by Maggie Barbieri
Series: Murder 101 #3
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
This is where the series falters; at least short-term. While the first two books in the series were excellent stories about our very-human MC shoved into circumstances beyond her control, Quick Study is all about the hubris. Allison thinks she’s a one-woman crime-fighting team, taking on all comers. It’s silly and it cheapens what was a good series (and might be again, I can’t remember). Looking at the publication date of 2008 (about the time cozy mysteries started becoming derivative) I can’t help but wonder if the author just hit a dry patch inspiration-wise, or if she was following the dictates of big-publishing in it’s single-minded pursuit of the bandwagon.
Either way – poorest entry of the bunch so far.