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Murder at BYU: A finding guide to and annotated bibliography of murder mysteries in the Harold B Lee Library at BYU involving universities, colleges, professors and/or students: Part V: 1993-2000

An annotated bibliography of professor-, student-, college- or university-based murder mystery fiction or literature in the Harold B Lee Library (HBLL) at BYU.

Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction or Literature available at BYU Part V: 1993-2000

Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction or Literature available at BYU, Part V: 1993-2000.

122.    Doss, James D.  The Shaman Sings.  New York:  St Martin's, 1994.  PS 3554 O75 S48 1994.  "Late one night the sounds of an argument are heard coming from the physics lab at 'Rocky Mountain Polytechnic' in 'Granite City', Colorado.  The police are called and just as a deputy arrives on the scene Julio Pacheco, a campus maintenance man, runs from the building and eludes six shots fired at him by the over-eager policeman.  Then the badly beaten corpse of Priscilla Scott, a graduate student, is found in the lab.  Open-and-shut case, with nothing remaining but to apprehend Mr Pacheco?  Not in the view of Scott Parris, Granite City's police chief.  An aged Native American shaman intervenes to help catch the guilty party. ..."  Mr Doss, a Reading, Pennsylvania, native, received a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College and an MA from the University of New Mexio; at the time this book was written, Mr Doss was an electrical engineer at the Los Alamos lab in New Mexico.  (Kramer entry #387, pp 314-314). 

123.  Littel, Robert. The Visiting Professor. New York: Random House, 1994.  Call number:  PS 3562 I7827 V57x 2006.  "Lemuel Falk, winner of the Lenin Prize for his work on the nature of entropy, tries for twenty-three years to leave Russia.  When his exit visa is finally approved, he accepts an invitation to become a visiting professor at the 'Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Chaos-Related Studies' in upstate New York.  The Institute is a component of 'Backwater University'.  During his stay at Backwater, Professor Falk employs his vast knowledge of randomness to identify a serial killer who has murdering people in and near the university. ... [T]he book is much less a mystery than it is a comic novel about American higher education. ..."  This is the author's eleventh novel, and is best known for his Cold War-era spy novel The Defection of AJ Lewinter.  Mr Little was at one time the Eastern Europe and Soviet affairs editor at Newsweek magazine.  (Kramer entry #392, pp 318-319.)

124.  Morson, Ian.  Falconer's Crusade.  London:  Gollancz, 1994; New York:  St Martin's, 1995.  Call number:  PR 9063 O799 F35 1995.  "[This story] is set in thirteenth century Oxford.  The detective is William Falconer, a teacher with the rank of master regent in the university's faculty of arts.  Falconer turns from lecturing to sleuthing when Margaret Gebetz, a university servant girl, has her throat slit, and when Thomas Symon, one of his pupils, is thought incorrectly by many of Oxford's townsfolk to have committed the murders.  As the story continues, Symon manages to escape harm but several other Oxford students are beaten to death by angry townspeople, Master John Fyssh is killed in yet another throat slitting, and a student named Jack Moulcom is strangeld dead and then eviscerated.  [This book] can certainly be read as a whodunit puzzle, but many academic readers probably will find themselves equalltyinterested in the novel's heaps of historical detail. ..."  This is the first of a series of William Falconer mysteries written by Mr Morson.  (Kramer entry #  397, p 332.)

125.  Cross, Amanda.  An Imperfect Spy.  New York:  Ballentine, 1995.  Call number:  PS 3558 E4526 I46 1995b.  "This novel is set at the 'Schuyler Law School', an academically undistinguished institution in New York City.  The protanonist is Kate Fansler, Amanda Cross's long-running series-character detective, who is professor of English at a crosstown, high prestige New York City university.  Fansler comes to Schuyler for a semester to teach a course in law and literature with Blair Whitson, a young Shcuyler law professor.  Attorney Reed Amhearst, Fansler's husband, also comes to Schuyler, in his case, to create a 'clinic' through which students will work with convicted criminals who need legal representation.  Through one of Schuyler's secretaries, a woman who calls herself Harriet Furst, Fansler becomes interested in the recent death of Nellie Rosenbusch, who was the only tenured woman member of the Schuyler faculty.  Rosenbusch, who regularly provoked the ire of her male colleagues, fell in front of an oncoming truck while waiting to cross a New York City street, and there is the possibility she was pushed.  As Fansler detects in the Rosenbusch affair, she also becomes invovled in the case of Betty Osborne, who is incarcerated after being convicted of murdering he alcoholic and violent hsuband, a Schuyler professor.  There is no doubt that Mrs Osborne shot and killed her spouse, but Fansler and Amhearst believe she failed to receive a proper 'battered woman defense', and they work to have her case reopenend. ..."  See previous Amanda Cross entries for her biography.  (Kramer entry #402, pp 326-327.)

