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Monday, December 31, 2007

Review: Calamity Jayne Goes to College

Calamity Jayne Goes to College
by Kathleen Bacus

Back in college for the fourth time, reporter Tressa Jayne Turner finds her quest for higher education thwarted by a new mystery, a campus criminal, a crazy roommate, a botched betrothal, and a hot guy who wants to save her from herself.

This is the fourth installment in the Tressa Jayne Turner Mystery series, but it's my first encounter with this spunky cub reporter/amateur detective. It will not be my last! I'm looking forward to catching up with what has happened before and, also, the upcoming books.

Not only does Kathleen Bacus bring Tressa Jayne (or "Calamity Jayne", as she is dubbed) to life, in all her blondeness, but she also "blesses" her with multiple men in her life. What is a girl to do?

In Tressa's case, get into a load of trouble while solving the mystery in good old Ellery Queen style. All the clues are there for the savvy reader to discover, but (in this reader's case, anyway) they are subtle enough that the villain is not revealed too soon.

The mystery and suspense is lightened by the humor Kathleen Bacus brings to play in the interactions between Tressa and the other characters. I read some of it to my husband and he laughed so hard as some of the situations they found themselves in, he almost had to pull off the road.

If you enjoy a mystery with a bit of humor thrown in, this is a book for you.



Reviewed by Rose

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