Microbiologist Claire Sharples escapes a dull research job at M.I.T. and takes a new position in California's San Joaquin Valley. But when a friend dies when his motorcycle plunges into a reservoir, Claire plunges headlong into the tangled politics of California agriculture to solve a deadly puzzle of greed and revenge....
|Title||:||The Bulrush Murders|
|Number of Pages||:||235 Pages|
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The Bulrush Murders Reviews
I bought this book new in 1991. I'm trying to read through the books on my shelves to give away or keep. This one is going to the library book sale, although I did enjoy it. It feels a bit dated, but I enjoyed reading an early anti-developer, pro-nature cozy mystery. I remembered this as having a heavy dose of romance, but the romance between fish-out-of-water scientist from out east Claire and country music lovin', polyester-wearing coworker Sam was very slow to get started. Maybe I'm confusing book 1 with book 2 in the series. The mystery was a bit convoluted, with lots of red herrings and subplots (and multiple fairly inexplicable attempts on Claire's life).Recommended for readers who like cozy mysteries with a cause.
This is probably better than just three stars. I had a hard time deciding on that. I want to read the next books in this series. I've read the last book that was finished by someone else after Rothenberg passed away. There was no noticeable break where one author began and another one finished.
Interesting info about habitat & plants in a part of California pretty much ignored. Very likeable main character--a microbiologist who tears herself away from MIT after a disappointing love affair with a colleague. I liked being in her head, where there are mullings about the lives of academicians, observations of the assumptions people make, and wry recognitions of her flaws, etc.
Proficient writing, the story is put together very nicely. What I most enjoyed was the treatment of botany as an element of crime investigation, and the setting in the great central valley and western foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
This is a great read for botanists or ecologists and indeed for intelligent people in general. We get to explore California and find out what grows there, crops or wildflowers, and there's a murder mystery to go along with it. My favourite of the series is The Shy Tulip Murders.
OK for a murder mystery, I guess.
Sequels THE DANDELION MURDERS - 1994.THE SHY TULIP MURDERS - 1996
lots of outdated and unpleasant stereotypes in this weak mystery set in "Kaweah" (read Tulare) County