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All is not well at Cambridge University's St. Ethelreda's College. The head of the English Department is dead, and Professor Cassandra James is appointed the task of running the department. Faced with the choice of whipping her underperforming colleagues into shape or losing the much-needed funding for the program, Cassandra resigns herself to the challenge. However, when ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books
(first published January 1st 2003)
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is based in in England, the main character is a 19th century lit professor, and the characters are brought together by a poduction of a victorian melodrama that ends up mirroring real life. It is a very unusual mystery!
Although the story takes in Cambridge the author makes little use of the setting. For the most part I found the book quite irritating, especially the constantly screaming babies. The author creates suspense by putting children and young mothers at risk instead of developing an intelligent plot line.
Christine Poulson was born and brought up in North Yorkshire, England. She is now a research fellow at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Sheffield University and chair of the William Morris Society. She has written widely on 19th-century art and literature, and her most recent work of non-fiction was a book on Arthurian legend in British art from 1840 to 1920. She lives with her family ...more
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