After long years on a university campus, it was inevitable that I try an academic mystery. The Oak Grove books are set on a fictional campus, but I took a lot of hints, including various characters, from my own experience.
Susan Hogan is the main character in this series with a cast of interesting characters, including the four-legged kind. As a professor of English at the Oak Grove University, you’d think Dr. Hogan leads a rather dull life. If that were the case, these books wouldn’t have been written!
She finds herself involved in murder and mayhem; her tough personality sometimes is at odds with some people… including some folks in the law enforcement.
THE PERFECT COED
(#1 in the series)
Susan Hogan is smart, pretty – and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world.
When a coed’s body is found in her car and she is suspected of murder, Susan gets even more defensive.But when someone begins to stalk and threaten her, prickly mixes with fear. Susan has to find the killer to save her reputation – and her life.
What she suspects she’s found on a quiet campus in Texas is so bizarre Jake doesn’t believe her. Until she’s almost killed. The death of one coed unravels a tale of greed, lust, and obsession.
“The Perfect Coed—Delightful mystery set in a small college town. Just enough romance to keep the reader turning the pages. I loved that the author wove several mysteries and two romances into one riveting book. She has a great insight into academic life as well as the relationships of her characters.” –Patricia Gilgor
Pigface and the Perfect Dog
(#2 in the series)
Susan Hogan thinks she’s about to meet her maker when she confronts a rifle-carrying man, who looks like a pig, in a grocery store. Jake investigates the body of a young college student, shot in the back and found in an empty pasture. Aunt Jenny showers love on the new puppy a young man from the grocery gave her but she has to get rid of that heavy collar.
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“Judy Alter’s Perfect mysteries are just that– perfectly readable, suspenseful, and engaging. This one will keep you guessing until the very end.” –Susan Wittig Albert