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Alison Bergeron, a college professor at St. Thomas up the Hudson from New York, is looking forward to her best friend’s wedding. Maybe it will take her mind off of her off-again relationship with the married NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford. He’s separated, if you want to be technical about it, but Alison is still getting over her own divorce and she’s trying to make Alison Bergeron, a college professor at St. Thomas up the Hudson from New York, is looking forward to her best friend’s wedding. Maybe it will take her mind off of her off-again relationship with the married NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford. He’s separated, if you want to be technical about it, but Alison is still getting over her own divorce and she’s trying to make good decisions. But when Alison’s ex turns up dead, she’s certain that a mob boss is responsible and Bobby is the only one she can turn to. Romance and murder mingle in this charming follow-up to Murder 101.


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Alison Bergeron, a college professor at St. Thomas up the Hudson from New York, is looking forward to her best friend’s wedding. Maybe it will take her mind off of her off-again relationship with the married NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford. He’s separated, if you want to be technical about it, but Alison is still getting over her own divorce and she’s trying to make Alison Bergeron, a college professor at St. Thomas up the Hudson from New York, is looking forward to her best friend’s wedding. Maybe it will take her mind off of her off-again relationship with the married NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford. He’s separated, if you want to be technical about it, but Alison is still getting over her own divorce and she’s trying to make good decisions. But when Alison’s ex turns up dead, she’s certain that a mob boss is responsible and Bobby is the only one she can turn to. Romance and murder mingle in this charming follow-up to Murder 101.

30 review for Extracurricular Activities

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    This was fun. I've only read one of Barbieri's books before -- Murder 101 -- and that was quite some time ago. If I recall correctly, at the time it was her only book. Time has, indeed, gone by. Protagonist Allison Bergeron is an English professor working at a small Catholic college in the Bronx. She's been divorced from her philandering husband for about 3 years and her only dalliance since then was with the detective she encountered in 101 after a dead body turned up in her trunk. Let's just sa This was fun. I've only read one of Barbieri's books before -- Murder 101 -- and that was quite some time ago. If I recall correctly, at the time it was her only book. Time has, indeed, gone by. Protagonist Allison Bergeron is an English professor working at a small Catholic college in the Bronx. She's been divorced from her philandering husband for about 3 years and her only dalliance since then was with the detective she encountered in 101 after a dead body turned up in her trunk. Let's just say that her luck has not gotten any better. I really enjoy this series. Allison is believably inconsistent -- just as most of us are -- and her romance with her detective is incredibly sweet. I'm looking forward to reading more!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lain

    It takes a lot for me to quit reading a book before I've finished - particularly when I've made it over halfway. So it's saying something when I tell you I quit reading this book with less than 50 pages to go. It was simply awful. The changing point of view was confusing and unnecessary. The main character, supposedly a James Joyce scholar, seemed part Stephanie Plum and part mall babe. She acted none too intelligent, and her supposed job was given lip service only. And her questionable actions ( It takes a lot for me to quit reading a book before I've finished - particularly when I've made it over halfway. So it's saying something when I tell you I quit reading this book with less than 50 pages to go. It was simply awful. The changing point of view was confusing and unnecessary. The main character, supposedly a James Joyce scholar, seemed part Stephanie Plum and part mall babe. She acted none too intelligent, and her supposed job was given lip service only. And her questionable actions (such as investigating the empty house next door when her husband had been found dead only a few weeks earlier in her own home) were the height of "Scream-"esque stupidity. I can suspend disbelief with the best of 'em, but even I have my limits. At about 2/3 the way through the book, I became totally lost. I actually thought I'd skipped a chapter because time was jumping forward with no clear trajectory. That's when I decided I didn't care whodunnit, and I didn't care if Alison herself ended up the next victim. I know when it's time to pull the plug.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Lots of fun! Another great entry in the series. I really like Allison and Crawford. Interesting cases and I even solved one of them. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    I like mystery series with continuing characters. I really liked this book. This is the second in the series of five. I apparently read the first one in the series in 2008 but wasn't all that impressed. Maybe she's gotten better or my tastes have changed? I've reserved the other four from the library so may go back and reread the first one. I'll definitely move forward with the series. The writing style is engrossing and funny. I found it entertaining to read. The main characters, Alison and Crawfo I like mystery series with continuing characters. I really liked this book. This is the second in the series of five. I apparently read the first one in the series in 2008 but wasn't all that impressed. Maybe she's gotten better or my tastes have changed? I've reserved the other four from the library so may go back and reread the first one. I'll definitely move forward with the series. The writing style is engrossing and funny. I found it entertaining to read. The main characters, Alison and Crawford, are likable as are the other characters. Trixie the dog is cute. When the ending came, I bought it. Blog review: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2011/09...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alison's ex-husband turns up dead at her kitchen table. Drama with detective boyfriend Bobby, who is pursuing divorce, though Alison doesn't know it at the time. Female neighbor was also killed later in the book. One who had had an affair with Ray. Terri's husband Jackson killed her. Gianna, the mobster's wife who is actually running the mob because her husband isn't good at it, is the one who killed Ray. Gianna and hubby Peter's daughter had also had an affair with Ran the year before, and the Alison's ex-husband turns up dead at her kitchen table. Drama with detective boyfriend Bobby, who is pursuing divorce, though Alison doesn't know it at the time. Female neighbor was also killed later in the book. One who had had an affair with Ray. Terri's husband Jackson killed her. Gianna, the mobster's wife who is actually running the mob because her husband isn't good at it, is the one who killed Ray. Gianna and hubby Peter's daughter had also had an affair with Ran the year before, and the daughter had been killed. Parents were convinced Ray was the father, but he wasn't. He had had a vasectomy. She also thought hubby Peter was interested in Alison.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Another Series To Read Alison was just kidding around with Max when they mentioned killing her ex-husband, Ray, in the first book, "Murder 101," but then she comes home one night and finds him minus his hands and feet in her kitchen. She calls the police and then Crawford comes back into her life. She tries to find who murdered her ex, shoots her (grazing her) and then murders her neighbor, burying her in the backyard, for the dog to find (yep, Trixie has moved in with Alison). Good read. I am l Another Series To Read Alison was just kidding around with Max when they mentioned killing her ex-husband, Ray, in the first book, "Murder 101," but then she comes home one night and finds him minus his hands and feet in her kitchen. She calls the police and then Crawford comes back into her life. She tries to find who murdered her ex, shoots her (grazing her) and then murders her neighbor, burying her in the backyard, for the dog to find (yep, Trixie has moved in with Alison). Good read. I am looking forward to the 3rd book. I think this will be another series that I will read in its entirety.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    I think I liked this book better than the first in the series. The dialog seems to have improved a lot over book one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Extracurricular Activities (2007) is Maggie Barbieri's second mystery novel featuring English professor Alison Bergeron. It is the sequel to Barbieri's debut novel Murder 101. A few months have passed since Alison was cleared of the murder that ocurred at the small, secluded college where she works. It has been about as long since Alison last saw her married (sort of) boyfriend Detective Bobby Crawford. Everything about Alison's life seems to be back to normal--leaving her plenty of time to focus Extracurricular Activities (2007) is Maggie Barbieri's second mystery novel featuring English professor Alison Bergeron. It is the sequel to Barbieri's debut novel Murder 101. A few months have passed since Alison was cleared of the murder that ocurred at the small, secluded college where she works. It has been about as long since Alison last saw her married (sort of) boyfriend Detective Bobby Crawford. Everything about Alison's life seems to be back to normal--leaving her plenty of time to focus on her work and best friend Max's upcoming nuptials. That is until Alison finds herself at the center of another murder investigation when her ex-husband's body is found in Alison's house. The Alison learns about the case, the more convinced she is that a local Mobster is responsible, specifically the one that has been harassing Alison since last spring. Alison wants nothing more than to solve