Analysis Critique Overview Below There have been no submitted criqiques, be the first to add one below. Please review the types of cookies we use below. This site also provides many book links to some major bookstores for book details and book coupons. To buy this book at the lowest price,. And there are two recent ones I haven't read yet, because I didn't know she'd continued writing them. If you've ever spent so much as a semester at a private college, the characters will remind you of people you know.
Each fine phrase makes the book stand out. Later Randy's office is found ransacked. But to do that, she must first discover the truth behind Randy's final Dickinsonian discovery—a literary bombshell that may well have been to die for. I would pick up another Karen Pelletier book because the heroine is so likable. Buy Used Books and Used Textbooks It's becoming more and more popular to buy used books and used textbooks among college students for saving.
Joanne Dobson's Quieter Than Sleep is just the wonderful beginning of an outstanding series starring Professor Karen Pelletier. The professors are as quirky as in real life and Piotrowski is very human. This is the first in a series of books featuring Doctor Karen Pelletier, an English Literature professor specializing in 18th century writers, in particular Emily Dickinson, at a fictional New England university called Enfield. That part was a tad too predictable as well. It's a shame how few mystery writers manage to hit all three targets, but Dobson shows herself to be a master that she keeps this up through the next two books is nothing short of amazing.
She finds herself attracted to all the wrong men, and attracts attention from men she would rather avoid. But suspicion is distributed more generously than are clues to the hard-to-believe killer. Doctor Pelletier found herself pregnant as a teen in high school, and dropped out of her plans to go to Smith to marry her truck driver lover. This is the first book in what was, for me, a most satisfying series. The last peson to see Randy alive -- and the first to find him dead -- Karen knows she must solove the case before she becomes the prime suspect. I kept hoping and keep hoping that none of this about Emily Dickinson is true, since I love her poetry. Get up to 90% off list price! The main character is a single mom who is a professor of literature at the college and has connections with the initial murder, a second murder and a student who attempts suicide.
Different second hand books from different sellers may have different conditions. This mystery revolves around the work of Emily Dickinson, which indirectly caused the strangulation of the hotshot professor in the English department. The ones I've read before usually start with a manuscript mystery that leads to murders, but this flipped that order. Langton's books, there's not much mystery in Quieter than Sleep. She loves her job, but doesn't take it or the place for granted and isn't sure she totally fits in. This information helps us design a better experience for all users. It was a pretty easy read and held my attention pretty well.
I liked the mystery and the character development, but I do have to say that I found the main character a little annoying at times maybe a little too whiny. An historical novel set in an India in violent rebellion 1857 and an America on the verge of Civil War 1860. Piotrowski urges Karen to try to track down clues. Very realistic and chilling subplots just add spice to the mix. English professor and Emily Dickinson expert Karen Pelletier is as unlikely a sleuth as you'll ever find, and you'd think that an elite college like Enfield would be as safe, cozy, and insulated as its reputation.
What I loved most of all was the language. It was a pretty easy read and held my attention pretty well. An academic mystery starring the new breed of professor who loves traditional English Lit her subject , but otherwise is thoroughly modern. Why anyone would want to kill Bonnie is a mystery, but plenty have reason to strangle Astin-Berger. It might be a better book than I'm feeling it is, but I just couldn't find the main character appealing or interesting. The reality of academic hysteria is perfectly captured; the crime and detection are carefully plotted; and Dobson fully fleshes out Karen, her daughter Amanda, and all the rest of her female characters so that they live with the reader long after the book is finished. Karen Pelletier herself has an interesting back story: a working class girl from the Northeast who escaped her abusive father and, after a disastrous early marriage, went back and worked her way through college and grad school, as a single mother.
This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. Randy Astin-Berger suffers a non accidental death. But Enfield is shaken to its Puritan roots when star English professor Randy Astin-Berger tumbles out of a closet into Karen's arms at a faculty cocktail party, strangled to death with his own flashy necktie. Joanne taught for many years at Fordham University, Amherst College, and Tufts University. There's a real sense of who these people are and an understanding of why they act as they do.
She has the unpleasant experience of finding the body, not to mention being considered a suspect. She has an interesting back story, having been brought up in the working class, married straight out of high school, and only come to academia later in life. Absolutely the best mystery in an academic setting that I have ever read. There are many people who might have wanted to kill him. I consider this to be an exceptionally well-written first mystery. Professor Karen Pelletier's prime literary passion is poet Emily Dickinson--a passion she shares with her hotshot colleague Randy Astin-Berger.
He, Randy, had told Karen that the department was filled with retrograde intellects and that he could further her career. But to do that, she must first discover the truth behind Randy's final Dickinsonian discovery--a literary bombshell that may well have been to die for. She sets scenes beautifully and allows her characters carry on internal dialogs with well-chosen words. But she quickly learns that New England is not the peaceful enclave she had imagined--and that not even the privileged world of academia is immune to murder. Ordinarily I'd rather read English cozies, set in England and bloodless.