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A stalker. A liar. A dead man.

A mysterious letter-writer causes havoc on the idyllic Bader University campus. After a professor receives numerous poison pen letters more and more threatening in nature, Josie Tucker is on the case...grudgingly.

All the grumpy food blogger wants is to be left in peace with her dog, her man, and her laptop. She certainly doesn't need her own gang of meddling kids. Now, she's the leader of their pack.

©2016 EM Kaplan (P)2017 EM Kaplan

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A found a new series and a new narrator!

I enjoy mystery books that have great suspense, good writing, and are light and funny with a hint of darkness. I have exhausted Molly Harper books, Diana Rowland books and Jesse Petesen books. Those books all have a supernatural twist (although Harper's Rythm and Bluegrass series is normal). This series is very comparable to those minus the supernatural. The author is witty and the plot is fun. It is well-written with great suspense and a satisfying ending. The character are well-developed and likable. The narrator is excellent and a perfect match for the main character. She performs each of the other characters with aplomb.

The strength of this book is the original plot idea and the situational comedy. Having an adult go undercover to a university and live in the dorms provides for hilarious situations. It is made believable by the fact that a large donor requests that Josie be assigned to the case and that she is a licensed, if inexperienced private detective. The way colleges cover up crimes (rape, theft, corruption) is well-known, so this is very believable.

The main character is a lovable but grouchy character--the kind of role usually reserved for men like Al Bundy, Jay Pritchett (same guy, updated character), Archie Bunker, Frazier and Walter Mattau. She is like Sue Slyvester in Glee but nicer. Her old friends and the new friends that she forms into a "Scobbie" sort of gang are delightful. One of the funniest scenes is when she realizes that her college crew isn't familiar with the "Scobbie Doo" show and one of the kids refers to Shaggy as a hipster. He doesn't know the difference between a hipster and a real hippy. Later in the conversation, it is revealed that they are confusing "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with "Twilight." Josie responds by requiring that they all come over to a mandatory "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" binge watching session at the conclusion of the case because she is worried about their lack of cultural knowledge. This is a great book.

I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or pubisher in exchange for an honest review.

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A fun college cozy

This was a cute cozy mystery on a college campus. So the main character Josie is an adult but is voluntold to help figure out a stalker mystery of a professor on campus. The professor is kind of a cocky jerk with some unethical habits. As she is trying to masquerade as a student, live in the dorms, and eat the atrocious cafeteria food provided she stumbles into another seemingly unrelated mystery. With her band of scoobies they try and figure out what is going on. This was a light fun cozy. The narrator did a great job with all of the characters. Having never listened to the series before, I realized there must have been another book before this that could possibly better explain the character's past, but as a stand alone it was good. I look forward to finding the others in the series. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Story.

I enjoyed the story. Even thought it was a book 3 and i have not read 1 and 2, i had no problem following. The narrator did a great job. I look forward to reading more in this series. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Dorm Life Revisited

If you like funny with your mysteries, this is a book for you. The horrors of dorm living (at least mine wasn't co-ed!) were brought back to ghoulish life; and campus food? I lost 30 lbs. my freshman year (regrettably all long since reacquired but let's not go there). This tale is the third in the series although only the first I've read, and there are lots of references to the prior capers but the story stands alone quite nicely. Rounding out the goodness, I enjoyed the clear narration and vocalizations of Kate Warner on the AUDIO version.

Disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Vibrant Characters

I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Man on Campus and highly recommend it!
The characters are quirky, charming, bitchy, hunky, funny and all of them came alive and present through the talent and skill of narrator Kate Warner. So many different characters inhabit the story and each one made distinct and so real that it seemed they were in the room with me.
I prefer this sort of mystery, no graphic gore, a thinking person's who done it. The author is clever, amusing and skillful. I look forward to the next in the series.

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Funny mystery

Really enjoyed listening to this, great mystery. Josie is great, especially when she is “hangry”. The narrator was great and really brought Josie’s scarcastic attitude to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Fun and mayhem!

snark-fest, women-sleuths, mystery

What fun! Twentynine year old Josie getting planted as an undergrad doesn't sound too bad, but she has to live in a freshman dorm! The timing of this assignment is very unfortunate, but she does feel obligated to help find the professor's stalker. A couple of conventional students become her "Scooby Gang" and more madness ensues. The plot is well crafted and the characters certainly are, and the laughs are as entertaining as the suspense! Great light reading.
Kate Warner is absolutely perfect for this! She's got the chirpy and the snarky down to a science.
I requested and received a free audio copy via AudioBookBOOM.

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Fun book

I enjoyed the mystery and humor of a food blogger and ameture sleuth. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Great!

Fun mystery with great narration! I really enjoyed this audio!

**I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review**

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Modern day Columbo

This was a good book, but not very deep and the characters were difficult to really connect with. The story telling was very good, the narrator did a great job and I would listen to her again.