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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (6 Sept. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1848764200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848764200
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penny Freedman studied Classics at Oxford before teaching English and Drama in schools and universities. She has a PhD in Shakespeare Studies and lives with her husband in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she lectures on Shakespeare and indulges her passion for the theatre. She has two grown-up daughters.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Rokison on 7 Oct. 2010
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This is an excellent "who dunnit" with a difference.It is not just about solving a mystery, but is equally concerned with depicting interesting and well rounded characters in a very real setting. It takes place in a university town with the main character being a lecturer in English for foreign students, who inadvertently solves the mystery.She is an engaging and thoughtful character with a chaotic home life and it is she that draws the reader into the plot in a most compelling way. The book is laced with plenty of literary references,and is written with style and humour.The descriptions of the English classes that she runs are beautifully described and interesting.The plot is fast moving and keeps you guessing right to the end.
This is in the same genre as Susan Hill. If you enjoy her you will enjoy this. A very good, compelling light read. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K Wallis on 12 Oct. 2010
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This is a great read: I could not put it down till I got to the end. As well as a compelling plot, the strength of the book lies in the characters. Gina Grey has to cope with her family, problems with management at work and trying to solve the mystery at the same time. Her care for her students and joy of teaching is evident. The detective, David Scott is a real workaholic who does not know what to do with himself when not working. The sense of frustration as the case is not making progress is well described. I certainly hope Gina Grey runs into some more mysteries in the future!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tessa on 15 Nov. 2010
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Brilliant! Stayed up until all hours to finish it. Resented moments spent away from it. Intelligent, erudite, compelling, mysterious and set in totally believable surroundings.
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I have to say a lot of my enjoyment of the novel stems from the recognition factor -- several groups of foreign language learners have included good victim material, in my experience! The way the classes contribute clues and deceptions is really ingenious, and the range of students is a nostalgic reminder of days when there were several interacting nationalities in academic language classes, rather than today's eighty per cent Chinese (nice though they usually are!) The main character is a woman tutor in a small provincial university college, who becomes involved in helping to solve a murder in a locked library -- plus some hints of romance with the impatient young detective inspector. I didn't however think any college principal, even an obsessive principal of a small struggling university college, would imagine one of his teachers could make the police stop investigating, much less threaten her with the sack if she didn't, but aside from that, the plot was a real page-turner. The characters were nicely rounded; the initially stock relationships of single mother, impatient ex-husband, stroppy teenager, lonely cop expanded and showed unexpected depth. Rather an improbable solution, but hey, a great read.
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