An Academic Death (Lambert and Hook Mysteries)

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When Liz Upson reports that her husband, Matthew, has gone missing, he's not exactly top priority for Detective Sergeant Bert Hook - he's just one of thousands of missing persons reported each year. Anyway, Mrs Upson makes it clear that her husband may be missing, but he's not missed. But when his body turns up with a bullet in the head in the Malvern Hills, Hook and his Superintendent, John Lambert, have a formidable and complex case on their hands. Matthew Upson was a history lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire - an unpromisingly innocent profession, and there's no shortage of people to interview. Once the two detectives get to work, life on campus will become increasingly tense under their scrutiny - after all, it is the examination season.

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Gregson is a Lancastrian by birth, and taught for 27 years in schools, colleges and universities.

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When Matthew Upson, a popular history lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire, mysteriously disappears in this middling police procedural from British author Gregson (An Unsuitable Death), Upson's wife, Liz, makes it clear to Det. Sgt. Bert Hook and Supt. John Lambert that she doesn't care whether or not they find him. It seems to be a standard missing person case until three young boys find a disfigured body with a bullet in its head, and Liz confirms it's Upson. In their search for the killer amid the author's generic halls of British higher education, Hook and Lambert discover that the victim had indulged in an adulterous affair or two. At the same time, the pair are guilty of numerous oversights: they fail to ask what Upson was wearing when he vanished; they don't consider who profits from his death; and they neglect to look closely at Liz's financial position. Eventually, after uncovering a sizable balance in a bank account that Upson concealed, they learn that he dealt drugs to students. More violence ensues a student who was a pusher is murdered, and Hook and Lambert must interrogate the drug-dealing hierarchy's top dogs, who may be responsible for both murders. While Gregson develops the characters of Hook and Lambert, he skimps on the unsavory collection of faculty members they investigate, none of whom is sympathetic. The action moves swiftly, but will be quickly forgotten once readers turn the last page.

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