Extra Credit

Extra Credit Alison Bergeron has her doubts about hosting a birthday party for her twin stepdaughters seeing as it ll include all of her new husband s ex in laws Still she s a good sport and everyone has a grea

  • Title: Extra Credit
  • Author: Maggie Barbieri
  • ISBN: 9781250001887
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alison Bergeron has her doubts about hosting a birthday party for her twin stepdaughters, seeing as it ll include all of her new husband s ex in laws Still, she s a good sport, and everyone has a great time, especially the girls, who receive 10,000 from their estranged uncle, Chick.The girls father, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, and Christine, his ex, think the gift isAlison Bergeron has her doubts about hosting a birthday party for her twin stepdaughters, seeing as it ll include all of her new husband s ex in laws Still, she s a good sport, and everyone has a great time, especially the girls, who receive 10,000 from their estranged uncle, Chick.The girls father, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, and Christine, his ex, think the gift is too much When Crawford swings by Chick s apartment to return it, he finds Chick dead, with roughly 250,000 stuffed in his mattress The death is ruled a suicide, but Christine isn t convinced, and even Alison can t help but admit that there must be a lot to Chick s death than meets the eye.Extra Credit, the latest in Maggie Barbieri s stellar Murder 101 series, finds Alison and Bobby delving into family secrets they d both rather leave untouched.

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    1. I tend to purchase this series as soon as it is published and then save iteasure the coming readuntil I know that it is time for a never to disappoint you time. So, although many have read this book timely was 'my' time the past two days.Professor Alison Bergeron, is a character that is likeable. Alison, in prior novels (six) got married to a Homicide Detective, Bobby Crawford. This was a second marriage for both. Bobby didn't come alonehe came with two older daughters, both now in colleges.Alis [...]

    2. I love this series and am concerned that this is her last book starring Professor Bergeron. On her website, she says that her next book is going to be totally different. I love Professor Bergeron, Max, Detective Crawford, and I love Trixie best of all. I will miss Trixie! I have rarely been so frightened that a series is ending. Her books have made me laugh and laugh. This is not a very intellectual review, but these are my feelings.

    3. (E-Lib) I enjoyed this one much better than the last one. Even though I felt sorry for Max, I still think she's beyond selfish and needy. Too bad Mary Lou turned out to be a bad guy; I was hoping she could be a new bud for Alison.

    4. Wow.This is the last book in Barbieri's Murder 101 series and I was hoping for the best. I was worried at first -- the plot is probably the oddest of any of Barbieri's books and that's saying something -- but I really needn't have. I'm glad I read it, I'm glad I was able to read it fairly quickly, and I'm feeling good with how it ended. I'm still sad that the series is over but Barbieri gets kudos for leaving me feeling satisfied. Well done!

    5. College professor Alison Bergeron continues to fumblingly make her best attempt at being a good stepmother in the latest addition to her series, & that leads her to once again do her fumbling best at crime detection as her husband's ex-in-laws get a whole lot more than they bargained for with the mysterious death of the family black sheep. Alison doesn't know what she's letting herself in for when she reluctantly agrees to host a birthday party for twin stepdaughters Erin & Meaghan, but [...]

    6. I love this series so opening this book was like visiting with old friends. Alison's sarcastic wit is always a winner with me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The mystery was cleverly convoluted with no clear villain or really any serious contenders until Ms. Barbieri was ready for things to unfold (although I did peg one of the wrong 'uns early on, I had no idea how that character fit into the grand scheme of things).This is a long book for a cozy mystery and while the dead body show [...]

    7. This is a part of a series starring Alison Bergeron, an English professor at a Catholic college in New York, and her NYPD detective husband, Bobby Crawford. As the plot opens, Alison is reluctantly hosting her husband's ex-in-laws during a birthday party for her twin stepdaughters. When the girls' estranged uncle shows up and gives them a lavish gift ($5000 each), suspicions are rasied as to where he got the money. When they try to return the money on the next day, they find him dead. Then the f [...]

    8. In Barbieri’s mystery novel, English professor Alison Bergeron hosts a birthday extravaganza for her husband Bobby’s twin daughters. Family comes in droves, including Bobby’s ex, who brings her second husband and four step kids for the ride. When the girl’s uncle dies of an overdose leaving a suicide note and a quarter of a million dollars in cash stuffed in his mattress, the party comes to a screeching halt. With his death come many questions: Where did he get his hands on all this cash [...]

    9. This is a good read - funny and a pretty good mystery. It's not particularly realistic from the law enforcement side, but it's entertaining and fun. The best friend who has to be coddled and gets mad if she's not the center of attention gets REAL old. She doesn't seem like much of a friend and I would tell the author that she should grow up. The hints that she behaves badly because she is worried about the main character getting too close to danger are pretty stupid.

