Final Exam by Maggie Barbieri is the fourth book in the “Murder 101” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, December 2009

St. Thomas, the small college north of New York City where Professor Alison Bergeron teaches, has had its share of scandals involving both its students and its staff, not to mention Alison herself, so when a resident director goes missing the administration wants to keep a lid on it. With only five weeks left in the semester and no time to interview replacements, Alison is tapped for the job. An alumna of the college, Alison knows all about living in the dorms. Even a short stay is like doing hard time, and she will do anything to avoid reliving her college days any more than she has to.

Her only way out: Track down the reluctant RD and drag him back kicking and screaming if need be. Luckily, she doesn’t have to look further than the drugs he had hidden in his bathroom to get her boyfriend, Detective Bobby Crawford, on the case.

With plenty of sneaking around both on campus and off, Alison and Bobby link up once again in Final Exam, the wildest adventure yet from this outstanding mystery talent.

A missing resident director. Alison has to stay in the dorm. Max has left her newlywed husband. Kevin has displeased the higher power. Crawford looks out for Alison. What do they all have in common? Joining Alison in her next adventures in finding the missing RD so that she can go back to her home and coming across some nasty business that entangles some of her college students. I love this series and it keeps getting better and better. This is the best book in the series thus far and I can’t wait to see what new adventures Alison gets into next time. My rating: 4.5 stars

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