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  1. Renee Renee says:

    To begin I think I read this the most quickly of any book I ve read so far this year On a few days I actually spent some time reading just to read not reading before going to sleep, which is the norm for me That says something.This book was a departure from Barbieri s prior Murder 101 books in a few ways First, the dynamic between Alison and Crawford was markedly different than usual I won t give details because I don t want to spoil anything, but it was a difference done well Second, To begin I think I read this the most quickly of any book I ve read so far this year On a few days I actually spent some time reading just to read not reading before going to sleep, which is the norm for me That says something.This book was a departure from Barbieri s prior Murder 101 books in a few ways First, the dynamic between Alison and Crawford was markedly different than usual I won t give details because I don t want to spoil anything, but it was a difference done well Second, Alison s punishment special assignment from Dean Etheridge was very different from his usual he made her interim girls basketball coach hey, she did play CYO ball in high school She found help in the form of Crawford s partner, Fred, which means learningabout him along the way a third change She also worked to help her longtime friend and St Thomas chaplain, Kevin fourth And, finally, there s the whole initial murder to solve That was probably the least important plot in the entire book which perhaps makes it a fifth difference of itself.At first I thought the change came from a large time gap between books, but apparently not Whatever the reason, it s a change that I m enjoying I just wish that the next Murder 101 book, which I m currently reading, wasn t the last in the series


  2. Hmr28 Hmr28 says:

    I have had this series on auto buy since the first one and every on has gotten a 5 except this one Not that it was bad but it just was not up to par I think there were too many things going on in it and the ending was very abrupt The characters were as interesting as ever and the wonderful inside jokes were just as good as usual, the plot just was not up to snuff.


  3. Linden Linden says:

    Physical Education A Murder 101 Mystery by Maggie Barbieri tells the story of Alison Bergeron, an English professor at St Thomas, a small Catholic university in New York City She is an amateur sleuth and is married to Bobby Crawford a NYPD homicide detective who she calls Crawford Physical Education is about her taking on the job as interim coach of the St Thomas Blue Jays, the girls basketball team, after the sudden death of their coach during one of their games and her related investigati Physical Education A Murder 101 Mystery by Maggie Barbieri tells the story of Alison Bergeron, an English professor at St Thomas, a small Catholic university in New York City She is an amateur sleuth and is married to Bobby Crawford a NYPD homicide detective who she calls Crawford Physical Education is about her taking on the job as interim coach of the St Thomas Blue Jays, the girls basketball team, after the sudden death of their coach during one of their games and her related investigation of other suspicious events.Protagonist Bergeron has past history with the mob, possibly in a previous story since there are half a dozen Murder 101 mysteries, and in an opening chapter she discovers the body of a new mail room employee in her car trunk, seemingly a hit similar to past events The book follows several plot lines family life with Crawford and his two daughters, her life as a professor, her attempts to untangle the apparent framing of the priest who had served as campus chaplain, and her basketball coaching.While I breezed through Physical Education in only a day, it frustrated me in that too much happened off stage By that I mean that a very large proportion of the story was in the internal voice of the main character rather that of events themselves as they happened Also far too much of the story was told in short retrospective summaries of what would have been interesting action and interaction with her students and the basketball team Action itself was replaced by thought about an action remembered Here s an example of this from page 300 For the time being, all I needed to remember was how to make sure we beat the pants off the Roadrunners while not getting myself thrown out of the game The Roadrunners proved to be worthy adversaries, but we pulled out a 56 54 win, with Kristy having her best game ever She seemed to have channeled whatever stress she was under into her game, making her a scoring powerhouse Meaghan had a good game as well, but seemed a little off to me, as if she were playing on autopilot I worried if the events of the last several weeks Here the author takes Bergeron from thoughts about the game to come, gives us three sentences about the actual game, then takes us back to her thoughts again While people do have a life in their heads, a truer picture about characters comes from reading about them in various situations, what they actually do, other than thinking, and then glean who they are from how they think about what has happened Without the equivalent of, in essence, a control group as in a study, we have far too many events seen only through the filter of Bergeron s remembering Indeed throughout the book, the story line regularly hastens away from written action to Bergeron s retrospective thoughts about the action.From my own experience as a school librarian, I know our teachers encourage students in their writing to show not tell The idea is not a new one the Bay Area Writing Project was founded in 1974 on that very principle among others In Physical Education, were we to have less of Bergeron s thought, there would be plenty of room for us to have specific first hand accounting of events rather than generalizations about them For example, we read about Bergeron grading tests, but on areas of potential interest to the reader, such as what goes on in her classes as professor, she is mute We hear Bergeron s pep talks before a game, but on the sports action or coaching strategies, we have few examples When such silences occur in writing, it seems, to this reader at least, to suggest that the author doesn t know enough about what teachers do in university classes or what coaches do, to write about them Or has not done enough research to make these events real to the reader Or perhaps the idea of the main characters thoughts is a authorial choice If so, such a prolonged, prevalent voice becomes like a television in another room that we can t turn off to pay attention tointeresting matters.While the author wrote credible conversation between characters, there were proportionally few events that went past conversation or the travel between locations When action finally occurred in the story, it was a shock as well as a pleasure Here were some I really enjoyed the introduction to characters and the opening basketball game during which Coach Kovacs died a heckler during one of the basketball games in which Bergeron was thrown out and last, an attempt at kidnapping Alison and her daughters I was sorry the author didn t give usof these When she did they were greatly to her credit.I have some other gripes if you are tired of my grumbles, skip to the end In books that disappoint from the beginning, I just don t continue reading It is the story that is dissatisfactory in places that most frustrates me the near hit, the almost ran that wouldn t let me put it aside Here are those gripes 1 While the title is Physical Education, the primary scenes of that activity, short ones at that, are mostly of Bergeron sinking shots from the center court If physical education as title had to do with the educational perspective of coaching, there was all but none, save telling the team to run laps or drills unnamed or brief descriptions of the punishing activity unspecified her assistant assigned And finally, if the title referred to the physicality of sleuthing, the action was largely mental, with two exceptions One was getting a broken arm from being hit by a car the other was the countless times she complained about either coaching in high heels or the seemingly countless times she ran in them In the period of time the book covered wouldn t she d eventually have remembered her shoe problem if the pain was as great as indicated each time 2 The teaser on the front book flap says, and it isn t long before she suspects that the coach s death may bethan unexpected but premeditated as well This promised thread in the story is not only not explored but is quashed as a plot element very soon after his death by citing his medical issues and his SUV backseat full of fast food wrappers.Altogether, I m not inclined to readof Barbieri Of mystery writers, I prefer Brad Meltzer The Inner Circle , Michael Connolly The Drop , Dick Francis Reflex Ariana Franklin Mistress of the Art of Death and John Lescroart Nothing But the Truth These authors balance thought and action, offer the richness of setting, a vocabulary of various sectors of society or history, conversation that doesthan advance the story by revelation of character in action, and a mystery that isthan something simple made bigger andcomplicated by assumptions and misunderstandings


