"One Coffee With" by Margaret Maron - A Review

I was never a huge fan of the mystery genre as an adult. As an elementary student, I reveled in the adventures of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, as well as dabbling in the mystery section of the American Girl books. But as I grew into adulthood, mystery, particularly murder mystery, just did not seem to catch my eye. That is, until I discovered the mystery book club at my local library. This is the book we read for this month's meeting, and I must say, I was hanging on every word.

In the chaos of a less-than-upstanding art department in a small college, something dreadful has occurred. Riley Quinn, historian, professor, and egotistical art critic, has died suddenly. No doubt about it, poisoned. The question becomes who could have done it? There is Quinn's exceptionally attractive secretary, who, of course, was always in charge of bringing up coffee for him and the rest of the professors on the floor. Or perhaps it was the janitor, Mike Szabo, who had a quarrel with Quinn about a collection that the young foreigner believed was rightfully his. Maybe it was Andrea Ross, one of the few female faculty members in the department, carrying a chip on her shoulder about being passed over for a promotion. The list goes on and on.

Margaret Maron weaves a masterpiece in this complex, yet delightfully tangled mess of a mystery. We follow Sigrid Harald as she chases the threads of a well worked tapestry in search of a killer who may have committed the perfect crime. What will be his or her undoing? What could possibly be the key to finding who poisoned Riley Quinn? The author keeps you guessing with each quivering turn of the page.


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