the murder for her own sanity and be done with the Mob once and for all, but how do you threaten a Mob boss with no qualms about killing the people who get in his way? Chronologically this book picks up very close to where the first book left off, making it easy to deal with the loose ends and unresolved issues that carried over from Murder 101. While Alison struggles with her decision that she and Crawford should take a break, she finds herself receiving attentions from another very attractive, and available, man. This creates a moral dilemma as Alison tries to figure out where her heart lies and whether the best route is also the easiest one. This side plot of sorts adds more dimension to Alison's character and her dynamic with Crawford as well as bringing a lot of humor into the story. Something that Barbieri has changed in this installment is her narration technique. In the first novel, Alison narrated in traditional first-person, past-tense style. That narration works for the story allowing readers to get inside Alison's head and hear all of her funny asides during dialogue sequences. Most of Extracurricular Activities is told in the same way. However, interspersed with Alison's narrations are sequences from Crawford's point-of-view written in the third-person, past-tense. I liked this addition simply because it helped to flesh out Crawford's character by showing events from his perspective. In terms of the plot it was also the best way to tell the story since there are events that would be impossible for Alison to witness firsthand. Thus, without Crawford's segments, the story would have had a lot of talking back and forth about events. I respect Barbieri for trying something new with her writing in this novel and am intrigued to see what she has in story for her next mystery. That said, the writing in Extracurricular Activities was not as good as its antecedent. This novel came out one year after Barbieri's first book and, to be blunt, it shows. The writing often felt slapdash with repeated phrases and awkward sentences that were not an issue in the the first novel. That is not to say this is a bad book, it isn't. Extracurricular Activities was actually a lot of fun, an ultimately cheerful and optimistic mystery. That just didn't always coincide with the smoothest writing. Alison Bergeron's next appearance is in Quick Study (2008).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Extracurricular Activities was a great second addition to the Murder 101 series. If the pattern continues, the next book will be even better than the last. Summary: After finding out that Detective Crawford is still technically married, English professor Alison Bergeron is heartbroken. She finally divorced her cheating husband and the first man she opened her heart to, lied to her. Things have finally returned to normal at work, but her ex-husband Ray has been coming around more and more under th Extracurricular Activities was a great second addition to the Murder 101 series. If the pattern continues, the next book will be even better than the last. Summary: After finding out that Detective Crawford is still technically married, English professor Alison Bergeron is heartbroken. She finally divorced her cheating husband and the first man she opened her heart to, lied to her. Things have finally returned to normal at work, but her ex-husband Ray has been coming around more and more under the mistaken impression that they are still close. All she wants is to be with Bobby (Detective Crawford), but knows she has to wait until he is free and clear. The fact that her best friend, Max, is marrying Bobby's partner, Fred, isn't making her love life any easier. Not to mention her other best friend, Father Kevin, sets her up with his brother. While Ray is making a nuisance of himself, he expresses his anxiety that he is being watched and followed. Alison knows it could be any one of the spouses or parents of the women Ray had relations with, so takes his concern with a grain of salt and points him in the direction of Detective Crawford for help. Bobby is tired. He doesn't get to spend a lot of time with his twin girls, and its taking its toll. He also wants to get back in Alison's good graces. He has no idea how to do that, but proceeds in his divorce while trying to soothe his daughters' hurt feelings and dashed dreams. He has no time to dwell after catching a new case where only a pair of hands and feet are found. Little did he know that across town, at roughly the same time, Alison walks into her kitchen and finds her ex-husband dead at her kitchen table sans hands and feet. Alison is horrified and immediately places blame on the Miceli crime family whose daughter was murdered in book one after dating Ray. This is further cemented in her mind after several run-ins with the head of the family, Peter. Although her resolve to keep things friendly between her and Bobby is waning, Alison may need to trust him with much more than her heart after barely making it through another kidnapping, a shooting, a high speed chase, and a couple more bodies. This Maggie Barbieri creation was so much better than the first, and that one wasn't even bad!! I loved the dual POV's. I had wanted more of Bobby Crawford's feelings and views in the first novel, and with a bigger role in this book, it was awesome to see through his eyes. Alison was a bit stronger in this book, too. She was still dramatic and quirky, but not as prone to faint dead away at the first sign of distress. Their relationship with each other, although stained at times, started heating up, and I love that aspect of the story. Overall, I have only good things to comment on this book. Will definitely continue reading Alison's story. <3

