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The seventh Maggie Ryan mystery

MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)
Maggie Ryan returns to her alma mater as a consultant to help Charlie Fielding with the statistical analysis of his reading research. Charlie, professor and film buff, wants to help children learn to read, and begins by studying the eye movements of adult readers. Maggie finds the research interesting, and she’s also happy because Charlie’s department offers good daycare for her two children, and because her actor husband Nick O’Connor is working at a summer stock theatre not far away. But the happy summer plan is disrupted when Charlie’s popular colleague and rival, Professor Tal Chandler, is found shot in a gorge near campus.
It looks like suicide. But why is the gun in the left-handed man’s right hand? And why do the town homicide detectives run up against resistance when they try to interview Charlie and other department members?
Maggie teams up with Tal’s grieving widow, French professor Anne Chandler, to get some questions answered.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the seventh novel in the Maggie Ryan series, named to the 1990 Editor's Choice list by the Drood Review of Mystery.

"A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... Maggie is an engaging everywoman–– wife, mother, professional–– who conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly

“[A] compassionate portrait of a strong woman suddenly widowed and a chilling study of criminal acts that can’t be dealt with conventionally.” –– Denver Post


AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
P.M. Carlsons Krimis in deutscher Übersetzung
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