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Young professor Meg Doherty has long held a dark secret. 

When a renowned professor is viciously murdered at a Manhattan conference, Meg stumbles upon the scene and quickly becomes the prime suspect. It falls to her brother, Shamus, to help prove Meg's innocence.

The estranged sister and brother we met in Reardon's debut novel, Shadow Campus, now find they know less about each other than they thought. In this stand alone sequel, caught in NYC's blinding media spotlight, gilded society and criminal underworld, the pair must confront not only Meg's secret but a long-suppressed family mystery.

Damned If She Does "artfully stirs" what Kirkus Reviews describes as a "dangerous cauldron of ambitious scholars." "Informed and searing" in her "takedown of ivory tower politics", Reardon makes us work for answers throughout the "page-turning scenes" of this MeToo whodunit.

*A Kirkus Reviews 2020 “Great Indie Books Worth Discovering”

©2020 Kathleen Kelley Reardon (P)2020 Kathleen Kelley Reardon

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  • 2021-05-30

Absorbing from the first page.

This is the second in a series by talented author Kathleen Reardon. Each book is an independent read and both are absorbing from the first page. (Shadow Campus is the first.) Set during an academic conference the lead quickly comes upon a murder. Reardon skillfully weaves a believable but incredible story as the characters’ intertwined relationships with the murdered subject unfolds. Academia is a rough and tumble world and this book reveals how true the saying “publish or perish” is. The gender power imbalance is also explored. Plenty of twists and turns and a cliff hanger at the end. I would have been happy for the book to continue and hope the author writes a third about Meg Doherty and her brother, Shamus. A solid mystery worth listening to or reading in hard copy. Highly recommend.