A FALLING KNIFE
A Lillian Morgan Mystery
By Alan Cook
First Publish, Inc. - 2002
ISBN: 1931743479 - Trade Paperback
Mystery / Amateur sleuth / Contemporary
Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer,
Lillian Morgan, a retired university mathematics professor, lives in the retirement community of Silver Acres in North Carolina. Lillian's serene life of bridge, chess, and aerobics is disrupted when her granddaughter Sandra's boyfriend, Mark Pappas, a professor at the small local college, is accused of sexual harassment by Elise Hoffman, one of his students. College policy prevents him from defending himself or confronting his accuser.
Before Mark and Lillian are able to defend him, his accuser, Elise, is found in her room, stabbed to death.
With the help of her fellow retirees,
Tess and Wesley, Lillian sets out to prove Mark's innocence. She delves
into Elise's activities and is sure that Elise is the Shooting Star, an
exotic dancer, a prime attraction at the Club Cavalier, a local strip
joint. She investigates
There are many conflicting stories and lies uncovered before the killer confronts Mark.
The dialogue is witty. The problems of prejudice are clearly depicted. The atmosphere of the retirement community, the strip club, and the college is very realistically portrayed. This is a fast moving story, featuring an engaging senior citizen with wit, intelligence and a few weaknesses of an aging body.
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