Murder Misread by P.M. Carlson
by P.M. Carlson
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In 1977, statistician Maggie Ryan returns to her alma mater to help Charlie Fielding analyze his reading research. Charlie, professor and film buff, is studying the eye movements of skilled readers. Maggie’s work is interesting, her kids have good daycare, and her actor husband Nick O’Connor is working nearby. But the happy summer plan is disrupted when Charlie’s popular colleague and rival, Tal Chandler, is found shot near campus.
When a turf war between town homicide detectives and image-conscious campus police hinders the investigation, Maggie and Nick team up with Tal’s grieving widow to get some questions answered.
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Book Details:Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: August 2015
Number of Pages: 241
ISBN13: 1932325468 (ISBN13: 9781932325461)
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #7
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"Murder Misread" by P.M. Carlson, the Maggie Ryan Mystery #7Statistician Maggie Ryan, actor Nick O’Connor, and their two small children are looking forward to a relaxing summer away from New York City. Maggie’s working at her alma mater as consultant to reading expert Professor Charlie Fielding, and Nick has a gig at a summer theatre nearby. But then the body of Charlie’s retired predecessor, Professor Tal Chandler, is found near campus. It seems to be suicide–– but the gun was in left-handed Tal’s right hand. With help from Tal’s grieving widow, Professor Anne Chandler, Maggie and Nick find that friendly, nosy Tal had uncovered some dark secrets about his university coworkers––secrets that could lead to murder.
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P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.
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Set in acadamia , the main characters in this mystery have a love of words and science. They want to be able to help children learn more efficiently. In order to do that, they need to figure out how the best learners catch on to reading skills and how to teach those same skills to beginning readers.
Who knew this would be a controversial subject?
Of course any one who has spent time in a university setting recognizes the political turmoil and competitive atmosphere. Tal Chandler seems to have survived all that and is now semi retired. As the book opens he is also in an exceptionally bright mood. He does not say why but he is ready to celebrate and invites friends and colleagues to join him.
The tone turns darker quickly when Tal not only does not arrive at his own celebration but is discovered dead nearby, along with some conflicting incriminating evidence. As competiting polive forces try to choose between murder and suicide, there really being motive for neither, the amateur sleuths take it upon themselves to find the truth.
What starts out as an academic study takes on some much darker topics regarding children and abuse of authority and opportunity. Whodunit may surprise you as it is a reverse twist on a murder mystery theme.