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Murder in the Arboretum (Cold Creek #2) [Reading] ➺ Murder in the Arboretum (Cold Creek #2) By Christa Nardi – Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising Clive Johnson the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief who seeks an easy solution Convinced Chie Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising Clive Johnson the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief who seeks an easy solution Convinced Chief Pfeiffe has it all wrong professor and psychologist Sheridan Hendley sets out to help prove Clive's innocence But not everyone is pleased by her enthusiastic search for the truth Just as her life is looking up personally it looks like she might be the next victim.

  • Murder in the Arboretum (Cold Creek #2)
  • Christa Nardi
  • English
  • 15 September 2014

About the Author: Christa Nardi

From childhood as a fan of Nancy Drew Dana Girls Perry Mason and the Hardy Boys it was inevitable that Christa Nardi would continue her love of books and particularly mysteries With a career in technicalnonfiction writing under real name it is not surprising that her love of mystery transformed into not only reading but writing mysteries Christa combines her love for reading and writing.

10 thoughts on “Murder in the Arboretum (Cold Creek #2)

  1. megHan megHan says:

    Sheridan is a professor and psychiatrist at a small private college in Cold Creek Her best friend is a fellow professor the two of them are two of three psychiatrists that work for the college and her boyfriend is a state trooper The story follows their lives after a body is found in the arboretum in the school She doesn't believe that Clive is the murderer and with the help of her friends tries to figure out what actually did happenI have not read the first book in the series but this looked like a really cute book I have found that most series that fall under the Cozy Mystery genre can be read as stand alone novels and this one is no different I uickly figured out the relationships between the characters and a little backstory as well The murder in the first book is mentioned in passing several times throughout the book but I never felt like I was missing anythingThis is a good mystery and a good story one that I found both fun and interesting Following along with the mystery was enjoyable and I liked uite a few of the characters I definitely plan to go back and read the first book I'm curious about some things now like wanting to know about how Sheridan and her boyfriend met which happened in the first one I enjoyed the author's writing style and even liked the fact that it was written in first person from Sheridan's point of view but this book or at least the copy I received for the blog tour which I assume is the finished copy definitely needs an editor There was at least one conversation in particular that was mentioned not written out that happened than one time and a lot of things that could have been left out of the book things that slowed the story down instead of kept it flowing things that made me wonder why they were mentioned because they weren't of any importance And Sheridan and her coffee obsession and constant email checking really became tedious But despite all that like I said before I still plan to read of this author because the mystery itself kept my attentionNote I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

  2. Yvonne Yvonne says:

    Professor Sheridan Hendley begins to build a relationship with Brett a detective from Virginia who she met during a murder investigation Imagine their surprise when yet another murder occurs at Cold Creek College Brett warns her to stay out of the investigation but Sheridan can’t help herself She’s convinced the wrong man has been arrestedCold Creek College’s groundskeeper Clive Johnson is immediately accused of the crime even before a complete investigation is performed He’s in the wrong place at the wrong time Chief Pfeiffe opts to take the easy way out and arrest him No way is Sheridan going to stand uietly by and let that happen As she delves further and further into the murder she becomes the murderer’s target herself She doesn’t want to be the next victim but she’s not about to see the wrong man go to jailThis is the second book in the series I honestly think this one stands alone but it’s always nice to read series books from the beginning to get a good feel for each character It’s not necessary with this one but I think it makes it even enjoyable I thought the first book was good but this one gave me even insight to the charactersIt took me a little bit of time to really get used to the author’s writing style as it’s told in the first person and it’s mostly narrative I like dialogue but this techniue works for this book The author goes into great detail and it gives the reader a good visual of where and what is happening It’s almost as if you are right in the middle of the sceneI always love to re visit characters and this book is no exception We get to see Sheridan and Brett's relationship grow and even see what Sheridan's friends and co workers have been up to The mystery had me flip flopping back and forth as to who is the killer Just when I thought I figured it out another curve is thrown in I was completely off the mark It's fun to be kept in the dark until the end I’m looking forward to book #3FTC Disclosure The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way All opinions expressed are my own

