Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide

Avid Reader. Feb. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9781451648218. $28. M
Holmes (Swing: A Mystery) is a gifted wordsmith whose latest is a top-notch read that both entertains and amuses. Many have fantasized about killing their boss, but few feel adequate to do the job. The sole purpose of the McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts is training students to dispose of odious employers and get away scot-free. The school stresses that the task must only be committed after you have given your intended victim every chance at redemption, This delightfully wicked tale chronicles the adventures of three students: Cliff blames his former boss for the death of a woman he loved; nurse Gemma is being blackmailed by her superior; and film star Doria has been put on the back burner by a vengeful studio executive. The three are schooled in everything from poisons to disguises and are even offered a class entitled “Eroticide.” As the story line deliciously unfolds, the three aspiring killers study hard and reenter the world with their “deletion plans” ready. Told in alternating chapters among the three students, as well as narration by the school’s charming dean, the book’s satisfying conclusion is just as delightful as its premise.
VERDICT An amusing and cheeky tale with excellent pacing replete with droll observations.
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