Extracurricular Activities by Maggie Barbieri

I so enjoyed Barbieri's first murder mystery novel, Murder 101, that I was eager to ILL this follow-up title, and ended up reading it just as quickly!

Alison Bergeron, and English professor at a private college, is back, and this time caught up in a murder close to her life and former love: ex-husband Ray turns up dead in her kitchen.

This sets off a fast-paced read with a wedding, the Mob, a golden retriever, more murders, and the continued story of Alison's entanglement with NYPD detective Crawford. I think my favorite parts of these books is the pas de deux between Alison and Crawford, and Barbieri deftly weaves a romance novel into a mystery novel, keeping both aspects balanced and imminently readable.

I can't wait to read more about Alison and Crawford, so the next novel in the series is already on my "to be read" list! These are great titles for a lighter mystery read - highly recommended!