Readers meet Mary Beth Goldberg, both English professor and detective, at lunch with Austin Westlake, her friend. She leaves him to go to her 1:30 class, with plans made for him to order a pizza and her to bring the wine to meet at 6 pm to talk privately about a matter that worried Austin. When she arrives that night, Austin looks asleep at his desk “with sleeves pushed up in an affected casualness that allowed Mary Beth to see a tattoo she hadn’t noticed before.” As she walked closer, the reality that “Austin wasn’t going to wake up – ever” hit her.
Readers will relate to Mary Beth, drawn into her conflicts, of her profession and of her personal relationships, trumped by her involvement in searching for the murderer of her friend.
This reviewer found this an interesting mystery to follow that led to resolutions of both the murder and her personal relationships. Without lapsing into a spoiler of this mystery, suffice to say this reviewer was very satisfied with the conclusion to the murder mystery
my w.i.p. (work in progress) right now is a paper with a co-author in russia, larissa sokolova. she wanted to know about the influence of russian writers on my work. i'll talk more about this later, but will repeat what i have said in this blog before. chekov's advice is that after you have written your essay, go back over it and cut out adverbs and adjectives. i add, remember that the adverb is the enemy of the noun. your writing will be stronger (not 'much' stronger, not --horrors- 'very much' stronger ), but plain stronger if you eliminate those extra words.