OVERRIDE

Coup de Grace

Sarah Deane Mysteries

J.S. Borthwick

St. Martin's Griffin

With ready wit and lethal plot, acclaimed author J. S. Borthwick offers up her tenth irresistible Sarah Deane mystery, a heady brew of academic backstabbing--and murder-- at a bucolic New England girls’ boarding school.

Freshly-minted Ph.D. Sarah Deane is hired to teach English at  Miss Merritt’s, only to land in the epicenter of legendary French professor Grace (“Mme. Guillotine”) Carpentier’s reign of terror. Mme.’s peckish passion for excellence has inspired universal fear and loathing. A student discovers Mme.’s cloaked hanging effigy. Then Sarah finds a bludgeoned body wearing Mme’s trademark cape. But the victim is not Mme.  Is it a case of mistaken identity? It’s up to Sarah, aided by her husband Alex, to find the killer before he strikes again--while the prime suspects, three fractious students, and three furtive professors, follow her every move...

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

“HEY, COME BACK HERE!”

It was Jake Markham calling. Angry.

“Sarah, damnation, what do you think you’re doing?” Alex, yelling.

But Sarah didn’t answer. She stood rigid. Frozen in place. Because beyond her feet, right by the water’s edge, lay an enormous shape. The shape of a bat, wings wide and black. But this bat had arms at the end of its wings. Dark arms and black hands. No, correction. One black hand, and one hand pale and clenched. A hand without a glove. And beside the hand, faintly gleaming, was a cracked lens from a pair of

READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Coup de Grace

“Ms. Borthwick has a keen eye and a sharp pen.” ---The New York Times Book Review

“Borthwick spins another enjoyable literate tale.” ---Chicago Tribune

“What a pleasure to read a real academic mystery harking back to some of the prep school classics.... Stylish, sharp, satiric, this is a mystery in the best traditional vein.” ---The Poisoned Pen

“Borthwick’s easy style and charming characters make this a first-rate fireside read.” ---Publishers Weekly

“Go and get your copy--this one’s a must-read.” ---Rockland (ME), Courier-Gazette

“Ms. Borthwick has a keen eye and a sharp pen.” ---The New York Times Book Review

“Borthwick spins another enjoyable literate tale.” ---Chicago Tribune

“What a pleasure to read a real academic mystery harking back to some of the prep school classics.... Stylish, sharp, satiric, this is a mystery in the best traditional vein.” ---The Poisoned Pen

“Borthwick’s easy style and charming characters make this a first-rate fireside read.” ---Publishers Weekly

“Go and get your copy--this one’s a must-read.” ---Rockland (ME), Courier-Gazette

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • J.S. Borthwick

  • J.S. BORTHWICK lives with her family on the Maine coast, where many of her mysteries are set.
BACK

COMMUNITY

Criminalelement.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS
    BACK

    BUY THE BOOK

    Available Formats and Book Details

    Coup de Grace

    Sarah Deane Mysteries

    J.S. Borthwick

    • Trade Paperback

    BACK

    FROM THE PUBLISHER

    St. Martin's Griffin

    BACK