Quick Study (Murder 101, #3)

Quick StudyQuick Study
by Maggie Barbieri
Rating: ★★★
isbn: 0312376758
Series: Murder 101 #3
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery
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.

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