May 28

A Buzz about Campus: The Oak Grove Chronicles: Book 1 Book Review

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Without gratuitous gore and steamy sex, A Buzz About Campus is a captivating mystery. In the fictional California county of Oak Grove, the university's provost dies in his office, the victim of an apparent heart attack. But the autopsy reveals that he was murdered–by a means most diabolical.

The unusual crime is investigated by Alan Bluestein, Senior Detective in the sheriff's department, and Professor Laura Mancini, a forensic archaeologist at the university. Bluestein and Mancini enjoy an evolving relationship based on mutual trust and respect even though lust simmers just below the surface. Insights into faculty life and pokes at administrators will amuse readers familiar with universities. Taking unexpected twists and turns, the quest to identify the killer is a warmhearted blend of silly and serious that will intrigue and delight the reader.

 

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Review – I was mildly intrigued by the concept of the story but was a little hesitant to read because of the cover and blurb. Let me tell you, they DO NOT do this story justice.

The writing was fantastic, the characters were witty, and I flew through this book. I hope to read more in this seriesĀ  and I hope the author redoes the cover and blurb to hit the market a little better because this series could really take off!

 

About the Author -Born in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, Annette's family moved to Los Angeles when she was one year old. She had what she considered to be a very typical life in a household with a father who worked at the family dry cleaning business, an at-home mom (from whom Annette gets her silly side and somewhat warped imagination). Annette considered her life to be ordinary until she met the love of her life, Michael Brian Schiffer, at the ripe old age of 17. They got married during their senior year at UCLA, graduated, and continued on what has been a life-long adventure together. After Michael finished graduate school at the University of Arizona, they lived for two years in Fayetteville, Arkansas and spent almost 40 years in Tucson, Arizona where Mike was a professor at the U of A. They retired to Alexandria, Virginia.

Follow Annette and Michael on Facebook (Boulangerie Press), their web page, www.boulangeriepress.com, Instagram, boulangeriepress and Twitter, @MichaelBrianSc1.


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  1. Based on your review, I’d love to read this book. I agree that the cover didn’t really catch my attention.

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