Titel: The Raven and the Nightingale
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An unexpected bequest sends waves of violence through the placid groves of academe in Joanne Dobson's third mystery to feature Professor Karen Pelletier.
Still untenured, and therefore on shaky academic ground, feisty young Enfield College professor Pelletier finds herself going head-to-head with the resident Edgar Allan Poe expert, Elliot Corbin, an academic windbag of monumental proportions who is lobbying to be appointed to the much-coveted and recently vacated Palaver Chair. So when Karen receives a serendipitous bonanza in the form of never-before-seen manuscripts and journals by the nineteenth-century poet Emmeline Foster, who is rumored to have killed herself for the love of Poe, Corbin is predictably put out.
Subsequently, the corrosive Corbin is stabbed to death in his home on Thanksgiving Day. Karen has an airtight alibi, but other suspects abound--from the head of the women's studies program, who also pines for the Palaver Chair; to Visiting Poet Jane Birdwort, whose history with Corbin turns out to be far longer (and closer) than anyone had known; to the perpetually disgruntled department secretary; to a young female adjunct professor whose unbridled ambition will not be denied.
Then Karen's office is ransacked, and a number of the Emmeline Foster journals and poems are stolen, so it looks more and more as if Corbin's death may be inextricably entwined with the muse of his life--poet of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The undeniably attractive Lieutenant Piotrowski is called in, and, as in the past, he solicits Karen's help, involving her once more in the thankless task of investigating her not-always-so-collegial colleagues.
As she did in her first two widely acclaimed novels, Joanne Dobson uses her savvy insider's knowledge of academic politics and her considerable talent for complex plotting to produce a witty and eminently satisfying entertainment.
From the Hardcover edition.
As professor of American women's literature at an elite New England college, karen Pelletier has discovered that murder can occur even within the civilized confines of academia. But even she is not prepared for the waves of violence that rock Enfield College in the wake of a surprise bequest....
When Professor Karen Pelletier receives a box of papers from a descendant of Emmeline Foster -- a nineteenth-century poet rumored to have drowned herself for the love of Edgar Allan Poe -- she plans to use them in women's studies at the newly endowed Northbury Center. But Professor Elliot Corbin, a sexist Poe specialist, is scathingly opposed -- until he is found stabbed to death beside a blood-spattered notepad emblazoned with Karen's name. No sooner has Karen established her alibi -- and begun to dissect those of her colleagues -- than the Emmeline Foster papers are stolen from her office. Now it's up to Karen to use her considerable literary expertise and survival skills to solve these two crimes over a century apart -- and tie together the threads in a case as twisted as anything Poe himself could devise....
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