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Phi Beta Murder

(Rex Graves Mystery #3)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Book 3 in the Acclaimed Red Graves Mystery Series

Scottish barrister Rex Graves will never understand why the devil his son Campbell chose to go to college in Florida rather than attending university in bonny Scotland. During Rex's visit across the pond, tragedy strikes when a student is found hanging from a rope in his locked dorm room. Did the poor lad commit suicide, or
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 8th 2010 by Midnight Ink
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Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
C S Challinor's sojourns in Scotland and England and residency in Florida, her academic background, ear for language and love of the classic age of whodunits all contribute greatly to the authority of this novel. She writes sympathetically about individuals from one culture adapting to another, about the struggles and stresses of students coping away from home and the bemusement of their elders trying to get to grips with modern mores. And, for the mystery aficionado, she sprinkles the text with ...more
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Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the book, though I did find there were a few too many characters that led to some confusion. With the killer, I felt the author ran a play out of the playbook of the "Castle" writers where the least visible person was the culprit, and I didn't feel that played very fairly with the reader.

Also, not really sure I could fully buy into Rex and the way he was portrayed. There was one instance toward the end of the book that really bugged me where Rex was admiring the rear-ends of
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Characters seemed static for the rich backgrounds to explore. Some were just plain annoying! The premise that a Scottish attorney could question people so easily just didn't seem plausible. It wasn't a bad read, and it was a mystery with an academic setting, so I finished it.
Jill Hutchinson
This is the second book in the Rex Graves series I have read. Graves is a QC in Edinburgh and solves crimes as a sideline. His son, Campbell, is a college student in the US and Graves pays him a visit when a suicide occurs.....or is it? One of the male students is found locked in his dorm room and it appears that he has hanged himself. The deceased parents ask Graves to look into the situation as the boy was not a suicidal type and this leads to a controversial student web site, drugs, and even ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book 3 in this series of stories was not a let down at all. The author is doing a great job at creating new scenes and destinations for Rex, the main character, in each story & he keeps the characters involved in the story pretty fresh as well; or as fresh as is possible when writing a story.

At first I wasn't sure if this story would be to my liking; I mean it takes place on a college campus and those can be a bit boring but the author did a wonderful job of creating likeable and of course
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rex Graves is visiting his son in sunny Florida. When another student in his dorm is found hanging Rex senses that something isn't right, it doesn't "feel" like suicide to him.

Meantime, Moira is back and has followed him to Florida to try and get back together with Rex. Rex is equally determined to break things off permanently and keep his relationship with Helen on track.

Rex has to work his way through American rules, laws and quirks to try and solve the mystery of who killed Dixon, and why.

Nick Duretta
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Challinor writes almost textbook examples of "cosy" mysteries, which is not damning with faint praise. He has a good protagonist in Scottish barrister Rex Graves, who (this time) gets enmeshed in a mystery at a Florida college where his son is studying. I had to overlook the rather absurd way he starts investigating the crime as if he were deputized by the police; all the suspects cooperate with him, no questions asked. Still, it's solidly written, and while the puzzle is a bit too intricate it ...more
Kalendra Dee
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
While visiting his son on a Florida campus, Scottish Barrister Rex Graves finds a young man hanging from a noose in one of the dorm rooms. The police think it is suicide, but Rex feels that the campus administration is hiding a secret about the death. To complicate matters, Rex’s ex-girlfriend, Moira, shows up and vows to win him back. Trying to placate Moira, field phone calls from his current girlfriend, and protect his son from harm, Rex finds sordid secrets and sinister events unfolding at t ...more
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-florida
Scottish barrister Rex Graves is visiting his son, who attends college in Florida. His first evening there, Rex discovers a suicide in the room beneath Campbell's. As though that weren't enough of a shock, his ex-girlfriend shows up and wants to make up with him, although he's moved on. He agrees to find out what drove a quiet resident advisor to suicide, but his investigation turns up more than he'd expected.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rex goes to Jacksonville, Fla. to visit his son at college and gets involved in investigating an apparent suicide of a student in the dorm. This is a pretty good series.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Wish that there had been a little more attention to detail re names of frats and antidepressants, but it was still a fun quick read and a good mystery.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first two, too many characters and didn't introduce one character until the very end of the book.
John Bradford
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
It's an okay read.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Deinitely a series to pursue but a little light. Enjoyable afternoon read.
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C.S. Challinor was raised and educated in Scotland (St. George's School for Girls, Edinburgh) and England (Lewes Priory, Sussex; University of Kent, Canterbury: Joint Hons Latin & French). She also holds a diploma in Russian from the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. She now lives in Southwest Florida. Challinor is a member of the Authors Guild, New York, and writes the critically acclaimed Rex Gra ...more

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