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shonda

    When we first met Alison Bergeron, she was the number one suspect in a college student’s murder. Not only did Alison have a past with the victim’s parents, her ex-husband had an affair with the student as well. Just clearing her name from one investigation, Alison soon finds herself involved with another murder. . . her ex-husband Ray. Ray’s death has Peter Miceli’s name written all over it, as his death was a signature Mob hit. As much as she despised Ray (after all he had numerous extra-martia When we first met Alison Bergeron, she was the number one suspect in a college student’s murder. Not only did Alison have a past with the victim’s parents, her ex-husband had an affair with the student as well. Just clearing her name from one investigation, Alison soon finds herself involved with another murder. . . her ex-husband Ray. Ray’s death has Peter Miceli’s name written all over it, as his death was a signature Mob hit. As much as she despised Ray (after all he had numerous extra-martial affairs), Alison is stunned by his death and can’t help but to play amateur sleuth once again. Finding Ray’s killer will also distract her from her on-again, off-again relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Bobby Crawford. Crawford has marital issues of his own: he’s legally separated from his wife, however he failed to mention this at the start of his relationship with Alison. It’s quite difficult for Alison to avoid Crawford because his partner is marrying Alison’s best friend, Max, and he is best man while Alison is maid of honor. And not to mention, with all of Alison’s snooping, she finds herself in situations that only a police officer can assist her with. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Alison is an amateur sleuth with good sense. The plot at times is funny, but not over the top. The author provides enough twists and turns that will make the reader wonder who really is the killer. After the killer’s identity is revealed, we learn why Ray was killed and how Alison is involved. Alison’s character is one the reader can relate to: she’s hard working, trying to pick herself up after a bitter divorce while contemplating re-entering the dating scene. The reader will hope Bobby figures things out with his estranged wife before Alison moves on. The two definitely have chemistry and both deserve a second chance on love. If you’re looking for a good cozy mystery, I recommend this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm1858

    Summary: Wow-Alison's life is complicated! Her best friend is getting married to her married-but estranged from his wife-kind of boyfriend's cop partner; she's under stress at work; her other best friend is trying to set her up with his brother; and her philandering ex-husband is found dead in her kitchen. Again she is dragged in to solving a mystery! Thoughts: I read the fourth book in this series a while back so I was pleased to be able to pick this up (review of the third book tomorrow). I als Summary: Wow-Alison's life is complicated! Her best friend is getting married to her married-but estranged from his wife-kind of boyfriend's cop partner; she's under stress at work; her other best friend is trying to set her up with his brother; and her philandering ex-husband is found dead in her kitchen. Again she is dragged in to solving a mystery! Thoughts: I read the fourth book in this series a while back so I was pleased to be able to pick this up (review of the third book tomorrow). I also have to say a. I am so jealous of how tall she is, even as I recognize potential pitfalls; and b. they drink a lot in this book-it seems like every chapter has her imbibing at least one drink and frequently more. I don't remember this in the fourth book but this is told in alternating perspectives; first person for Alison and then third person following Crawford. It also explains how she gets Trixie who is a faithful dog in the fourth book but was not originally Alison's. It's pretty interesting to see certain plot points which will lead in to the fourth and then fifth book. I was a little confused about the mystery itself (I actually somewhat figured out the culprit-I speculated it could be the person but I didn't definitively say it was). The mystery didn't seem to be as important as Alison trying to figure out her relationship with Crawford and since I know it works out, I didn't really care. Furthermore I didn't really care about the murdered people although I did want justice for them. Overall: 3.5/5 Cover: I love her heels! And this outfit is basically described in the book so points to the artist for accuracy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Elizabeth

