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