Conundrum: An Architectural Mystery

Conundrum An Architectural Mystery When a Harvard Architecture School superstar plunges off the balconyat a graduation party the police see an accident not foul play But fellow student Iris Reid knows that any jealous member of the r

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  • Title: Conundrum: An Architectural Mystery
  • Author: Susan Cory
  • ISBN: 9780985370206
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a Harvard Architecture School superstar plunges off the balconyat a graduation party, the police see an accident, not foul play But fellow student Iris Reid knows that any jealous member of the ruling clique would have relished pushing him off Twenty years later, a reunion is luring the same cast of characters back to Cambridge The opening night dinner is being helWhen a Harvard Architecture School superstar plunges off the balconyat a graduation party, the police see an accident, not foul play But fellow student Iris Reid knows that any jealous member of the ruling clique would have relished pushing him off Twenty years later, a reunion is luring the same cast of characters back to Cambridge The opening night dinner is being held in a Modernist house that Iris has designed She hopes to untangle the events that led to her friend s death But the murderer has other plans When a long ago boyfriend turns up dead the night of the dinner, all the incriminating evidence points to Iris What began as an attempt to avenge her old friend turns into a desperate race to avoid being framed by the clever killer a killer capable of twisting the truth into a bloody conundrum.

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    1. "A Good Murder Mystery and Start of a Series"CONUNDRUM was a good murder mystery set in Cambridge where a twenty year reunion is about to take place. Iris is the architect who designed the house where the reception is to be held before the reunion and she's also one of the alumni. Her ex was planning to attend but turned up dead. This set off a chain of events including two more murders that make it look as if someone is setting Iris up.When I first began this audiobook, I thought it had a stran [...]

    2. I hated coming to the last page of this book. This murder mystery is set in the greater Boston area. Architect Iris Reid has designed a masterpiece home for Norman Meeker one of her fellow graduates from the Harvard Architecture School. The grand unveiling of the home is a double celebration. A housewarming of sorts and the opening night dinner for the class's 20th reunion. Iris hopes to use the event to gather information about the death of a fellow classmate. One who died on graduation eve. Be [...]

    3. I LOVED this book!It was fresh and kept me interested all through!20 years ago Iris graduated from Architecture school at Harvard.On the night of the party her best friend dies at her feet.She has been trying to find out who might have killed him ever since.Present day and it's reunion time.She's building a house for one of her former classmates and he is holding the festivities.Iris and her friend hope to figure out 'who dunnit'. The twists and turns and even more deaths lead us on a merry chas [...]

    4. Great murder mysteryGreat murder mysterySusan Cory did she great job on the plot! I felt like I was in the middle of Clue, but with architects! I know nothing about architecture and still enjoyed reading about her precise descriptions of places and buildings. Definitely would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun "who done it"!

    5. Well built mystery with architect as amateur detective.I found much to like with good writing, characters, setting and plot. Having an architect as protagonist worked well as I am a sucker for new information about most subjects.

    6. Easy read but I couldn't put it down. This book grabbed my interest right away. it was easy to read and the characters became real very quickly. I couldn't wait to find out who the murder really was. I really enjoyed it.

    7. Couldn't put it down!read the whole book in one sitting. loved the suspense and intrigue of the connection of the characters. more,more,more. excellent writing.

    8. I am not impressed. Yes, Cambridge came off very well, and the idea of working at home in your lovely inherited house as a successful architect and dating a fantastically handsome chef (and trust me - chefs are rarely available on the fly nor are they sweet as a rule) is exciting and intriguing, but on the whole, it just didn't hang together. I will give the next book a shot because I fly a lot and this is a quick plane book, but the next one has to be crisper.

    9. Interesting blend of who-done-it with interior/architectural design - two favorites of mine. Not only was I intrigued by the solving of the complex murders, but I garnered info on the design industry. Miz Cory's characters are likable and believable; the glitches minimal. If you're in to a "light" mystery, which doesn't require deep concentration, this book could be for you.

    10. AUDIBLE AUDIOBOOK EDITIONaudiothingMY REVIEWI must say, it did take me a little while before I was hooked in to this story, but half an hour in, things picked up pace and became more interesting. The up coming Harvard twenty year reunion is to be held at a house designed by Iris for her old classmate Norman, the house is fitted out with Normans' latest ecological features. Iris must oversee the finish before the house will be completed ready for the reunion. Both Norman and Iris attended Harvard [...]

    11. Reviewed by Julia for Readers' Favorite. Susan Cory’s first novel, Conundrum, is a modern whodunit set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The story focuses on Iris Reid, a 40-something architect, and her forthcoming 20-year Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) class reunion. Two decades earlier, at the group’s graduation party, Iris’s friend, Carey, plunged to his death from the host’s apartment balcony and she and her friend, Ellie, have always been convinced that one of their peers w [...]

    12. I've read about four or five mysteries in my life and I've had a life long enough to have read hundreds, so that's not many, thus, I'm not much of a critic. I read this because the author is a friend of a friend and I'm familiar with the setting, Cambridge, MA, where I lived for several years and met my husband who graduated from GSD, the school featured in the book. Cambridge is a great city so it's a treat to read about it and remember it and the whole GSD thing was interesting. But, aside fro [...]

    13. ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **This is a cozy mystery, set in Cambridge.Iris is an architect who 20yrs prior while in grad school witnessed her good friend Keri's death.well the killer was never caught and now there is a reunionher and her friend Ellie are still determined to figure out who murdered there friend.well as the details start to unfold and even more murders happen all boils down to a deadly situation for Irisere is some romance and a ton of [...]

    14. I enjoyed this much more than most free Kindle books. The story was fast paced, the characters were developed and seemed realistic. Others have commented that the dialogue seemed juvenile, but I found it to be believable. I've known several adults who still gossip and back stab like they're in high school!The mystery portion was good, nothing too deep. It was entertaining without requiring a ton of deep thought.Iris also develops a love interest. I enjoyed that she didn't "fall in love" in 6 cha [...]

    15. This was a great mystery the story had a lot of twist and turns it was a who don't and you couldn't figure out. The character were wonderful and the story plot was to die for. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

    16. Great mystery I loved how the author kept you guessing until almost the very end. Then as you started to piece things together, the story ended. I can't wait to read the next book.

    17. Good readGood readthis is the first Iris Aries book I've read.I enjoyed the storyline and the development of the characters.I recommend reading this book.

    18. Enjoyable BookThis is a well written story. It was interesting and held my attention. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

    19. Good bookI would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery. it was well written and just overall a good book.

    20. Not impressed. Not a believable story. It jumped around and was hard to keep my attention. Very disappointed. Would not recommend.

    21. Iris Reid is not looking forward to her Harvard Architecture School reunion, especially when the class of 86 are catty back stabbers. Twenty years earlier her friend died at their graduation party, Iris always suspected there was more to it some one got away with murder. When the class mates gather at the home of one of their class mates, murder soon follows and Iris is a suspect. Slowly Iris and her friend uncovers the secrets from years ago, proving her friend was murdered and her ex boyfriend [...]

    22. I expected this book to be more of a thriller/mystery. What it turned into was a very juvenile whodunit. The characters were supposed to be in their mid-forties, but the dialogue read more like middle schoolers. The continuity was terrible (ie: at one point in the story, the author said that the brother lived in the dead parents' house, and then later she said that the main character did). The main character being divorced (and that whole story) was brought in because? And the love story part of [...]

    23. The mystery in this story is okay, but it reads like a really bad movie script. The dialogue was trite and choppy thus making it somewhat unbelievable at times, and there was a lot of what I call "telling" and not "showing." The main character was likable, but the way she was written was more like a 32 year old than a 44 year old were all the other characters. I think that was in part due to the lack of richer language and a one dimensional writing style. Again, lots of "telling me" and not "sho [...]

    24. Boringthis book was boring the first ten chapters or so .I really started not to finish reading it after the seventh chapter. too much history about buildings in it. to me it drug on to long talking about the building she was building. had too much terminology in it. didn't start to get into the murder part of the book until really the 11th chapter. unless you have majored in drafting you may not even appreciated the first 10 chapters. the author sure knows how to lose you attention. it's her ma [...]

    25. If possible, I'd actually rate this 3 1/2 stars, but I'll be generous and round up. The actual writing was quite good compared to many other books (especially mysteries), but not outstanding. The plot was OK but, again, not outstanding. At least I didn't guess the outcome half way through! Was much of the storyline contrived? Yes - but not nearly to the extent of so many others of this genre. What appealed to me the most about this book is that I live in Cambridge - actually right in Iris' neigh [...]

    26. This was a pretty good mystery and was pretty clean with a few bad words but no sex. Twenty years ago when Iris was graduating from Harvard, one of her friends was murdered. Now the 10 people in her class are getting together, and she's hoping to find out who did it. Instead, two more of her classmates are murdered--and she's the primary suspect.It was kind of hard keeping all of the characters straight and some of the things that were thrown in were never really resolved--like Luc's divorce. Bu [...]

    27. This is a perfectly fine contemporary mystery. Pretty formulaic, set in and around Boston. Female protagonist is an architect, so interesting emphasis on architecture. Dialogue is okay and characters have some pizazz. The sexy younger chef boyfriend was introduced too early for my taste. I would have waited till she was better established as an individual. It's an early book in what will be a series, so perhaps there will be improvement. I will try another title in the series.

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