"The Edith Wharton Murders" By Lev Raphael: Review/Giveaway

by Doward Wilson

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and a link to purchase it.

Meet Professor Nick Hoffman of the English Department of the Michiganapolis campus of the State University of Michigan. Anxious to get tenure he gets saddled with the thankless task of coordinating a conference on Edith Wharton that will demonstrate how his department and the university as a whole supports women's issues. SUM has been criticized for being the State University of Men, and this conference is supposed to dispel that. But Nick has to invite and contend with two warring factions from two sharply differing societies.

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The conference is going along fairly smoothly when the two factions suddenly are confronted with a murder among their ranks. Who is this murdered woman, and where does she fit into the conference? As Nick and the police investigate the murder, another death occurs only this one is supposedly a suicide in remorse for the first murder. But is it really a suicide or has the murderer struck again? Is the murderer from one of two factions of the Edith Wharton Societies, the outspoken fanatical preacher and her wishy washy husband who sit on the Universities Board, or is it someone else? Can Nick find the murderer before he loses his job?

This was a well-written murder story with lots of academic background descriptions of all the petty infighting and strife that goes on behind the scenes. The murder plot was well done with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the explosive ending. The characters were well written and complex. This highly readable murder mystery will keep you turning the pages. It was originally published in 1998. This new edition contains a 2020 forward by Gregory Ashe and a new introduction by the author.

You can find an article about the publisher ReQueered Tales up in KRL this weekend.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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