The Pawful Truth (Cat in the Stacks Mystery Book 11) by Miranda James
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 1.3 Mb
The Pawful Truth : In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed.
Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie’s death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another more sinister motive? Charlie races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line…
“Is there a problem?” I asked.
The professor shook his head. “Not at all. I am wondering, however, why you are auditing my class rather than taking it for credit. Though we have not met before today, like everyone at Athena I am aware of your reputation for assisting in local murder investigations. Surely you’re not intimidated by the intellectual demands of the course.”
“No, it’s not that,” I said, somewhat defensively. His tone had not been dismissive or in any way negative, and I suddenly realized that my initial reaction was due to my own insecurities, not to his remarks. “I haven’t been in the classroom for over twenty-five years, and though I am thoroughly interested in the subject, I’m not sure I want to work that hard.”
“Doing well in this course takes effort and ability,” Warriner said. “Don’t underestimate yourself. I think you should consider taking the course for credit.”
I shrugged. “I’ll think about it, but I don’t believe I’ll change my mind. If you’d rather I dropped the class because of that, I will, though I’d be deeply disappointed.”
Warriner flashed a smile. “No need for that. How about this? You turn in the first two assignments; let me see what you can do with them. If neither of us is satisfied with the results, I won’t push you into taking the class for credit, and you can audit.”
I considered that for a moment. I wondered why this mattered to him, but I had to admit he intrigued me with his offer. “All right, I’ll do that.”