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Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Peabody are investigating the murder of an ordinary history teacher, Craig Foster, who was found dead in his classroom under suspicious conditions. It is soon determined that Foster's lunch contained traces of ricin, an extremely fatal and poisonous chemical.
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Foster was well-liked by almost everyone who knew him. His wife, who had prepared his last lunch, is innocent. So who wanted him dead?

It appears that the seemingly respectable school has a few scandalous secrets within it. Another teacher, known to have had sexual relationships with parents of his students and a few members of the school staff, ends up dead in the school swimming pool. Eve knows that this is no ordinary killer and she has to move fast because before the killer decides on the next victim.

In addition, Eve has to deal with a gorgeous blonde from her husband Roarke's past who seems determined to win him back. Along with solving the case, Eve has to deal with her own insecurities and Roarke's growing irritation.
Best part of story, including ending: This story stands apart from the others in the series because of the appearance of Magdalene Percell and we get to see an emotional and insecure side to our fearless cop. The especially evil nature of the killer in this book made it a disturbing, but thrilling read.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is the one in which Eve walks in on Roarke and Magdalena in each other's arms and knows her unconscious and asks Roarke to clean up the mess. Applause!

Opinion about the main character: In spite of her die-hard attitude, Eve is as emotional and insecure as anyone else. She knows that Roarke will never betray her trust but she fears that he will regret having married her.

The review of this Book prepared by Amrita Nandagopal a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   near future What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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