I came across an ... article from The Chronicle of Higher Ed--by Elaine Showalter on mystery novels. She sang your praises, justifiably, as I soon discovered for myself. Needless to say, I stopped sorting clippings and started reading your books.
The characters are excellent--credible, engaging, moving. The hooks--the literary mysteries--are brilliant. As for your depiction of academic life, it's all absurdly, painfully on-target. Ah, the English dept--to paraphrase Whitman, I know, I was there, I suffered. And, of course, wit is the only sane response--I have laughed out loud. Karen Pelletier: c'est moi.
- Kat Richards
I am giddy to hear of the upcoming publication of a new Karen Pelletier mystery. Well, perhaps giddy is a bit exaggerated, but seriously, I am SO happy to hear of this. I have been waiting anxiously and checking Amazon faithfully for several years.
Eureka! ... I am so excited your series has continued ... I recommend it whenever I find a literate soul who likes mysteries.
I've adored your books ever since I found Quieter than Sleep in a second hand shop here in Harrogate, U.K. I've since bought tham all in nice new editions which are ageing rapidly as I re-read them to death. So...WHEN will the new one, Death Without Tenure appear? Your fans are desperate!
~Helen from Harrogate
I'm so glad to have stumbled across your books! I thought only the Brits could write clever literary mysteries! ... You write with a hip, savvy humor that I love.
Having served three separate sentences as department chair, I particularly enjoy your persiflage of the English department chair in your novels. My guess is that I enjoy it more than the English chair at Fordham does.
GRAND to know you're back and, presumably, turning out another thriller featuring Karen Pelletier and that band of academic minerals and vegetables you portray so well.
I am a huge fan of your Karen Pelletier series, and it literally made my week to see that you have a new book coming out. I immediately went to my shelves to begin a re-read (for about the 15th time) of all your books. Thank you, thank you!
I absolutely LOVE these books - Thank you for writing a "smart" woman lead series!
My colleagues and I in the English Department can not wait for your new mystery, Death Without Tenure. We actually don't have tenure so will certainly be able to relate!
I'm looking forward to your next book. I've had so much fun with these. Thanks for sharing your incredible mind with the reading public. Crit Theory as a central point in a murder plot. Who would have guessed that it could work so well. I must say that your books actually made me think.