Extra Credit by Maggie Barbieri
(Murder 101)

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As a newcomer to the series, I found this vapid rubbish, apart from mildly amusing passages in the middle third. So if you are already a fan based on the earlier books, presumably this is more of the same and you will enjoy this. If you are trying to decide whether to sample this author, do not under any circumstances start with Extra Credit.
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Alison Bergeron has her doubts about hosting a birthday party for her twin stepdaughters, seeing as it'll include all of her new husband's ex-in-laws. Still, she's a good sport, and everyone has a great time, especially the girls, who receive $10,000 from their estranged uncle, Chick.

The girls' father, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, and Christine, his ex, think the gift is too much. When Crawford swings by Chick's apartment to return it, he finds Chick dead, with roughly $250,000 stuffed in his mattress. The death is ruled a suicide, but Christine isn't convinced, and even Alison can't help but admit that there must be a lot more to Chick's death than meets the eye.

Extra Credit, the latest in Maggie Barbieri's stellar Murder 101 series, finds Alison and Bobby delving into family secrets they'd both rather leave untouched.

 

About Maggie Barbieri

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MAGGIE BARBIERI is a freelance editor as well as a mystery novelist. Her father was a member of the NYPD, and his stories provide much of the background for her novels.
 
Published December 11, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Mar 23 2013

As a newcomer to the series, I found this vapid rubbish, apart from mildly amusing passages in the middle third. So if you are already a fan based on the earlier books, presumably this is more of the same and you will enjoy this. If you are trying to decide whether to sample this author, do not under any circumstances start with Extra Credit.

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