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Physical Education by Maggie Barbieri

Physical Education by Maggie Barbieri is the sixth book in the “Murder 101″ mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur, November 2011

Catching a murderer or taking over the victim’s job as basketball coach—for veteran sleuth and college professor Alison Bergeron, sport is a fate worse than death.

College English professor and sometime amateur sleuth Alison Bergeron would’ve been thrilled to hear that her husband, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, was leaving Homicide if that were the whole story, but it turns out that Bobby’s next assignment is even worse—undercover. As if that weren’t bad enough, Alison is forced to take over the women’s basketball team after the coach dies of a heart attack during a game. She may not know much about basketball, but she’s no stranger to sleuthing—so it isn’t long before she suspects that the coach’s death may be more than unexpected, but premeditated as well.

With Bobby deep undercover and Alison always on her way to deep trouble, it’s only a matter of time before they run smack into each other in Physical Education, the latest in Maggie Barbieri’s charming Murder 101 mystery series.

Once again, Alison finds herself involved in another murder and with her new husband being scarce; she wonders what he is hiding. Determined to uncover the truth behind her best friend’s removal from the church, Alison embarks on a search for the truth. What a great read! This well-written and evenly-paced story was an enjoyable read. From the moment the dead body was found, we are taken on a journey of lies, secrets, betrayal and some fun as we watch a tenacious Alison seek out clues in an investigation that nobody wants her on. With a mystery that will keep you turning the pages, this is the author’s best work ever in this heartwarming and charming series.

A Day In The Life Of Alison Bergeron by Maggie Barbieri

The wet kisses that cover my face at daybreak? I’d love to say that they are compliments of my husband, Detective Bobby Crawford, homicide investigator extraordinaire, but really, they come from a voluptuous, hairy, canine whose fidelity to me is well known and respected by all. Her name is Trixie Bergeron-Crawford and although she would die for me, she is also an inveterate shoe thief. Today’s target? A pair of three-inch high black suede pumps, a gift from my very rich and very shoe-addicted friend, Max Rayfield, a woman known for her fashion sense if not her tact.

Crawford and I usually part ways a little after seven in the morning that is if he hasn’t had a court appearance or decided to pull some overtime. He usually admonishes me to “mind my own business” and/or not “find any dead bodies” because I’ve been known to mind others’ business and find a dead body or two since we’ve been together. We met while he was investigating the murder of a co-ed—a student at the university where I teach—and I was a person of interest, aforementioned co-ed having had an affair with my dear, departed, ex-husband. Being married to a cop has its advantages, I think…wait, I’ll come up with something…oh, yeah, I can usually talk my way out of speeding tickets…but we do spend a lot of time apart and that is definitely a disadvantage. So far, we’ve managed to make things work but let me tell you, it isn’t easy. Trying to keep the flame burning with a guy who often smells like things I don’t even want to imagine and wears a gun at both his hip and his ankle is definitely a challenge.

I need a lot of coffee to start my day. My job teaching college students isn’t particularly taxing in a physical way, but mentally, it would challenge the most intellectual of souls. Your garden variety creative writing course is made up of equal parts kids who think it’s an easy A, writers of future Great American Novels, and others who need three more credits in English to graduate. See where I’m going here? I manage to stay engaged because I think I was born to teach, even if I show some impatience every now and again with the teenagers I encounter every day.

What I wasn’t born to do was sleuth, even though the last several years have shown me that I’m pretty darned good at it and that of late, trouble has a way of finding me. There was the body in the trunk of my stolen car, my missing neighbor who turned up dead in her back yard, the death of the poor kid who painted my dining room, the drugs that were found in my toilet, and the guy who came into a coffee shop while I was minding my own business and dropped dead in front of me. I’m no smarter than your average college professor but I find that by asking the right questions, the right answers are usually given to me. I call it my “gift.” Crawford calls it “annoying.”

Then again, he would. No one likes a smartypants, particularly when they come to the right conclusion before the professionals do.

So that’s my story. My latest adventure has me involved with Crawford’s ex-wife, her late brother, and another woman named Sassy Du Pris, who is becoming a giant pain in my behind, not to mention a person of interest in a couple of burglaries and possibly a murder.

I hope I find her before she finds me.


You can read more about Maggie in PHYSICAL EDUCATION, the sixth book in the “Murder 101” mystery series. The first book in the series is MURDER 101.

