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In her seventh outing (after Physical Education), English professor Alison Bergeron grapples with family disorder when her husband Bobby's former brother-in-law is murdered and a whole lot of cash is left behind. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Barbieri's diverting seventh mystery featuring English professor Alison Bergeron (after 2011's Physical Education) finds Alison juggling her teaching duties at St. Thomas University in the Bronx with far more dangerous pursuits. Second marriages for both Alison and her new husband, NYPD homicide cop Bobby Crawford, create a spate of complex and delicate family relationships. Alison's 19-year-old twin stepdaughters bring resentment and some wild romantic entanglements, while Bobby is a little too friendly with ex-wife Christine. But when Christine's brother, Chick, is found dead in his sleazy apartment with $250,000 tucked into his mattress, events spin out of control. Alison, sarcastic and brash, wins no friends in pursuing the source of the money, as well as losing the trust of her best friend and the seriously annoying Bobby. Quirky characters complement a plot that offers a number of entertaining if sometimes illogical surprises. An irresistible hook at the conclusion will draw readers to the next installment. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Nothing good comes from being involved with a spouse's ex-inlaws, college professor and amateur sleuth Alison Bergeron discovers. The birthday party she hosts for husband NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford's twin 19-year-old daughters turns bizarre when the girls' long-lost uncle, Chick Stepkowski, presents an unseemly monetary gift. When Crawford returns it, he finds Chick dying, an apparent suicide, in a decrepit apartment with $250,000 in cash in his mattress. Convinced that her brother's death is murder, Crawford's ex, Christine, turns to Alison, who's neglecting her best friend, Max, and suspecting a stepdaughter of cheating on an exam. Meanwhile Alison's beloved dog is poisoned, followed by home and car break-ins, and the only bright spot in Alison's life seems to be her new creative-writing student, a stylish woman who offers pastries and sympathy. Crawford and Max repeatedly urge Alison to give up sleuthing but to no avail. Barbieri continues her characters' development in the sixth of her series of entertaining chick-lit cozies.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist