Quick Study by Maggie Barbieri is the third book in the “A Murder 101” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, December 2008

ollege English professor Alison Bergeron thought that dating a cute NYPD detective like Bobby Crawford would be exciting and involve a lot of riding around in cruisers and putting away sleazy crooks, but he has yet to invite her on any stakeouts. . . .

Then when a friend asks her to help him find his nephew, she goes to Bobby for advice only to find out that he already knows about the case. He pulled the boy out of the Hudson River a few days earlier. The boy’s employer calls it an accident, but Alison and Bobby aren’t convinced.

With matchmaking and sleuthing to spare, staying out of trouble isn’t on the syllabus when Alison and Bobby team up in Quick Study, Maggie Barbieri’s most outrageous outing yet.

Features Dr. Alison Bergeron, a college professor, her boyfriend, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford and her best friend Max.  In this caper which involves shoddy construction and illegal immigrants, Alison becomes embroiled when one of the guys painting her home is missing and then is discovered dead.  Crawford tells her to stay out of it, but Alison being an amateur sleuth seeks the answers when she thinks the cops won’t do too much since the victim is an illegal immigrant.  Along the way, Alison meets Crawford’s two daughters and has to deal with Max’s marital woes.  I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series.

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