Maggie Barbieri is the author of the Murder 101 mystery series featuring college professor Alison Bergeron, a modern-day Nancy Drew with a nose for murder and mayhem. The sixth book in the series–PHYSICAL EDUCATION–will be published on November 22nd. When Maggie isn’t writing mysteries, she is editing college textbooks. Maggie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, son, needy and emotional West Highland Terrier, and domineering Maine Coon cat. Visit Maggie at maggiebarbieri.com

** Maggie has generously offered to give away one copy of PHYSICAL EDUCATION. To enter, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment box with your comment. One entry per person and this is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Contest ends on November 23rd at 6pm EST. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Third Degree by Maggie Barbieri

Third Degree by Maggie Barbieri is the fifth book in the “Murder 101” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur, November 2010

On her way to meet her boyfriend’s parents, college professor Alison Bergeron stops by a coffee shop to steel her resolve. It’s a big event. Not only is it the first time she’s met NYPD detective Bobby Crawford’s entire family, but it’s coming on the heels of a wedding proposal that she has left unanswered so far.

Then, as she steps into the shop, a brawl breaks out that ends in the death of Carter Wilmott, a merciless and loathed local blogger. The case couldn’t be any simpler, and Alison witnessed the whole thing, but when Wilmott’s car explodes in the aftermath, what looked to be a crime of passion becomes something far more complicated and maybe even premeditate.

With Alison and Bobby involved in the case and with each other, readers are in for a treat. Third Degree, the latest in Maggie Barbieri’s charming mystery series, is one heated mystery with plenty of steamy romance and cunning villains who are about to get burned.

All Alison wanted was a cup of coffee. A punch in the eye. A man dying. A simple yes will do. Max and her new ideas. What’s up with Kevin? And it all started with the upcoming meeting of the Crawford family. What is a person supposed to do, but stick her nose where it doesn’t belong and finds herself involved in several mysteries and entanglements? There were several heart-warming moments that left me choked up. This was an awesome read and the best one yet in this delightful series. Like fine wine, this series improves with time. My rating: 5 stars

Final Exam by Maggie Barbieri

Final Exam by Maggie Barbieri is the fourth book in the “Murder 101” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, December 2009

St. Thomas, the small college north of New York City where Professor Alison Bergeron teaches, has had its share of scandals involving both its students and its staff, not to mention Alison herself, so when a resident director goes missing the administration wants to keep a lid on it. With only five weeks left in the semester and no time to interview replacements, Alison is tapped for the job. An alumna of the college, Alison knows all about living in the dorms. Even a short stay is like doing hard time, and she will do anything to avoid reliving her college days any more than she has to.

Her only way out: Track down the reluctant RD and drag him back kicking and screaming if need be. Luckily, she doesn’t have to look further than the drugs he had hidden in his bathroom to get her boyfriend, Detective Bobby Crawford, on the case.

With plenty of sneaking around both on campus and off, Alison and Bobby link up once again in Final Exam, the wildest adventure yet from this outstanding mystery talent.

A missing resident director. Alison has to stay in the dorm. Max has left her newlywed husband. Kevin has displeased the higher power. Crawford looks out for Alison. What do they all have in common? Joining Alison in her next adventures in finding the missing RD so that she can go back to her home and coming across some nasty business that entangles some of her college students. I love this series and it keeps getting better and better. This is the best book in the series thus far and I can’t wait to see what new adventures Alison gets into next time. My rating: 4.5 stars

Quick Study by Maggie Barbieri

Quick Study by Maggie Barbieri is the third book in the “A Murder 101” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, December 2008

ollege English professor Alison Bergeron thought that dating a cute NYPD detective like Bobby Crawford would be exciting and involve a lot of riding around in cruisers and putting away sleazy crooks, but he has yet to invite her on any stakeouts. . . .

Then when a friend asks her to help him find his nephew, she goes to Bobby for advice only to find out that he already knows about the case. He pulled the boy out of the Hudson River a few days earlier. The boy’s employer calls it an accident, but Alison and Bobby aren’t convinced.

With matchmaking and sleuthing to spare, staying out of trouble isn’t on the syllabus when Alison and Bobby team up in Quick Study, Maggie Barbieri’s most outrageous outing yet.

Features Dr. Alison Bergeron, a college professor, her boyfriend, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford and her best friend Max.  In this caper which involves shoddy construction and illegal immigrants, Alison becomes embroiled when one of the guys painting her home is missing and then is discovered dead.  Crawford tells her to stay out of it, but Alison being an amateur sleuth seeks the answers when she thinks the cops won’t do too much since the victim is an illegal immigrant.  Along the way, Alison meets Crawford’s two daughters and has to deal with Max’s marital woes.  I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series.