    This book is hilarious. Allison's pithy off side commentary throughout the book really gave me a chuckle and it feels like she's sitting in a cafe with you, telling this story over a cup of coffee. I only wish that there was more of Kevin the priest, although maybe I missed out on all the priest jokes in the first book (read them out of order...again....) but I liked that he was this gossip hungry reverend who was lending an ear when she needed it most. Max was also someone who felt a little off This book is hilarious. Allison's pithy off side commentary throughout the book really gave me a chuckle and it feels like she's sitting in a cafe with you, telling this story over a cup of coffee. I only wish that there was more of Kevin the priest, although maybe I missed out on all the priest jokes in the first book (read them out of order...again....) but I liked that he was this gossip hungry reverend who was lending an ear when she needed it most. Max was also someone who felt a little off key in this book, her presence didn't add anything and there was nothing particularly redeeming about their friendship. She wasn't a very good partner in crime and you can forgive self involved characters when they hustle for your favourites but she just wasn't working for me. The red herrings (both in Allisons dating and crime fighting story lines) were really well thought out and gave the reader something to think about, and I like that there weren't too many, Maggie focused on one or two possibilities and fleshed out the whys and why nots, without going over the top. The gangland mafia man, Peter was about as charming as you can get for someone who repeatedly breaks into your home, kidnaps and you and threatens you. I enjoyed his dialogue with Allison. Finally you've got Bobby (ha!) the policeman. In my mind I imagined him as a Jack Reacher type (not the Tom Cruise, movie type mind you, the novel description) and that did me just fine, thank you!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    If I could have, I'd have given this one 3.5 stars. This is the second of Barbieri's "Murder 101" mysteries, and it's a bit better than the first (which, by the way, I believe was her first book). This time, it's Allison's cheating ex-husband, Ray Stark, who is the murder victim; Allison discovers him sitting at her kitchen table, dead, and missing his hands and feet. The suspects are many: the mob boss, the jealous husband next door, the student with whom Ray was having an affair when he died. If I could have, I'd have given this one 3.5 stars. This is the second of Barbieri's "Murder 101" mysteries, and it's a bit better than the first (which, by the way, I believe was her first book). This time, it's Allison's cheating ex-husband, Ray Stark, who is the murder victim; Allison discovers him sitting at her kitchen table, dead, and missing his hands and feet. The suspects are many: the mob boss, the jealous husband next door, the student with whom Ray was having an affair when he died. Allison's love interest, Bobby Crawford, is called to investigate when Ray's hands and feet are found in his district. Barbieri is skilled at writing an entertaining novel, and more than once I laughed out loud. Allison and Crawford are believable as a couple and are well-fleshed out. Secondary characters are fairly one-dimensional, but again, this is Barbieri's second novel, so I'll cut her some slack. There was a slight twist to the ending; I won't give it away, but I'll say that the story was less easily resolved than the first mystery. I've got Barbieri's next title in this series on my desk at home and am looking forward to it. If Barbieri improved this much from her first book to her second, the next should be very good, indeed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    This is the first book I read, but actually the second one in the series. It hooked me in -- I liked the characters, the humor, the academic setting.... Alison has gone through a divorce: her husband had multiple affairs yet tries to be her friend still. They teach at the same college, which makes it awkward: they also coteach one class. Alison has already been involved in one murder--and helped investigate what really happened. She met handsome, and separated, Detective Bobby Crawford, during th This is the first book I read, but actually the second one in the series. It hooked me in -- I liked the characters, the humor, the academic setting.... Alison has gone through a divorce: her husband had multiple affairs yet tries to be her friend still. They teach at the same college, which makes it awkward: they also coteach one class. Alison has already been involved in one murder--and helped investigate what really happened. She met handsome, and separated, Detective Bobby Crawford, during the previous investigation. However, separated is not divorced and Alison cannot continue their relationship. Now in this book, Alison is still trying to cope with the divorce, and with her ex-husband's efforts to be friends. One day she comes home to find her husband dead in her kitchen, and of course, some might suspect Alison had something to do with