Cold and Pure and Very Dead
Doubleday, Dec 2000, 22.95, 288 pp.
In Western Massachusetts, Enfield College English professor Karen Pelletier knows that New York Times art reporter Martin Katz is bored with her. Katz, wanting to end the interview, provides a final throwaway question, what is the greatest twentieth century English novel. A facetious Karen replies the 1957 best-selling "Oblivion Falls" by Mildred Deakin. Not only is that novel mentioned ... The Maltese Manuscript
Poisoned Pen Press, Feb 2003, 24.95, 266 pp.
She was brought up in a rough and tough neighborhood, got the valedictorian award taken away from her because she became pregnant but didn't let her past influence her future. Karen Pelletier went on to become an assistant English professor at ritzy Enfield College in Massachusetts. In the spring, she is going to give a talk at the mystery conference sponsored by the women studies gro...