Murder as A Second Language

Murder as A Second Language

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Claire Malloy--now a married woman of leisure--tries her hand at volunteering, but instead lands her right in the middle of another murder investigation

Longtime bookseller and single mother, Claire Malloy has recently married her long term beau and moved out of her less than opulent apartment into a sprawling, newly remodeled house. Her daughter, Caron, is making plans for college. All of which leaves Claire with something she hasn't had in quite a while: spare time.

When her attempts to learn French cooking start getting "mixed" reviews, she agrees to help Caron and her best friend Inez in fluffing up their college applications by volunteering as an ESL tutor with the Farberville Literacy Council. But her modest effort to give back quickly becomes a nightmare when she's railroaded onto the Board of Directors of the troubled nonprofit. Vandalism, accusations of embezzlement, epic budget problems, and a cacophony of heavily-accented English speakers are just the tip of the iceberg. Just as she decides that it might be best to extricate herself, Claire gets a frantic call from her husband, Deputy Chief Peter Rosen. One of the students, an older Russian woman named Ludmilla, famed for her unpleasantness, has been murdered in the offices of the Farberville Literary Council. For the first time ever, Peter actually asks Claire for her help, and Hess brings a new depth to this fan-favorite series, in Murder as a Second Language .

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250011961
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: HESS, J


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Mar 10, 2016

i just started reading this book. What the heck.. the one in charge of the "English as a Second Language" program is named Keiko and pronounces "Malloy" as "Marroy". Is this 1960s style racism?

Jul 09, 2014

Always enjoy Joan Hess and her mystery cozy books.

bookfanatic1979 Dec 26, 2013

I never really understood why Claire felt the urge to meddle in this case, nor why on earth people readily opened up to her and answered all her questions. The writing and the likeable supporting characters more than make up for whatever annoying little quirks Claire has. I did miss Caron’s tendency to sass back in Capital Letters, but it was nice to see her acting more like a grown up on some occasions.


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