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Final Exam

Maggie Barbieri

Mass Market Paperback

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Hardcover (12/8/2009)


St. Thomas, the small college north of New York City where Professor Alison Bergeron teaches, has had its share of scandals—on and off campus; among both students and staff; and, lo and behold, with Alison herself. So when one of St. Thomas’s resident directors goes mysteriously, scandalously missing, the administration wants to keep a lid on it. With only five weeks left in the semester and no time to interview replacements, Alison is tapped for the job.

An alumna of the college, Alison knows all about living in the dorms. Even a short stay is like doing hard time. Her only way out: To take it upon herself to track down the RD and get back to the business of being a real adult—and have real sleepovers with her adult boyfriend, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford. But, as she and Bobby are about to discover, the plot of this case is more complicated than, say, a Shakespeare play…and when it comes to solving crimes on campus, there’s only pass or fail.

Praise For Final Exam

Praise for


“Cute and cozy… Barbieri, the daughter of an NYC cop, has a nice, light touch with a procedural.”—Daily News (New York) 

“The secret to a good mystery series is an appealing character…Maggie Barbieri came up with a winner in her first book, and her amateur sleuth, Alison Bergeron, is still provoking laughs and sympathy in the fourth entry, Final Exam…What follows is a romp, a serious situation, and a study of what it’s like to be young and stupid. Barbieri aces this exam.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Barbieri mixes chick lit with a cozy mystery for a lively tale that fans of Susan Kandel will appreciate.”—Library Journal

Quick Study

“Barbieri scores again with this high-octane blend of romance, laughs, and chills.”
Publishers Weekly

“Mystery, romance, and humor blend seamlessly…Reminiscent of the Plum series, this one is not to be missed.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick!)

Extracurricular Activities

“Barbieri’s in top form as she delivers her smooth sequel to her witty debut.”—Publishers Weekly

“Quirky, romantic…fashionable, free-spirited [and] intense ”—Tampa Tribune

“Will please readers who like action and romance in the same package.”—Booklist

“Alison’s still a charmer.”—Kirkus Reviews

Murder 101

“Sparkling…romance, humor, and suspense blend perfectly in this exceptional cozy, the first of what hopefully will be a long series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A romantic ending and the furthering of a girlfriend bond that we hope to enjoy in murder mysteries to come.”—More

“An entertaining debut.”—Booklist

“With wit and verve—a spot-on rendering of the jungles of academia.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

Minotaur Books, 9780312376789, 352pp.

Publication Date: November 30, 2010

About the Author

Maggie Barbieri is a freelance editor as well as a mystery novelist. Her father was a member of the New York Police Department, and his stories about being a motorcycle patrolman and a beat cop provide much of the background for her mysteries. This is her fourth Murder 101 mystery.. She lives in Westchester County, New York. Visit: