Poisoned Pen Press
Date: February 2003
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Mystery / Amateur Sleuth
Notes: Explicit Violence, Language
Karen Pelletier Mystery, No. 5
Karen Pelletier, who teaches at Enfield College in Massachusetts,
finds herself deeply involved in crime--again. It began the day
mystery author Sunnye Hardcastle walked into her office, bringing
Trouble with her. Trouble was Ms. Hardcastle’s large Rottweiler
and she never went anywhere without him.
Hardcastle needed a little help with some background research for
her next book, a departure from her bestselling Kit Danger series.
She also had been invited to speak at a Women’s Studies conference
on the history of crime fiction in America and how it looks at women.
Karen agreed to help with the research.
night Karen collided with someone who had tried to break into the
library. The thief tried again the next night, but nothing seemed
to be missing. It wasn’t until Karen requested some rare mystery
dime novels for the paper she was writing for the conference that
the librarian found what had been stolen. Many of the volumes in
the college’s collection of first edition mystery books were
the first day of the conference, the rare manuscript of Dashiell
Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, with revisions written
by Hammett himself, turned up missing and the book thief was found
dead in the closed stacks of the library. Karen Pelletier was faced
with finding the answers to several questions. How did the man get
past the alarm system? Who killed him and why? Where were the missing
books? And could she find the killer before anyone else died?
Maltese Manuscript is another delightful mystery from Poisoned
Pen Press. Karen Pelletier should have a long career of sleuthing
ahead of her.