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 www.norabarker.com to see other titles in the series coming soon.
In Nora Barker's fifth cozy mystery, Dr. Christmas Connery is blamed when a major benefactor postpones support for a sports venue in deference to locating a state-of-the-art performing arts theater on the Midstate University campus. The jocks and alumni are none too pleased and murder is in the air.
Would someone really commit murder over a rare daylily? Unfortunately, they would. But Midstate University’s Dr. Christmas Eve Connery, FBI Special Agent Dan Blackwell, Detective Hjelmer Ryquist and others work the mystery through to its conclusion.
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.
When Dr. Christmas Connery finds a small watercolor in a thrift store in Florida she can't believe her good fortune. Could it really by a Constable? When murder and mayhem follow her back to Midstate University, she's sure $10 for that watercolor was too much to pay.
Normally the most violent thing that happens on the campus of Midstate University is a football game, but that all changes when Dr. Christmas Connery and her basset hound find the director of the Midstate Museum of Art on the gallery floor, murdered, in the middle of a kinetic sculpture exhibit.