it, since it is her kitchen, her knife, and her ex-husband. http://wpl-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    This is the second book in the series that started with Murder 101. The series features college professor Alison Bergeron. Here we have her best friend, Max, about to get married and her ex-husband, Ray still hanging around more than she likes. Also hanging around is another acquaintance from college, Peter Miceli, husband of Gianna Miceli, and member of the mob. Alison is waiting for her wanna-be boyfriend, NYPD detective Bobby Crawford to be free of his previous relationship before she starts a This is the second book in the series that started with Murder 101. The series features college professor Alison Bergeron. Here we have her best friend, Max, about to get married and her ex-husband, Ray still hanging around more than she likes. Also hanging around is another acquaintance from college, Peter Miceli, husband of Gianna Miceli, and member of the mob. Alison is waiting for her wanna-be boyfriend, NYPD detective Bobby Crawford to be free of his previous relationship before she starts a relationship with him. When a dead body, missing parts, is left in her kitchen, things start going bad. There are more visits from Peter and other unwanted visitors, threats and injuries. There is also another body. Alison just wants to get her job of collecting curricula for her department done, and be with Bobby, but things are not going her way. I find Alison a great character, and can really get into her. The plot keeps things moving and there are enough unexpected events to keep things interesting. Another good one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My favorite part of the first book in this series was the relationship between Alison and Crawford, which I thought was lacking in this book. I also did not find Alison's reaction to the murder of her ex-husband to be realistic at all. Yes she hated him, but I still do not think she would be able to jump back into her lifestyle so quickly after finding him dead in her kitchen. I hope the next book in this series will find Alison helping in a case that she is not directly involved in, because I h My favorite part of the first book in this series was the relationship between Alison and Crawford, which I thought was lacking in this book. I also did not find Alison's reaction to the murder of her ex-husband to be realistic at all. Yes she hated him, but I still do not think she would be able to jump back into her lifestyle so quickly after finding him dead in her kitchen. I hope the next book in this series will find Alison helping in a case that she is not directly involved in, because I honestly don't know how many more of her friends the author can kill off and still continue with the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Alison does not see Crawford since she discovered he was still married, though separated. Max gets married. Alison discovers her ex-husband, Ray, murdered in her kitchen with his hands and feet cut off. Her next door neighbors leave their dog, Trixie, with Alison when they leave. The woman from next door is found in a hole in her back yard minus her hands and feet. Bobby's wife gives him a divorce. Alison and Bobby get together. Giama Micelli, head of a mob gang killed Ray, wishing it was Alison Alison does not see Crawford since she discovered he was still married, though separated. Max gets married. Alison discovers her ex-husband, Ray, murdered in her kitchen with his hands and feet cut off. Her next door neighbors leave their dog, Trixie, with Alison when they leave. The woman from next door is found in a hole in her back yard minus her hands and feet. Bobby's wife gives him a divorce. Alison and Bobby get together. Giama Micelli, head of a mob gang killed Ray, wishing it was Alison. Giana's husband was paying attention to Alison; Giana was jealous. The husband/ neighbor killed his wife and dismembered her because she had an affair with Alison's ex-husband.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I just love Maggie Barbieri's series featuring college professor Alison Bergeron. Despite the nastiness Alison gets herself entangled in this time around (her dead ex is found sans hands and feet in her kitchen), she still manages to juggle a murder investigation and two men, handsome cop Bobby Crawford and George Clooney clone Jack McManus...okay, make that a murder investigation and four men, if you count deli owner Tony and mob boss Peter Micelli. Despite all the insanity, Alison eventually p I just love Maggie Barbieri's series featuring college professor Alison Bergeron. Despite the nastiness Alison gets herself entangled in this time around (her dead ex is found sans hands and feet in her kitchen), she still manages to juggle a murder investigation and two men, handsome cop Bobby Crawford and George Clooney clone Jack McManus...okay, make that a murder investigation and four men, if you count deli owner Tony and mob boss Peter Micelli. Despite all the insanity, Alison eventually pins down her man and a murderer. A fun read for a cold weekend in winter!