on May 31, 2012 :
Entertaining whodunnit in the classic mould, set in a less-than prestigious American college. Great characters.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Sep. 8, 2011 :
I got this book trough Librarything a while ago and had to put it away due to problems with my e-reader. The story was so catchy though I tried several times to read it on a computer, but there is nothing relaxing in reading a book on a computer. When I finally got a new e-reader this was the first book I stuffed on it and read.
The book reads like Cluedo. As soon as Liza starts her own investigation you try to fill in the blanks too. There are a lot of possible suspects and in the end it is still a big surprise who killed Niles Norman.
The only 'but' I had with this book that for a non native speaker of the English language there are a lot of 'difficult' words. Therefore the English version will not be accessible for everybody who reads English books every now and than.
If you like a good game of Cluedo and your English is better than the average YA level, you should give this book a try.
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)
on Aug. 9, 2011 :
This book was well written (I learned a lot of new words!) and highly entertaining, particularly if you have spent time in a college setting. The characters are quite colorful, and there are a few tributes to Agatha Christie. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the ending, while exciting, seemed quite rushed. It seems possible March was on a deadline and needed to wrap things up quickly, which is so disappointing because the characters were so much fun to spend time with!
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)
on July 8, 2011 :
Murder in the Philosophy Department is a very well written cozy mystery set at a small, cut-rate college somewhere in the US. The characters are delightful and engaging. Liza Ryder and her dogs are truly fun, interesting characters.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 2, 2011 :
Its a pretty good mystery story. Well thought out characters. plot lines make sense. kept my attention.
Lisa is a professor and writer. No one really knows she writes fantasy fiction.
First day back to school in the fall Lisa finds out her computer and key code dont work and she has to go fight with human resource for a couple of hours that she is not retired and not able to retire yet. While Lisa is arguing with them the new head of the philosophy department was murdered. She has the strongest alabi. the acting new chair is from the history department and was flying over the ocean at the time. He doesn't want the job. so Lisa is helping him to figure out the department and helping the poli ce understand how things works. She wants it solved so life can go back as it was.
I enjoyed reading this book that I recieved for free in an exchange for honest review.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on June 14, 2011 :
This is an excellent mystery of the Agatha Christie type: you get through a number of suspects with a motive. It is an entertaining read. The crime happens in the philosophy department of a third class college. It is good choice; the worst department of any run-down college is likely to be philosophy. The college is described with humor and a good eye for characters. The strength of the book is in the main character: it is a woman who does not like people very much, but she is likable because she is fair and always willing to help. "I liked people all right, but only in very small doses." says the hero, Professor Liza Ryder. I wish her many happy returns. She is more interesting than Miss Marple!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 20, 2011 :
Neat little mystery. The author has obviously experienced teaching at a university and it shows in her mostly cynical humor. Occasionally that humor oversteps, but for the most part it's quite effective. It's well plotted with some interesting twists and turns although, as another reviewer has suggetsed, the ending is just a bit abrupt. Nevertheless, it's well paced amd keeps the reader';s attention.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on May 18, 2011 :
A very enjoyable mystery; the characters were nicely rounded, and the story flowed well. The only thing I found lacking was that the ending seemed very abrupt.
(reviewed the day of purchase)