In his long career as an English teacher at Holy Trinity High School, Michael Bishop felt that he was as good at reading people as he was at reading books. That all changes when he discovers the body of the school’s highly successful but universally disliked football coach, Albert Zappala. Even more disturbing is the news that the coach, whose net worth was in the millions, was murdered. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect, including students, colleagues, and even the Sisters who run the school. Bishop’s skill in reading people is put to the ultimate test. Like Captain Ahab searching for the answers in his pursuit of the white whale, Bishop searches into the dark past for the key that will unlock the mystery. Will the truth destroy his belief in the basic goodness of man?
A fun, fast-paced whodunit set in the hallways of a Catholic high school. The protagonist is likeable, the nuns deplorable, and the supporting characters entertaining. Many chapters have literary references that will make you fondly remember your English curriculum and want to revisit the classics. A great start to the series.
I could not put it down once I started reading Outline for Murder. The characters are very interesting in their interaction with each other and the ending left me in shock. I’m already looking forward to the next Michael Bishop novel.
Mr. Pucci’s mind is brilliant and it shows here in Murder. His character depth and plot twists kept me hooked. Reading this brought me right back to sitting in his English class many years ago, and I felt like he was teaching me one more lesson. I can’t wait for the next Michael Bishop Mystery!
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