When a wealthy benefactor and alumnus of Eastern Friends School in Pennsylvania is found murdered, details at the scene prompt Lt. Frank DiSalvo to introduce himself at a faculty meeting. There he meets Maxwell Hunter, an English teacher who likes to lecture about the mysteries of literature. At first, DiSalvo brushes off Hunter?s offer of help, but when the second EFS-connected murder is discovered, he changes his mind.
With his sharp eye for detail, and uncanny ability to assemble the pieces of the picture, Hunter identifies the literary modus operandi? but can he predict the next attack time to prevent another murder?
Maxwell Hunter is an English teacher for Eastern Friends School in Pennsylvania. Hunter has a keenness for mystery solving and is a perfectionist who specializes in detail. Because of Hunter’s position at the school and his familiarity with the people involved, Lt. Frank DiSalvo decides to ask for his help in solving the murder of George Wheeler. But, as it turns out, Wheeler isn’t the only one to be murdered as other bodies begin to pile up, each with bazaar circumstances and each in some way connected with the school. Because of his sharp eye for detail and his ability to assemble pieces of a puzzle, Hunter is able to identify a literary modus operandi. Can he use his knowledge to predict the next attack and prevent another murder?
I felt an immediate dislike for the protagonist Hunter, to me an aging hippie with a gigantic chip on his shoulder and in most instances would have stopped reading at that time. I’m glad I didn’t. A Lesson in Murder is a good story, the other characters are interesting and well developed and the plot is good as well. Overall it’s a good read and was well worth overlooking my aversion for one main character.
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