126.  Jevons, Marshall.  A Deadly Indifference.  new York:  Carroll and Graf, 1995.  Call number:  PS 3560 E88 D4 1995.  "A Chicago foundation wants to purchase the Cambridge, England, home of Alfred Marshall, and use it as a center for the study of free enterpsie.  Marshall, who taught at Cambridge from 1885 until his retirement in 1908, is generally regarded as the father of modern economic theory.  Henry Spearman, a Harvard economist and a Marshall Jevons-series character professor-detective, visits Camabridge to help arrange the purchase but he learns that the owner intends to sell to Nigel Hart, the aging master of 'Bishop's College', who covets the house as a place to live in retirement.  Midway through the story Hart is stabbed to death outside the college dining hall as he is about to attend a meeting of the Jeremy Bentham Society, and a short while later Dolores Tanner, a young actress with family ties to Bishop's, dies from a bullet to the brain.  After much ratiocination, Professor Spearman apprehends the book's villian at St Giles cemetary, as the latter attempts an noctural robbery of Alfred Marshall's grave. ..."  Marshall Jevons is the pseudonym used by William Breit and Kenneth G Elzinga, professors of economics at, respectively, Trinity University and the University of Virginia.  (Kramer entry #408, pp 332-333.)

127.  Langton, Jane.  The Shortest Day:  Murder at the Revels.  new York:  Viking, 1995.  Call number:  PS 3562 A515 S56 1995b.  "Each year during the Christmas season, a collection of Cambridge-town and Harvard-gown performers stage the 'Revels', a program of lively ancient rites deisgned to challenge the cold and gloom of winter.  This year's Revels is singulalry ill-fated.  Tom Cobb, the codirector, dies after eating a candy bar spiked with a lethal dose of lead.  Henry Shandy, the featured folk singer, is run down by a Range Rover outside the show's venue, Harvard's Memorial Hall.  And another of the large cast of onstage performers, Harvard Professor of Astronomy Arlo Field, nearly dies after his throat is cut by a sword during a Revels performance. ...Meantime, even as more deaths and almost-fatal accidents occur, a group of Cambridge homeless people demands that Harvard convert a classroom building into housing for the poor.  The featured sleuth in the story is Jane Langton's series character, Homer Kelly, a former police detective who now teaches American literature at Harvard. ..."  Ms Langton has other Homer Kelly mysteries in this bibliography.  (Kramer entry #412, p 335.)

128.  Walsh, Jill Paton.  A Piece of Justice.  New York:  St Martin's, 1995. Call number:  PR 6066 A84 P54 1995.  "The British publishing firm of Recktype and Diss desperately needs someone [to] finish its biography of the recently deceased Gideon Summerfield.  A tutor of mathematics at Cambridge's 'St Agatha College', Summerfield created an important mathematics formula late in his life.  The biography already appears in the publisher's catalog but the mansucript has never been completed because, in succession, two writers have disappeared and one has died.  Leo Maverack, a Cambridge professor of biology, is asked to take up the task, but he is too busy, and he turns the project over to Frances Bullion, his top graduate student.  When Miss Bullion begins work she finds that Janet Summerfield, Gideon's widow, is obstructing her progress, and that several of the mathematician's former Cambridge colleagues seem to know things about the late mathematician that are not suggested by his professional resume. Bullion lodges in the home of Imogene Quy, the nurse at St Agatha's [and] tries to help Bullion sort out her probelms, [] in doing so she uncovers murder, academic dishonety, and a villian with an unlikely but noble motive for his crimes. ..."  Ms Quy is a series character, and Ms Walsh's biography appears ealier in this bibliography.  (Kramer entry # 414, pp336-337.)

129.  Chraibi, Driss.  L'Inspecteur Ali a Trinity College.  Paris:  Denoel, 1996.  Call number:  PQ 3989 C5 I563x 1996.  "Inspector Ali of the Moroccan Police Force is sent to Engalnd to investigate the death of the beautiful Moroccan princess Yasmina, whose mortal remains were found in her room at Trinity College, Cambridge.  Ali has never before been in England, and in keep with his secondhand knowledge of British dress customs, he arrives from Casablanca wearing a bowler had and patent leather shoes.  Furthermore, equipped against the imponderabilities of the British weather, he carries an umbrella.  Ali teams in his sleuthing with Sir Henry Westlake of Scotland Yard.  Since the prime suspect is the princess's bodyguard, a member of the Moroccan Secret Service, Ali's work should be conducted with the utmost delicacy, but he actually exhibits such flagrantly tactless behavior he proves to be a constant source of amazement to his British colleagues. ... Wiht the help of MI5, Inspector Ali eventually traps the perpetrator and identifies that person in an unsusual denoument.  ..."  Mr Chraibi was born in Morocco but has spent most of his life in Paris.  This is the third Inspecteur Ali novel.  Written in French no English translation available as of 2014.  (Kramer entry #420, p 342.)

130.  Dexter, Colin.  Death is Now My Neighbor.  New York:  Crown, 1996.  Call number:  PR 6054 E96 D43 1996.  "Sir Clixby Bream, the widowed [sic] master of Oxford's 'Lonsdale College', is about to retire.  Two of the college's senior dons, historian Denis Cornfiled and anthropologist Julina Storrs, are vying to replace him.  Meantime, in another part of Oxford, Rachel James is shot dead in her home.  A physiotherapist, Miss James was an atrtactive young woman without any obvious enemies.  James' murder is investigated by Colin Dexter's series character detectives Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis of the Thamse Valley Police.  As Morse and Lewis make their inquiries, newspaper reporter Geoffrey Owens, one of Miss James' neighbors, is also shot dead, and forensic tests show that both victims were assassinated with the same hand gun.  A complex tale with tentacles into London as well as Oxford ..."  See previous entries for Colin Dexter for biographical information.  (Kramer entry #433, p 344.)