Death Without Tenure: A Professor Karen Pelletier Mystery (Hardcover)

A Professor Karen Pelletier Mystery

By Joanne Dobson

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590585856, 230pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010



Karen Pelletier is about to realize her dream. After six years in the English Department at New England's exclusive Enfield College, she is up for a tenured position. But when her rival for the one available tenured spot is found dead from an overdose of Peyote buttons, Karen is first on the list of suspects. Now a homicide cop with a grudge against Lieutenant Charlie Piotrowski, the love of Karen's life, is breathing down her neck.

On campus, political passions rage, inflamed by the politically-correct English Department chair and by the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Whiteness Studies. Two of Karen's favorite students are caught up in the furor.

Will Karen be able to survive the investigation, protect her students, and find a permanent niche in the world of academe, all without her beloved Charlie, now serving with the National Guard in Iraq?

About the Author

Joanne Dobson teaches English at Fordham University. Her first Professor Karen Pelletier academic mystery was an Agatha nominee. She and her husband live in the New York City area and have three grown children.

Praise For Death Without Tenure: A Professor Karen Pelletier Mystery

" This sixth series title (after The Maltese Manuscript ) shows off Dobson's command of feeding readers small clues that lead them in circles until the solution is revealed. Fans of academic mysteries will savor this one."          -- Library Journal

"Fans will enjoy the New England English professor who puts aside her companion The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson to investigate who killed her rival."   -- Midwest Book Review