No wonder the university administration is worried: a fatal hit and run in the parking lot; a woman jogger drowned in the river. Accidents? Perhaps. But the latest campus death is no accident -- and suicides don't stab themselves several times and then cover themselves up with a raincoat. Despite warnings from her husband and the police, Rosalie Cairnes feels only she can untangle the threads that will lead to the motive and the murderer. And as she nears the truth, her own life is increasingly in danger. Child abuse, the crossfire of radicals and reactionaries on campus, and violence towards women are just some of the ingredients in this fast-paced, tightly plotted and beautifully written novel.
A Studied Death, Rosalie Cairns' third mystery, establishes Betsy Struthers as a crime writer to watch. The books have won praise for their settings and atmosphere and for the carefully drawn portraits of their characters, especially series sleuth Rosalie. Struthers is also well known for her poetry; she has three collections in print and has recently been elected President of the League of Canadian Poets. She has read her work from coast to coast in Canada and in Australia and the United States. having just completed a fourth manuscript of poems, Struthers is now contemplating a return to the fictional world of murder.