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Death of a Lovable Geek

by Maria Hudgins

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Dotsy Lamb, ancient and medieval history teacher from Virginia USA has been interested (okay more like obsessed) with King Macbeth of Scotland. In her research efforts, she has been corresponding with Professor John Sinclair and he asked her to join, as an unpaid volunteer the archeological dig at Castle Dunlaggan.

Shortly after her arrival one of the paid diggers is found murdered.
The police are called in. Dotsy doesn’t agree with the police’s suspect so she begins her own investigation. And then, another murder!

A relaxing mystery with little blood or guts, just some general snooping. Think and updated Miss Marple. Many possible suspects and more intrigue.
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  Bettesbooks | Feb 15, 2017 |
Just a good cozy mystery featuring Dotsy Lamb and her travels in Scotland at an archaeological dig while staying in a castle

Nice familiar characters but I ended up being surprised by who committed the murder ( )
  nospi | Feb 7, 2016 |
Virginian Dotsy Lamb, college professor of ancient and medieval history, is on a volunteer vacation at an archaeological dig in Scotland. Dotsy and friend/traveling companion Lettie Osgood, an amateur genealogist, are staying at Castle Dunlaggan, a bed and breakfast owned by the brother of dig director John Sinclair.

Our heroine has gotten to know many of the grad students working at the dig and is dismayed when one of them, Dylan”Froggy” Quale, is murdered. She is even more troubled when Froggy’s American roommate, Van Nguyen, winds up in jail charged with murder. Wanting justice to be done in Froggy’s death, Dotsy hires an attorney for Van and begins asking questions and doing some subtle snooping both at the dig and at Castle Dunlaggan. When a second death occurs, Dotsy is on that case, too.

For all but three of its 31 chapters, Dotsy Lamb is the first-person narrator of Death of a Lovable Geek. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why author wrote the other three using a third-person narrator. I also wondered at the author’s calling Froggy, the murdered geek in the title, “lovable.” He was killed off so early in the book that readers don’t learn much about him.

Death of a Lovable Geek was a pleasant read, however, and the author was thoughtful enough to include a floor-plan of Castle Dunlaggan and a character list, two additions I always appreciate. The story was complex without being overdone; and the book painted a detailed picture of the Scottish landscape with a smattering of history thrown in.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, August-September 2008 issue. ( )
  NewsieQ | Sep 3, 2008 |
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For the life of me, I couldn't think why a perfectly good Super Bowl ticket would be lying on the back stairs of a castle in Scotland.
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Medieval history professor Dotsy Lamb suspects that a dark family history holds the key to murders of participants in an archaeological dig at Dunlaggnan Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

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