The Penningtons Investigate – smart classy academic mysteries
When their clever minds inquire, clever killers can’t hide.
When the Penningtons find a live gun under the dead tree in their rose garden, they’re convinced there’s a body somewhere. So is a friend with the State Police. But whose body? Where is it? Who pulled the trigger? And why did the killer plant the gun?
“Lots of twists and turns and a wonderfully woven mystery.” Texas Book Nook Feb 17, 2017
Murder never entered the picture until Fritz Van Derzee announced he planned to clear his name. Who stuck a jeweled stiletto into his desktop after stabbing him? And where’s the ten million he was falsely accused of embezzling?
“I loved the balance between the lives and personalities of the characters and the mystery they were dealing with. . . Collier creates scenarios that are not easy to unravel and keeps you invested throughout the entirety of the novel.” My Reading Addiction, Sept 11, 2017
When Lyssa hosts dinner for a faculty candidate, someone adds a little poison to his glass. Is it because he’s not who he says he is? Or is something else at work at troubled Tompkins College?
Shot and left for dead on the Penningtons’s front walk, Professor Cunningham, now a wildly successful author, whispers, “Her father,” before he passes out. Whose father? The teenage fan whose death he’s being sued for? The student he’s accused of dallying with? And whose truck was seen speeding away?
Who gifted the retiring library director with irresistible dark chocolate creams laced with the director’s deadliest allergen? Did the killer know she hadn’t yet signed her new will leaving half her assets to the college?
Tompkins College thought they were rid of Professor Kristov, but he’s back in town for the Chestnut Lake Microbrew Festival. When he drops dead while sampling craft beer, Lyssa has a feeling it’s murder. But she never imagined her sister would be the number one suspect.