Death without Tenure
Joanne Dobson

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Narrated By: Christine Williams

Duration: 7 hours and 31 minutes

What to expect

Professor Karen Pelletier is up for tenure in the English department at New England’s exclusive Enfield College. Then her rival for the one tenured spot, Professor Joseph Lone Wolf, whose ethnicity gives him minority-preference status, is found dead. Karen, first on the list of suspects, is harassed by a homicide cop with a grudge against Karen’s boyfriend, Lieutenant Charlie Piotrowski. Meanwhile, political passions rage on campus, and two of Karen’s favorite students—Khalida Ahmed, a hijab-wearing Muslim, and Hank Brody, a coal-miner’s son on full scholarship—are caught up in the furor.

Without the presence of her beloved Charlie, now serving in Iraq, will Karen be able to survive the investigation, protect her students, and find a permanent niche in the world of academia? And what if the killer feels the need to strike again?


Crime and mystery: women sleuths, Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives, Crime and mystery fiction

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“Fans of academic mysteries will savor this one.” 

Library Journal

“Everything you’d expect from an academic mystery.” 

Kirkus Reviews

“Williams portrays Pelletier as quick talking and sharp voiced, a smart, modern woman…Williams keeps the pace brisk, nicely managing the rhythm of the plot, speeding up when Pelletier is agitated and slowing down to allow listeners to savor the author’s trademark skewers at academia.”