Five Star, Apr 2005, 25.95, 281 pp.
Copper University Victorian Literature Professor Maddie Temple always looks forward to the start of a new school after the summer vacation. However, this year her enthusiasm is a bit tempered by the demands of Flo Andrews, the empty department coordinator, who prefers to administer discipline than teach and the rants and rage of the Chair Malcolm Driscoll over the money spent (and his mind wasted) on SWINC, designed to help the handicap.
However, the first day turns deadly when an “A” student falls from a library window in what looks like a suicide. Not long afterward, Maddie finds her boss dying in his home. While the police believe that Flo, coveting Malcolm's job, is the prime suspect in what turns out to be a deadly poisoning, Maddie thinks otherwise. Temporarily the chairgirl, she makes her own inquires into both deaths wondering if a SWINC supporter decided to eliminate a vocal influential opponent and how this relates to the dead student.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner