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Publisher's Summary

St. Michael's College, Cambridge, is prestigious, stately - and in frightful disrepair. To replenish its dwindling coffers, the College's Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the glamorous - and despised - Lexy Laurant is found strangled on the grounds. There's a lengthy list of likely suspects: Lexy's debt-ridden Latino lover, her titled ex-husband who left her for another woman, and a garrulous oil-rich Texan with something to hide, among others.

As Detective Chief Inspector St. Just weighs clashing egos, he discovers unsavory secrets...and a most shocking twist.

©2010 G.M. Malliet (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

"The reader who hasn't yet discovered Malliet's St. Just Mystery series has a real treat in store... Malliet's writing is both smooth and elegant and her humor delicious." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"Fans of Dorothy Sayers's novels and other Golden Age British mysteries will enjoy this contemporary salute, which even includes the traditional gathering of suspects at the end when the detective reveals all." (Library Journal)

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Pales in comparison to Malliet's other novels

This was an okay listen. It's well narrated, and the characters are fun, like Malliet's other St. Just novels. However - this one really left me feeling flat. It seems to get tied up too quickly, without really having left proper clues. It's as though the author got tired of writing and said, "well, I'll just make this character be the culprit". The characters also were not as well developed as in some other books by this author.

Like I said, it was ok, but if you haven't read G.M. Malliet before, I'd suggest Death of a Cozy Writer (St. Just) or Wicked Autumn (a Max Tudor mystery).

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  • 09-28-14

Americans are stereotypes, and not good ones!

Would you listen to Death at the Alma Mater again? Why?

Good story, but the Americans portrayed are such jerks, and such cliched stereotypes, it is laughable. Better to leave them out.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

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Malliet Does It Again

Davina Porter takes you straight inside the story. I love the humor when you least expect it! Three cheers for a story well told and a narrator who gives the characters so much life!!