police.
He and Sher begin to have an attraction that develops from almost the beginning. Sher uses her Psychology degree to try and figure out the c
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Review was originally posted @ Readers' Muse

When the writer contacted us for the review, we sort of jumped into it right away. Murder of a Womanizer, Psychologist in the play. Bring it on! Given my dear co-blogger's pile of “To-Read” books is overflowing, I dived to reading it.
Psychology professor Dr.Adam Millberg is found murdered in Cold Creek college's rec center. The usual suspects : Girlfriend (Plenty there), Ex-Wives ( again plenty : 4), colleagues and the students. The story follows
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gee, it is getting dangerous getting an education these days, not just ridiculously expensive. Nice elitish private college near Appomattox. Did I spell that right? Our protagonist is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, and the Psychology department is filled with the usual collection of rara avis that I recall from my days in the halls of academe. Yeah, same sh*t, different century. But I digress.

A lot of commotion in the parking lot of the recreation center, and it turns out that one of the
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor and psychologist , Sheridan Hendley, works at Cold Creek College and is busy preparing for the new semester. She is surprised when she arrives at the school and finds much activity going on at the school’s rec center. She quickly learns one of her colleagues, Adam Millberg, has been murdered and her closest friend is being accused of the crime. Sheridan is determined to prove her innocence.

When the handsome detective on the case, Brett McMann, enlists her assistance in learning about t
Diane Weiner
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast read with a happy ending

Being a teacher, I especially enjoyed this book. I feel like the author really captured the atmosphere of a small college by adding details like the professors comparing the number of students each had, stopping for coffee on the way to class, how Sheridan, the main character prepared for the first day, and the inclusion of a character we've all worked with- Max, whose own research and career plans were of course the most important thing! I loved the fact that Sherid
Andra Weis
I received a copy of Murder at Cold Creek College from the author, Christa Nardi. This story is a murder mystery and following the first couple of chapter’s I became thoroughly engrossed in the mystery, not wanting to put it down. Besides keeping my interest in the lives of Sheridan, Brett, the tangled life of the newly departed Adam, I was stumped as to “who done it” until virtually the end.

Good writing and good storytelling, all in all….an enjoyable read. Thank you Christa for writing such an
Maggie Thom
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery that will pull you into trying to figure out who's guilty. Sheridan the Psych prof at the university where the murder occurred, finds herself pulled into trying to solve the murder, some because of the cute detective who is assigned the case and partly because of the clues. Friends and coworkers have lives that surprise her and compel her to want to prove that her closest friends have to be innocent. I thought Sheridan was a well crafted character as she reminded me of a prof I ha ...more
Tamye Whitener
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Recommended to Tamye by: the author
I didn't figure out who did this until the end. The author gives you a few hints but keeps you honestly guessing. Which made for an enjoyable read. It was well play out and plotted. I believe this book would benefit by a final edit, as there were places that words were repeated and it one instance where a name was missing and I wasn't able to figure out on my own who was the missing character.

I was given this book by the author for a honest review.
Candace Salem
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy mysteries, especially when the protagonist is a woman who has a healthy dose of curiosity and a brain. Sheridan fits the bill on both points. When she's not trying to solve the crime, you get a fun glimpse into the dilemmas in her dating life. I definitely enjoyed the book, and look forward to reading more from this author. ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.

This was a gripping read from start to finish!!!
I really enjoyed reading this t had me completely gripped.
The constant twists and turns were excellent.
this book was extremely well written and I can't wait to read more by this author!
Samantha Jacobey
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit dry in the beginning, but as the plot progressed, I became more interested in knowing what was going on with the mystery and the characters. It is definitely a good story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little mystery.
Chrissy Dyer
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery that keeps you guessing! Gotta love it!
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Sheridan Hendley has been an assistant professor of psychology at Cold Creek College in Virginia for four years. She's comfortable there. Divorced, living in a three-bedroom home with her dog, Charlie, she dates occasionally, nothing serious. When one of her colleagues is killed in the rec center, her boss gives her the job of escorting/assisting State Police Detective Brett McMann as she introduces him to the other department members. The book is engaging and hard to put down. Unfortunately ...more
Prompt - A book set on a college or university campus

Cute and engaging enough for me to want to check out the rest of the series.
Brian O'Hare
A Brilliantly Captured Segment of an Individual's Life

Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi is marketed as a murder mystery and, indeed, there is more than enough in the way of murder and sleuthing to justify this classification. But there is something more than that here. Nardi has taken a slice of a college professor’s life and thrown a murder into it. There are police detectives pursuing suspects and working on evidence but Professor Sheridan Hendley is privy to little of this. And as
Jason Zandri
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder mystery at a small private college

FOUR STARS * * * *

Psychology Professor Sheridan Hendley is the main character in this murder mystery. The story begins with the murder of Dr. Adam Millberg, a member of the psychology department, just before the semester starts. There is the possibility that one of her friends might be arrested as a suspect and that motivates some of Sheridan’s actions, with the whole psychology departme
As, if the bio says below, The author's name is a pen name for a real-life professor and psychologist, the time spent working in her profession was excellent preparation for writing "Murder at Cold Creek College".

Let's just get this bit out right up front: It is never a good sign when you show up for work in the morning and see emergency vehicles at a nearby building. Agreed?

Aside from the fact that the murder victim (who did his fair share of victimizing) was also in the psychology department,
Laura Agnella
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cozy was a good one. Sometimes I find that the cozies I read are lacking in one area or another. I enjoy them, but they are also easy to put down and pick up later. Not this one. The biggest draw for me was that it was totally engaging from beginning to end. Truly interesting to read, I found myself creating theories about characters right from the start. Each character was unique in personality and several could have committed the crime. I was happy to find that I couldn't predict who the ...more
Anna Burke
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Cold Creek College focuses on professors and administrators with more than education on their minds! This book captures the day-to-day life of a psychology professor, Dr. Sheridan Hendley, at a small teaching college. There's surprisingly little moaning and groaning about the dreaded pursuit of tenure, but the book does a good job of describing the foibles of colleagues, the daily hassles of trying to stay a week or so ahead of students, and dealing with ever-changing rules and regulat ...more
Diane Rapp
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An academic mystery worthy of Miss Marple

Set on the campus of a small Virginia college, this mystery seems like a classic cozy in the beginning. Dr. Sheridan Hendley is divorced, lonely, and wrapped up in teaching psychology courses until one of her colleagues is found murdered. Her natural curiosity is bolstered when Sheridan must introduce the handsome state investigator to everyone working in her department. When she gets too interested in the murder, Sheridan becomes a target of the killer.

Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I kept having to put back up and down for different reasons today and was able to get right back into the story. I did not like the murdered man Adam and just felt disgusted with him and a few other characters. I just felt mostly negative feelings towards the characters.

I was impressed with all the details or getting ready for school and subject for teaching. It came across like a lot of extra time put in the book. It made the Character of Sheridan Hendley come alive for me. The charac
Stacey Kennedy
1.5 stars. It could just be a personal preference thing but there was not one thing about this book that I liked. From the writing style- dialogue seemed forced and the narrative was filled with boring description of meals and bedtime rituals that did nothing to advance the story. I mean, how could a story about a murder be boring? It was for me. The characters were also just 'blah'. The main character, Sheridan, was fine. Nothing exciting there. Jumps in to figure out who the murderer was becau ...more
I thought from the great reviews that this might be a new book I could sink my teeth into. I'm afraid not. I just really couldn't get into this book, no matter how far along I got with it. It just seemed so mundane and I couldn't wait till I finished it. I got tired of reading about the everyday life of Professor Hendley. It is definitely a cozy as there is nary a naughty word through the book. If you want a book that can be picked up, put down and picked up again, this is the book for you. It s ...more
Marie Tovaas
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You never know, do you?

Well plotted with side lines both delightful and surprising. The main character is a former clinical psychologist and current associate professor of psychology at a small four year college so the interactions are top notch and for once the main character doesn't do anything dumb! You won't be sorry you picked up this title, the problem will be putting it down again!
Kassandra Lamb
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a new series!

I very much enjoyed this book! Sheridan is a very likeable character, and I’d like to see more of her dog, Charlie. As a retired college professor myself, I particularly enjoyed the glimpses into academic life. The culprit was a complete surprise, but also quite plausible.

A suspenseful story with a touch of romance. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Joy York
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the mystery very much. The characters are smart and believable. The plot moves along at a good pace. It is also a great look into the life of a college professor. There is a little romance that is natural and unforced as many seem to be. I recommend!
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From childhood, as a fan of Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Perry Mason, and the Hardy Boys, it was inevitable that Christa Nardi would continue her love of books and particularly mysteries. With a career in technical/nonfiction writing (under real name), it is not surprising that her love of mystery transformed into not only reading but writing mysteries. Christa combines her love for reading and writing ...more

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