Rarely do new mystery series begin with a heroine as interesting and as well portrayed as Professor Karen Pelletier is in Quieter than Sleep. I was pleased to learn two new words from this book, something I cannot ever remember happening with a mystery novel before. Sponsored Links 45 There's something quieter than sleep Within this inner room! I love a lot of cozies, but Dobson's writing doesn't miss a beat. But she quickly learns that New England is not the peaceful enclave she had imagined--and that not even the privileged world of academia is immune to murder. Divorced and destitute at twenty-one.
The description of the clothing really brought that to mind. This is the first in a series of books featuring Doctor Karen Pelletier, an English Literature professor specializing in 18th century writers, in particular Emily Dickinson, at a fictional New England university called Enfield. For one thing, it's not formulaic, and Professor Pelletier doesn't decide she can out think the police and attempt to solve the mystery herself. Marry that with an academic setting, faculty in-fighting, New England staidness, and Emily Dickinson and you end up with a most excellent book. Dickinson is a mere plot device for a not terribly well conceived murder mystery, and the murder is mere background for the central character Karen Pelletier's apparent obsession with whether every man she meets has the hots for her, or she for them. Bonnie Weimer, a student whose whining is stilled by similar means soon after, proves that academic life itself is dangerous, since the more you talk the more likely you are to get killed.
Also, I've never been able to suspend disbelief enough to accept that anyone from any walk in life can so successfully become an amateur detective and solve a mystery so easily. They must be more dangerous than skydiving. For a truly great read about literary research and the folk who are obsessed with same, you can't do better than A. All you need to do is to search and find them. By the way, all the right people get bumped off. As I finished the book, I wondered about how many times academic curiosities are being explored more for the ego of the experience than for finding the truth of the circumstances.
Dobson creates several interesting and believable characters, starting with her narrator. Narrated by Doctor Karen Pelletier, a single mother from a blue-collar family, now assistant professior of 19th century literature, this novel has a satisfyingly complex plot, interesting characters, and some pocket facts about both Emily Diokinson and the 19th century theologian Henry Ward Beecher of course mixed in with a little fiction. Pelletier is sitting at a meal enumerating the problems, dilemmas, and generally evil events that have come her way in the preceding day or so. Meanwhile, Karen is busy with a suicidal student, whose father menaces both of them. I don't usually enjoy novels set in modern times, but was pulled in by the Emily Dickinson connection. Might scare the quiet fairy Back to her native wood! Some touch it, and some kiss it— Some chafe its idle hand— It has a simple gravity I do not understand! Might scare the quiet fairy Back to her native wood! Dobson, I won't be adding your other books to my list.
As all of these people lead the police to her, what's an academic to do except try to find the connection and get herself out of hot water? From a blue-collar family, she was a mother at 19 and by 39 was a professor at prestigious Enfield College. What more can This is a delightful, sexy mystery set in a small fictional college in Massachusetts. But suspicion is distributed more generously than are clues to the hard-to-believe killer. This was recommended to me in a LinkedIn writers' group. She grew up in Lowell, however, and has a bit of an inferiority complex about teaching privileged college kids. Buy Books from Foreign Country Our goal is to quickly find the cheapest books and college textbooks for you, both new and used, from a large number of bookstores worldwide. I was mentally walking in circles trying to follow Karen up Mass Ave to Huron Ave thinking she was well out of Harvard Square.
This particular edition is in a Mass Market Paperback format. That is, he was--until he was found strangled with his own flashy necktie. It fails as a romance all tease and no fulfillment , as a mystery I knew whodunnit a few chapter This was recommended to me in a LinkedIn writers' group. I love this series, and it was time for a revisit, as Joanne Dobson is coming out with a new book sometime this year yay! My only complaint, if I have to have one, is that some of the characters and relationships are drawn with such a subtle hand that I feel the need for a few more books to expand on and clarify them. The social and physical world of a small college is observed in a convincing way, and the interactions with colleagues, students, and townies all ring true. That journey gives her unusual empathy with the misfits at Enfield but doesn't protect her from having a crush on the university's upper-crust president.
Ned Hilton had just been denied tenure due to Astin-Berger's influence. It all adds up to a suspenseful novel in the series. Quieter than Sleep is quite good on academic politics, and made them seem as interesting as possible. Randy had been critical of others and had prevented at least one person from getting tenure. Pelletier was a believable and consistent voice in my head.
I hope we have a chance to find out. Dobson began the series in the 1990s, and I first read the books when I myself was in grad school, so the setting resonated anyway, in an immediate sense. I would not weep if I were they— How rude in one to sob! Ordinarily I'd rather read English cozies, set in England and bloodless. Randy had been reading the sermons of Henry Ward Beecher. The what: Karen Pelletier is an untenured professor in the English Department at a fictional private college in New England. She might find a few too many of the male characters disturbingly attractive for my taste, but her mixed feelings about them do lend more uncertainty to the story. Before buying from a foreign book store or book shop, be sure to check the shipping options.
Pregnant and married at eighteen. The painting title, Quieter Than Sleep, comes from an Emily Dickinson poem. Ah well, back to those term papers! Agreed, Enfield College and the town were fictional, and we can draw our own mind maps and images; however, Dr. As to genre, Quieter than Sleep reminded me most of Jane Langton's mysteries. Her relationship with Lieutenant Piotrowski is well-crafted and the recurring secondary characters add to the richness of the stories. Enter Police Lieutenant Piotrowski, overweight and overwhelming, a real contrast to the proper Professor Pelletier.