MURDER AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
The latest Claire Malloy mystery holds all of the humor and wit of earlier books in the series. The mystery is well-plotted and entertaining; however, several of the potential suspects are a bit too caricature-like to be believable.
Recently married to Deputy Chief Peter Rosen and a year away from an empty nest, Claire Malloy suddenly finds herself with a lot of time on her hands. To fill the hours, she has taken up cooking — with not-so-good results. To the relief of her overfed family, a new mystery finds her. She joins the board of directors of the Farberville Literacy Council and learns that the nonprofit has serious budget problems and rumors of embezzlement. When one of the students is murdered in the office, Peter asks Claire to help him solve the case. (MINOTAUR, Dec., 320 pp., $25.99)