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The Mark Twain Murders: A Brown Bag Mystery from Council Oak

Skom, Edith

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ISBN 10: 0933031173 / ISBN 13: 9780933031173
Published by Council Oak Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the front endpaper: "To Betty / With love, / Edie / June 11, 1989." The inaugural title in the new Brown Bag Mystery Series featuring pocket-sized hardcover books. Quarterbound in oatmeal paper-covered boards with a tan cloth, black-lettered spine. Book is unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $12.95); Brodart protected. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006200

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Title: The Mark Twain Murders: A Brown Bag Mystery ...

Publisher: Council Oak Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Skulduggery was afoot in the campus library at Midwestern University. Sinister students were razoring pages from periodicals and stealing obscure essays for their term papers. A bookish thief was making a bundle smuggling out valuable first editions for resale. And in the South Tower, a killer was stalking a coed.

Even so, Professor Beth Austin was shocked--and intrigued--to find a handsome FBI agent in the English Department. Soon they had joined forces, delving into the lives of her eccentric colleagues...and straying into the dark shadows of the groves of academe where someone's hands were stained with blood.

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The inaugural title in the new Brown Bag mystery series featuring pocket-sized hardcover books, this exciting story is set at Midwestern University in Illinois where a student is killed after winning a prize for her essay on Tom Sawyer . Convinced that the girl had plagiarized the piece, Professor Beth Austin plunges into the intricate task of unearthing the original. Coincidentally, Gil Bailey, an erudite FBI agent, arrives to investigate thefts of library treasures and establishes an informal partnership with Austin. Suspicion falls on professors and others on the university staff as the amateur and professional detectives cooperate and (soon) fall in love. In the end, an attack on Austin proves fatal to the unlikely killer. Skom provides a literary treat, salted with wit, most notably in her characterizations of eccentric academics.
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