    10. Now married to hunky detective Bobby Crawford, Professor Alison Bergeron is also "kin" to his ex-wife's family. When missing Uncle Chick appears in time for the twins' birthday, cards full of money in tow, both Bobby and his ex-wife agree the girls need to return the cash. This is easier said than done, as Chick's death propels Alison into another murder investigation. The life of a college professor seems much more exciting than one would think.

    11. Oh I'm so happy that this series made a great return after the last miserable book! I really like the characters, and the last book was so awful I thought that we'd never recover the magic that the first two books providedIS book is wonderful! The humor is back, the characters were on track and the plot is so tight and clean! It is so hooking, it made me laugh out loud, and in parts i cried.I am hoping the series continues, and at the bar that was set with this book!

    12. Looks like I came in at the last scene in a long-running, popular play. No matter. Barbieri's writing is mega-entertaining, even if the "of course I just keep doing stupid things!" chick-detective meme wore a little thin. What I liked: the ex-wife as sympathetic character which irritates Allison even more. The dialogue. The Catholic-college setting. The professorial life. What I didn't like: the stupidity of otherwise rational characters, especially in the dramatic finale.

    13. Alison Bergeron has plenty to do; the last thing she wants is to be involved with her husband's first wife Christine (now remarried), let alone Christine's crazy family. But when she and her husband have to run an errand to Christine's brother's apartment, they find him dead--and a lot of cash in his room. This mischance makes Alison the target for a lot of interested people, who think she knows more about the cash than she does.

    14. This is my first read in the Murder 101 series, and I liked it OK. Alison Bergeron is a professor married to a NYPD detective. Her struggles with her teenage stepdaughters, her husband's ex's crazy family, and the evil nuns where she teaches make up the bulk of the novel. This reminds me of a very East Coast attitude where people aren't particularly nice or polite to each other and are fairly uncharitable in their thoughts. That detracted for me, but the plotting was pretty good.

    15. Way to go Maggie. I love this story. How very difficult to write about Crawford's ex and her family! But it was brilliant. I hate to tell you how quickly I read this book, but I couldn't put it downnths to write, hours to read. This is one of my favorite series. Allison Bergeron just cannot keep herself far from trouble many months before the next book Maggie? HA HA

    16. I liked this book. I thought Alison had just about ran into all kinds of trouble so I wasn't sure what she was going to get involved in this time. The book kept me guessing until the end. It also ended nicely. Kind of makes me wonder if there will be anymore books within this series or if it will branch out to something new. Definitely worth reading.

    17. This was the latest entry in the Murder 101 mystery series. Not bad, although Alison's penchant to ignore her friend's crisis for the sake of her investigation was not endearing. And the "mystery" portion was pretty light, with the suicides being actual suicides.However the scene with the priest in the strip club was fairly amusing, if a little unoriginal.

    18. Pretty good story, although somewhat predictable. A few chuckles along the way. I felt like I missed a few things from the other six books in the series, so I might have to hunt them down and catch up. The only issue I had was that it was annoying the way she kept referring to her husband as Crawford instead of Bobby.

    19. Alison is dealing with the sudden return of her husband's ex when an estranged uncle shows up with a large sum of money for her step-daughters. But before they can figure out the source of this wealth, the uncle ends up dead.A perfectly entertaining cozy mystery, although not as good as some other series I have read.

    20. This book I read first. Why? My lovely daughter selected it from the library for me and so it was how I started the series: with the final book. That's okay, it was a great introduction and because it was so good I wanted to read the whole series and so I did! They were all good books and I wonder if there'll be another one soon.

    21. This is neither fish nor fowl. It's not a romance because the couple has married. It's not a thriller because there's no real sense of menace. There's no active investigative work to qualify it as a mystery.opionator.wordpress/2013/0

    22. Another winner. I really enjoy this series and equate it with New Year's since I'm usually reading it around this time. The characters are fun and continue to grow in interesting ways. The mystery was good and be warned there are surprises!

    23. Alison Bergeron, college professor, gives a birthday party for her step daughters and gets drawn into the craziness that is her husband's ex's family. I do like Alison, but the plot was very much over-the-top and not very believable.

    24. I love this book! I read it last year and I was very captivated by it. Alison is such a funny character and Bobby is very up front. It kind of reminds me of both of them from school. And they are both dating now. Lol. Anyway, this is a great book and I totally recommend!!!!

    25. I didn't love it anyway but I almost threw it across the room when she wrote that "there is no manual for parenting, you literally fly by the seat of your pants." Really? Literally? Is that even possible?

    26. loved this. crawford very involved in ex wife's life. Too much for Allison. Max needs her but she is also caught in the ex's life too much for her comfort. Really fun can't wait for the next chapter in Allison Bergeron Crawford'slife

    27. Lots of fun. I enjoy her wit and humor. I would have rated it more highly except that the editing occasionally bugged me because of omitted words or punctuation, so that I had to go back and re-read a sentence in order to make sense of it. The story is delightfully told.

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