A Likely Story

A Likely Story

A Joe Barley Mystery

Book - 2010
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As if Joe Barley doesn't have enough on his mind. His job as a part-time instructor at Hambleton College is likely to be eliminated, and his partner, Carole, is expecting their first child. He's also been assigned to find the identity of a mole in the English Department who is part of a nasty and embarrassing letterwriting exchange in a student newspaper. But the stresses of his job and personal life are compounded by the disappearance of a member of the Hambleton faculty, and Joe begins to hear rumours that the teacher was involved with a drug ring run by the Russian mob.

The long-awaited third instalment in the Joe Barley Mysteries series, A Likely Story showcases the biting humour, engrossing storytelling, and keen eye for the ordinary that have made Eric Wright one of the most beloved crime writers in Canada.

Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781897151860
Branch Call Number: WRIGH
Characteristics: 211 p


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Mar 19, 2013

Toronto; a good read.

hermlou Jul 12, 2011

Joe Barley teaches English at a fictitious Ontario university, and one of the other teachers leaves without notice. Joe investigates and comes across the man working undercover on a Russian drug deal. Joe's partner is pregnant, causing Joe to think seriuosly about more income and a larger apartment. The plot is fine, but I think Wright was more inspired with the Charlie Salter series, such as Buried in Stone or The Night the Gods Smiled.

Cdnbookworm Mar 08, 2011

This Canadian mystery is from the Joe Barley series. Joe is a man working on a novel, supporting himself as a part-time lecturer at a college in Toronto and part-time detective work. Here, his partner Carole is about to have a baby and he is thinking about the need to get a more permanent job.
First, a couple of cars disappear from campus parking lots, and then a part-time teacher goes AWOL. Joe tries to track down the teacher, but keeps getting information that contradicts what he thinks he knows. When the alternative campus paper starts running anonymous letters detailing battles between the English and Business faculties, the administration takes an interest.
Joe is trying to get to the truth behind these various mysteries, and is worrying about his impending fatherhood.
This is the first book I've read in this series, but it is a nice light mystery with an intriguing plot and good characters. Very enjoyable.

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