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Murder is an Art(1999)
(The first book in the Professor Sally Good series)
A novel by Bill Crider
Dr. Sally Good, Head of the English and Fine Arts Division of Hughes Community College in Texas, has her hands full. On top of dealing with numerous complaints from testy faculty members concerning the allocation of the department's budget, she must also conduct an inquiry into the recent misbehavior of the department's philandering art professor, Val Hurley, who stands accused of molesting a young female student. And then there is the complaint lodged against the art department - and namely Val - for displaying what some people see as a satanic painting. When Val is found bludgeoned to death in his office and the painting in question disappears, it isn't long before the department dissolves into a state of chaos and hysteria. Sally begins to realize that she might be in over her head when the student in question is found murdered shortly thereafter.
March 1999 : USA Hardback
May 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition