Final Exam

A Murder 101 Mystery

Maggie Barbieri

Minotaur Books

St. Thomas, the small college north of New York City where Professor Alison Bergeron teaches, has had its share of scandals involving both its students and its staff, not to mention Alison herself, so when a resident director goes 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, and she will do anything to avoid reliving her college days any more than she has to.

Her only way out: Track down the reluctant RD and drag him back kicking and screaming if need be. Luckily, she doesn’t have to look further than the drugs he had hidden in his bathroom to get her boyfriend, Detective Bobby Crawford, on the case.


Read an Excerpt


"I’m Mary Magdalene!"

Now that got my attention. I was leaning against a wall in one of the dorm’s dining halls, scanning the crowd in a laconic fashion for anyone drinking an illegal substance and hoping I could get in on that action. We’re a dry campus. And let me tell you, there are some people who teach here who just need to get lit.

I was bored silly. Until I saw one of my best friends in the world, Father Kevin McManus, school chaplain and all-around nice guy, cutting a rug to some Kanye West song with another chaperone, a member of the sociology



Praise for Final Exam

" In her third outing, Barbieri mixes chick lit with a cozy mystery for a lively tale."--Library Journal

"Alison’s fans will enjoy this latest romp—...chick lit goes to college and solves crimes."--Booklist

Praise for 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!)

Praise for Extracurricular Activities

“Bergeron’s romantic trials and fashion sense are comparable to Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski. . . . Extracurricular Activities will find a home with readers of chick lit and cozy mysteries alike.”
---The Tampa Tribune

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

Praise for Murder 101

“With wit and verve---and spot-on rendering of the jungles of academia---Barbieri’s first novel will have readers eagerly awaiting her sophomore effort.”
---Richmond Times-Dispatch

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

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  • Maggie Barbieri

  • Maggie Barbieri, author of Quick Study, is a freelance editor as well as a mystery novelist. Her father was a member of the NYPD, and his stories about being a motorcycle and a beat cop provide much of the background for her mysteries. This is her fourth Murder 101 mystery; Kristin Davis of Sex and the City has optioned the series for television. Maggie lives in Westchester County, New York.

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Final Exam

A Murder 101 Mystery

Maggie Barbieri

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Minotaur Books