  3. Kristine Hall Kristine Hall says:

    In this second book in the Cold Creek series there has been another murder on campus but the chief of police is concerned with naming a murderer than solving the crime As psychology professor Sheridan Hendley discovers information that proves the wrong person is behind bars it becomes clear that there are people who want to keep Sheridan uiet no matter what it takes With a familiar cast of returning characters and some new ones as well Sheridan unwittingly finds herself at the center of a dangerous mystery where some will kill to keep it unsolved Author Christa Nardi does a great job casting lots of shadows and presenting plenty of twists for readers to enjoy Also enjoyable is the relationship between Sheridan and Brett McCann the detective she met in book one Their relationship has progressed to a serious commitment but is not the focus of the story which works well The romantic element is clean with plenty of blushing and innuendo to carry it along This is not a rapid paced page turner but it's an enjoyable cozy mystery with a great glimpse into academia Full review on Hall Ways

  4. Tess Tess says:

    Murder In The Arboretum is the 2nd book in Christa's Cold Creek series Professor Sheridan Hendley has been a teacher at Cold Creek College for 4 years Sheridan finds herself involved and not in a good way with Chief of Police Barney Pfeiffe when a murder occurs on college property Chief Pfeiffe is annoyed at having to work with Sheridan and it only gets worse when Sheridan's boy frienda detective with the Virginia state police is assigned to the case What was once a murder of an unknown man turns into the buying and selling of drugs Sheridan and Brett soon have a handle on the murder along with Kim Sheridan's bff I was surprised when I found out who the murderer is in fact that person was last on my list of suspects Christa does a great job of keeping up guessing I hope to be able to read and review books from Christa

  5. Anna Burke Anna Burke says:

    Murder in the Arboretum is a great follow up to murder at Cold Creek College This cozy has that laid back small town college community feel to it The lead character Sheridan Hendley is a psych professor at the college and is pulled into a murder investigation once again A body is found in the arboretum on campus and the police immediately suspect Clive Johnson a groundskeeper Sheridan isn't uite so sure and goes to work trying to solve the mystery There are plenty of clues suspects and a plot that unfolds at a reasonable pace Romance runs through this story too as Sheridan pursues her relationship with Brett a police investigator she met while investigating a murder in the first book in the series All in all this is a well written mystery that blends suspense with a homey kind of small town civility that makes this appealing for fans of cozy mysteries

  6. Betty Betty says:

    Although Murder in the Arboretum is part of a series it does very well as a stand alone The author provides enough background information so that you are not at a loss about what's going on or curious about any of the characters Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist who teaches at a local college Suddenly there's her friend and colleague Kim in her classroom with a tense expression on her face A groundskeeper has discovered a dead body The police are convinced Clive Johnson is the murderer and Sheridan is even convinced that Clive is innocent Thus begins her investigation of the murder with the help of her boyfriend Brett who is a detective with the state police

  7. Candace Salem Candace Salem says:

    I liked this book a lot It was nice to see Sheridan back in this second book set in a small college town This book has some of the same characters as the first one but you could easily read them out of order Sheridan is a college professor who wants to make sure that the police chief doesn't cut corners and arrest the wrong man The story took a few twists and turns leaving me unsure who the culprit was until almost very end I look forward to reading books by this author

  8. Chrissy Dyer Chrissy Dyer says:

    Christa Nardi gives us another fabulous installment in the Cold Creek Series The characters will pull you into the story and make you apart of it

  9. Faith Faith says:

    Another murder that affects the Cold Creek College but not on campus It is near the town’s end of the entrance to the arboretum A young man is discovered by horticultural workers tending to the gardens There appears no motive to the killing nor any cluesThe Chief of Police going with the premise that the finder of the body did the deed arrests the gardener No clues no motive and no weapon make no difference to to the Chief and what evidenice they have is weak and very circumstantialIt is interesting to see how staff the State Police college students and towns citizens band together to provide character references to the lawyer of the person charged Then too Sheridan again gets involved and with her now boyfriend the State Police Inspector helps in gathering informationA thoroughly enjoyable book with lots of action

  10. Lucille Bifano Lucille Bifano says:

    Very EnjoyableReally enjoying these cozy mysteries Very much like the main characters Also having a fun time with the play on names I don't know if it's intentional but Chief Barney Pfeiffe? Maybe Barney Fife of Andy Griffith fame? And then there's Hamilton Bergner Perhaps Hamilton Berger of Perry Mason fame A sly little peripheral character named Mr Drake Paul Drake again from Perry Mason I'm having a lot of fun trying to figure out names I've got uite a few but to continue the review the stories are a great way to spend some time away from the crazy time we are in right now Will be reading #3 as soon as I'm finished with this Can't wait on the names in the next story

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