The New York Times bestselling author of More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Death at Breakfast delivers the second installment in her clever romp of a mystery series combining social comedy and dark-hearted murder a novel set at a girls boarding school in a picturesque Hudson River town with more than its share of secretsSince retiring as head of a famous New York City private school, Maggie Detweiler is busier than ever. Chairing a team to evaluate the faltering Rye Manor School for girls, she will determine whether, in spite of its fabled past, the school has a future at all. With so much on the line for so many, tensions on campus are at an excruciating pitch, and Maggie expects to be as welcome as a case of Ebola virus.At a reception for the faculty and trustees to welcome Maggies team, no one seems more keen for all to go well than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and respected in spite of her afflictionthat she can never stop talking.Florence is one of those dedicated teachers for whom the school is her life, and yet the next morning, when Maggie arrives to observe her teaching, Florence is missing. Florences husband, Ray, an auxiliary policeman in the village, seems more annoyed than alarmed at her disappearance. But Florences sister is distraught. There have been tensions in the marriage, and at their last visit, Florence had warned, If anything happens to me, dont assume its an accident.Two days later, Florences body is found in the campus swimming pool.Maggie is asked to stay on to coach the very young and inexperienced head of Rye Manor through the crisis. Maggie obviously knows schools, but she also knows something about investigating murder, having solved a mysterious death in Maine the previous year when the police went after the wrong suspect. She is soon joined by her madcap socialite friend Hope, who is jonesing for an excuse to ditch her book club anyway, before she has to actually read Silas Marner.What on earth is going on in this idyllic town? Is this a run-of-the-mill marital murder? Or does it have something to do with the school board treasurers real estate schemes? And what is up with the vicious cyber-bullying thats unsettled everyone, or with the disturbed teenaged boy whom Florence had made a pet of? And is it possible that someone killed Florence just so shed finally shut up?...
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The Affliction (Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin #2) Reviews
I received this book through Goodreads giveaways. A murder mystery unlike any I have read. The author introduced multiple characters through out the book and it was a bit of a challenge to keep the characters straight. The plot was interesting; however, with so many different characters it was like the author added multiple focus points that distracted from the main plot. The beginning was slow, it sped up, then slowed back down. It wasn't horrible but it's not something I could pick up and read ...more
Maggie Detweiler is to determine the future of the school when one of it's teacher's is murdered. Did the usual suspect, the teacher's husband, murder her? It seems so, but there are other suspects— and an interesting cast of characters. The story flows and held my interest. I found the ending a bit unsettling and thus went from 4 stars down to 3 stars. Others might really like the ending and rate it higher.
This murder mystery definitely kept me turning the pages long past my bedtime. Intriguing with enough plot twists to maintain the element of suspense.
I had not realized this as the second in a series about two middle-aged women turned self-styled detectives. (Have since requested Death at Breakfast from the local library to remedy the situation.) Nonetheless, my understanding was not at all lessened. The central characters were described throughly. Especially fond of Hope, what a terrific chara ...more
I don’t consider myself a mystery reader, but every time I pick one up I end up enjoying it. Such was the case with The Affliction, which hovers in the cozy mystery category, although I’m not sure it really fits that mold. Maggie finds herself, in the course of helping a failing private school, drawn in to a murder investigation with a victim to was both beloved and irritating, depending on who you asked. Eventually, Maggie’s best friend Hope starts helping, as well, and together they m ...more
Rating 4.5. Maggie Detweiler and her friend, Hope, are investigating what begins as a missing persons case and becomes a murder. Maggie and Hope are wonderful characters. Maggie is your expert in all things school related, and Hope is a bit of a wild child, who thinks outside the box and thus uncovers things that otherwise might not come into play. She's also a hoot! The little asides between Maggie and Hope are lots of fun. Everyone should have a friendship in their lives like Maggie and Hope. ...more
Lovely neat little murder mystery set at a boarding school in New York State. I'm not sure everyone fully appreciates how firmly Gutcheon has set her finger on independent schools- the students, the teachers, the administrators, and the trustees. She's also got a nice twist on a certain class of New Yorker. Never does she condescend but she sure does twist the knife a bit. Very cool. This second novel featuring Maggie and her side kick Hope find the two of them trying to solve the murder of a te ...more
Small town murder mystery with an interesting set of characters. Maggie is hired to evaluate a small private girls school and ends up helping to solve the murder of one the teachers.
Florence has an affliction - she can't stop talking. Did someone murder her just to get her to stop talking? Was it her policeman husband? Is there more going on with the students and the cyber-bullying?
Enough going on to keep you reading.
DRC from Edelweiss and Harper Collins
A terrific murder mystery with some interesting and well written characters.
I haven't read the first book in the series hence, it took me a while to figure out the characters and the author's storytelling. 2 self-declared detectives trying to solve a murder mystery beautifully wrapped up with a lot of boarding school drama and mysteries. Maggie and Hope, two kickass women, are back together after a tiff and ready to kick asses.
I particularly loved how specific the author was with her ch ...more