The Affliction by Beth Gutcheon

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The Affliction Read Online Free - The New York Times bestselling author of More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Death at Breakfast delivers the second installment in her clever romp of a mystery series combining social comedy and dark-hearted murder a novel set at a girls’ boarding school in a picturesque Hudson River town with more than its share of secrets

Since retiring as head of a famous New York City private school, Maggie Detweiler is busier than ever. Chairing a team to evaluate the faltering Rye Manor School for girls, she will determine whether, in spite of its fabled past, the school has a future at all. With so much on the line for so many, tensions on campus are at an excruciating pitch, and Maggie expects to be as welcome as a case of Ebola virus.

At a reception for the faculty and trustees to “welcome” Maggie’s team, no one seems more keen for all to go well than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and respected in spite of her affliction—that she can never stop talking.

Florence is one of those dedicated teachers for whom the school is her life, and yet the next morning, when Maggie arrives to observe her teaching, Florence is missing. Florence’s husband, Ray, an auxiliary policeman in the village, seems more annoyed than alarmed at her disappearance. But Florence’s sister is distraught. There have been tensions in the marriage, and at their last visit, Florence had warned, “If anything happens to me, don’t assume it’s an accident.”

Two days later, Florence’s body is found in the campus swimming pool.

Maggie is asked to stay on to coach the very young and inexperienced head of Rye Manor through the crisis. Maggie obviously knows schools, but she also knows something about investigating murder, having solved a mysterious death in Maine the previous year when the police went after the wrong suspect. She is soon joined by her madcap socialite friend Hope, who is jonesing for an excuse to ditch her book club anyway, before she has to actually read Silas Marner.

What on earth is going on in this idyllic town? Is this a run-of-the-mill marital murder? Or does it have something to do with the school board treasurer’s real estate schemes? And what is up with the vicious cyber-bullying that’s unsettled everyone, or with the disturbed teenaged boy whom Florence had made a pet of? And is it possible that someone killed Florence just so she’d finally shut up?

Title : The Affliction
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ISBN : 0062431994
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Amber rated it ★★★☆☆

December 31, 2017

There were a lot of minor characters who I had a hard time keeping straight. There were parts of the story and characters that would have been great to have more information/background on, while there were others whose importance I never understood. It was an okay read, but I didn’t find the page...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

3.5 stars, rounded up. This was a solid follow up to the first book in this series, DEATH AT BREAKFAST. Maggie and Hope are back and we get to know them even better, and I think I even liked this one a little bit more. It's cozy without feeling cozy (I tend to prefer darker and grittier stuff and...

MRIDULA rated it ★★★☆☆

March 23, 2018

|3 stars| A terrific murder mystery with some interesting and well written characters. I haven't read the first book in the series hence, it took me a while to figure out the characters and the author's storytelling. 2 self-declared detectives trying to solve a murder mystery beautifully wrapped up...

Joyce rated it ★★★☆☆

March 23, 2018

In this book Maggie Detweiler and her friend Hope try to solve the murder of Florence Meagher a teacher at a girls school. Maggie was sent to the school to evaluate it and its future, when Florence is gone missing and found dead in the pool. There are a lot of characters and a lot of secrets. The st...

Margit rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 20, 2018

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. This is what passes for a murder mystery in the 1% crowd where even the police are happy to have their jobs done for them by wealthy women who have nothing better to do. Although we're meant to assume who the murderer is and what...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 19, 2018

Rounded up to 2.5 Stars It had its okay moments, but there were way too many distractions from the plot. I liked Maggie and Hope and the Agatha Christie vibe they gave, but the minor characters were more annoying than anything. I had the whodunit figured out within the first few chapters and origi...

ExLibris_Kate rated it ★★★☆☆

April 12, 2018

3.5 Stars I don’t consider myself a mystery reader, but every time I pick one up I end up enjoying it. Such was the case with The Affliction, which hovers in the cozy mystery category, although I’m not sure it really fits that mold. Maggie finds herself, in the course of helping a failing private...

Susan rated it ★★★☆☆

November 26, 2017

I received an advance readers copy at an event for librarians. Mystery set at a girls boarding school on the Hudson. Nothing deep, but would be an entertaining beach read. I feel like there are holes in the story that I a supposed to know - such as how a minor character, Avis's, daughter died. Is...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2018

Lovely neat little murder mystery set at a boarding school in New York State. I'm not sure everyone fully appreciates how firmly Gutcheon has set her finger on independent schools- the students, the teachers, the administrators, and the trustees. She's also got a nice twist on a certain class of...

Jane rated it ★★★☆☆

January 02, 2018

Thank you to Goodreads for this win and my honest review. I don't know if I should have read the first in this series to find out how Maggie got involved in sleuthing but I thought it was a bit far-fetched that she got so involved in it after just being on the school's committee to see if it shoul...

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