BOOK REVIEW: HOT WIRED
Bel Barrett, a professor at a community college, seems to have everything going for her. She has a loving husband and the kids are all grown and out on their own.
Then the unthinkable happens. An ex-student posted a nasty remark about Bel on the college website. The student did the post in a "hip-hop" sort of poem. By the wording of the poem, Bel knew it came from a student she had in speech class. Even though her knowledge of the hip-hop slang was not that good she did manage to figure out this much.
This bothered Bel so much that she searched through her grade books. She finally came to the conclusion that the post had to have been done by a student named Naftali. She gave him a grade of "D". He was very unhappy and challenged it before a committee.
Naftali is murdered and Bel becomes the prime suspect. In order to clear her name and prove her innocence, Bel must enter into a word of the hip-hop culture where she finds many dangerous situations.
Is Bel able to find the real killer?
Bel Barrett is a character you will love. She comes across as a woman with a strong determination no matter what. If she feels she is right about something, she will get to the bottom of it! Bel is also post-menopausal which adds humor to the story. This is a terrific amateur sleuth story and one you will enjoy. If you haven't read any previous Bel Barrett mysteries you will want to go back and do so after reading this latest one from Jane Isenberg.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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