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It is 1898, and Professor Concordia Wells has come to expect the hectic routine of classes, clubs, teas, and the inevitable student pranks at the women's college. If only she could avoid the cantankerous dean, Randolph Maynard, who has learned about her past experiences as a "lady sleuth." To Concordia’s dismay, he scrutinizes her every move for evidence of unseemly conduct.
The dean will certainly scowl over the lady professor's behavior when a disastrous turn of events affects those she loves. First, a mysterious woman claims that Concordia's young friend, the eleven-year-old Eli, is her long-lost child. Soon after, they find the woman murdered and the boy gone.
Lieutenant Capshaw is given the case, only to be abruptly replaced by a junior associate. An innocuous reassignment, or something more?
Concordia calls upon a former ally, Penelope Hamilton, for help. As they search for the child and untangle the mystery of his mother's death, Concordia realizes that not even her own colleagues are above suspicion. Not knowing whom at the school to trust as she attempts to sidestep Dean Maynard's continual scrutiny, she must tread carefully. Far more is at risk than the loved ones she seeks to protect, and there is no turning back.
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By Betababe on 04-25-18
The Law of Awareness again comes into play. I just finished another book with this same underlying topic.
Equality of women, roughly half the human population, remains an issue world wide. Physical differences among people (and there are MANY!) notwithstanding, the basic concept that "all men are created equal" (using the gender neuter concept of the word "men") *should* be honored equally at law, within society, and at large, with every effort to remove barricades and obstacles to permitting each person to achieve to the best of his, her or its ability! Color, creed, race, politics, gender, physical condition, and age should each be regarded only as an attribute of the individual and not a defining principle, especially as a great many of those characteristics are subject to change. But, sadly, humans still find a need to hang tags and use them to create barriers. And gender is still a major stumbling ground despite huge strides in awareness and efforts to eliminate misperceptions and prejudices.
Now (above rant over), let us move back in time a century plus and visit a women's college. The idea of women, especially those of more genteel backgrounds, working outside the home or achieving in any realm other than housekeeping, child-rearing, and entertainment (society hostess plus husband's possession) is virtually unthinkable--and women are not especially encouraged to think. Enter Miss Cordelia Wells who not only has managed to achieve an education but is now *working!* as a college professor (naturally a very genteel women's institution). She also manages to become embroiled in other people's problems and has become adept at using her formidable powers of observation to help resolve them. And thereby hangs a tale. In fact this is the third such, although I haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the earlier two. Fortunately any references to prior cases are as fully fleshed as needed and this one stands well on its own.
I further had the pleasure of listening (AUDIOBOOK) to Beckett McGough's excellent narration as she provided a wide variety of voices, accents, and distinct characters in a beautifully modulated presentation. Overall a delightfully told and read story!
By omnireader on 04-23-18
An exciting and action packed installment
The third installment in the Concordia Wells historical mystery is exciting and action-packed. Who knew that life at a Connecticut Women's College at the turn of the 20th century could be so exciting. The characters are likable for the most part and the plot is twisty. It is very well narrated by Becket Royce. I hope there will be more audiobooks in this series.