Red Hot and Dead

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Finding bones in the Art Department's ceramics kiln is only the beginning. Murder on the normally placid Midstate University campus puts the whole Division of Fine Arts on edge and its director, Dr. Christmas Connery, in danger. More

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About Nora Barker

Nora Barker started her professional life as an artist, a printmaker, who taught at a middle-sized Midwestern university for more years than she cares to admit. Born in Wisconsin, raised in the Dakotas and Minnesota, she’s lived her whole life among hard-working Scandinavians. Following their example, she couldn’t just stop working when she retired so she took up her other creative love, writing. Visit to see other titles in the series coming soon.

Also in Series: The Dr. Christmas Connery Cozy Mysteries


Review by: Jemima Pett on March 16, 2012 :
Dr Chris Connery, Director of the Division of Fine Arts at Midstate University, is no stranger to police investigations. But when her Ceramics teacher comes to her in distress, having found the remains of a body in the firing kiln, she realises that a murder case is about to turn her life upside down. I read the sample, enjoyed the easy style of an author who clearly knows her subject, and continued reading avidly. This tale leapfrogged others waiting on my kindle to be read, and was only interrupted by dire necessities.

The characters are well formed and enjoyable. I thought we were going to have an irritating interfering mother but she turned out to be a realistic and likeable supporting character. I thought we were going to have a case of mistaken identity but the truth was harder to unravel. Suspicions planted led this whodunnit reader to make most of the right conclusions, but not spot on, which is always nice!

I will look out the first of Nora Barker's tales to catch up with the mostly offstage romantic interest in this one, and look forward to more tales in what I hope will be a fruitful series. Most enjoyable!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
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