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I enjoyed this book much more than the first in the series. Alison doesn't faint or get sick when finding dead bodies this time 'round, and the first body is that of her ex-husband. Once again she is embroiled with NYPD detective Bobby Crawford, the Miceli mob family and going head-to-head with the nuns at her college. There were a few too many bodies for me, but the story moved along at a great pace and the relationship between Alison and Crawford enjoys its ups and downs. Looking forward to the n I enjoyed this book much more than the first in the series. Alison doesn't faint or get sick when finding dead bodies this time 'round, and the first body is that of her ex-husband. Once again she is embroiled with NYPD detective Bobby Crawford, the Miceli mob family and going head-to-head with the nuns at her college. There were a few too many bodies for me, but the story moved along at a great pace and the relationship between Alison and Crawford enjoys its ups and downs. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    This is the 2nd book in Maggie Barbieri's Murder 101 series. Alison is busy with teaching, and getting ready for her BFF Max's wedding. As always, Alison runs into one surprise after another, especially since she is trying to help find out who murdered her ex husband. I am working my way through the series in order and have the next 3 books waiting for me at my local library. Why don't all y'all visit your library's and check out a copy, or just buy one. This is the 2nd book in Maggie Barbieri's Murder 101 series. Alison is busy with teaching, and getting ready for her BFF Max's wedding. As always, Alison runs into one surprise after another, especially since she is trying to help find out who murdered her ex husband. I am working my way through the series in order and have the next 3 books waiting for me at my local library. Why don't all y'all visit your library's and check out a copy, or just buy one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    I really liked this book, mainly because I really like the Alison and Crawford characters. They're very likeable but still have flaws. The only problem I had w. this book is that at times things were stated as known fact and I thought to myself "What? When was that said/did that happen?" and then would flip back through the book to see if I zoned out while reading and missed it. I did not zone out and there were a few gaps. Not sure if it was intentional or due to lazy editing. I really liked this book, mainly because I really like the Alison and Crawford characters. They're very likeable but still have flaws. The only problem I had w. this book is that at times things were stated as known fact and I thought to myself "What? When was that said/did that happen?" and then would flip back through the book to see if I zoned out while reading and missed it. I did not zone out and there were a few gaps. Not sure if it was intentional or due to lazy editing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I enjoyed this sequel to Murder 101 better than the original. I felt like the characters and relationships were more developed and I enjoyed that the reader got to hear from Crawford's perspective throughout the novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I enjoyed this sequel to Murder 101 better than the original. I felt like the characters and relationships were more developed and I enjoyed that the reader got to hear from Crawford's perspective throughout the novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    It had been a long time since I read an entire book at one sitting. The cozy mystery characters introduced in Murder 101 continue with their relationships.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    this was ok. i'll try one of her other books that I have out of the library. this was ok. i'll try one of her other books that I have out of the library.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This was a perfect "cottage" read for me right now. A murder mystery intermingling in a bit of fluffy romance. This was a perfect "cottage" read for me right now. A murder mystery intermingling in a bit of fluffy romance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mistress of Romance Kim Brown

    This book I just happened to pick up while browsing the library. Definitely a good read. I so didn't want to put it down. This book I just happened to pick up while browsing the library. Definitely a good read. I so didn't want to put it down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    This sequel to Murder 101 was a lot better than the first. The writing was better. The characters are more complex and we got to see some of their back stories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This book made me laugh, sit back with a shock, try to figure out the mystery without looking to the ending and laugh again. What more can you want in a book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I liked the first one better but I will still read the third

  30. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Not as great as her first novel, but still an entertaining Summer read.

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