  4. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    I so enjoyed reading this book I have read this series from the first book, and I like the main characters.


  5. Julie Akeman Julie Akeman says:

    Fun and funny and lots of things going on here Some interesting developments in a character I was like irritated with and now feel sorry for.


  6. Nicole Nicole says:

    I was so disappointed with this book I ve read the previous 5 books in the series and, while they sometimes were just okay, most were good enough that I overlooked the constant fact that Barbieri has absolutely no idea what a college professor does Granted, these are cozy reads, BUT they are also academic mysteries So getting at least some of the character s life to be accurately represented seems to be an important issue In this book, I d go so far as to say that Barbieri not only doesn t g I was so disappointed with this book I ve read the previous 5 books in the series and, while they sometimes were just okay, most were good enough that I overlooked the constant fact that Barbieri has absolutely no idea what a college professor does Granted, these are cozy reads, BUT they are also academic mysteries So getting at least some of the character s life to be accurately represented seems to be an important issue In this book, I d go so far as to say that Barbieri not only doesn t get it, but that she seems to dislike academia or at least has an ax to grind with those in the university Full disclosure I am an academic, in case that was unclear But first let me get some other things off my chest.The cover What happened It looks like something I could have photoshopped in a very amateur fashion myself The other cover art was always cute a drawing of Allison tall, long dark hair, great high heels This Odd is one word But also, the woman pictured on the front looks NOTHING like Allison And no, the publisher didn t change Who came up with this The inside cover blurb Again, not Barbieri s fault But who wrote this My friend always chastises me for reading the inside or back cover before finishing a novel somehow she has the will power NOT to do so when reading a book I can barely stop myself and sometimes don t from reading the last few pages Well, in the inside cover, the first couple of sentences tell us exactly what Allison s new husband is up to That s a big problem because the better part of the book shows him, apparently, lying to her and acting strangely The reader is supposed to identify with Allison as she suspects her husband of infidelity or worse Granted, the hints are there as to what he s really doing, but, again, the purpose of the book is to figure this out with Allison and much of Barbieri s time is spent trying to build suspense The inside blurb makes ALL that effort on Barbieri s part pointless as it tells the reader what s happening from the onset So much for building suspense Okay, now back to the academia thing And no, this can t be blamed on someone other than Barbieri What is she trying to say about Allison How are we to understand her Yes, I get it these are fun books But if you aren t going to use the academic setting to any degree in its proper form, why use it at all I could give many, many examples but just a couple Allison cancels class at whim and, at one point, says she ll cancel the rest of the week if her students aren t excited and active in that day s class She makes the comment that her job is one she can do in her sleep Really Well, that must be because she isn t doing her job at all Where are the endless nights grading and lesson planning Meeting with students day in and out Committee work Scholarship Speaking of scholarship, I know no academic who knows less about her field supposedly Joyce than this one And she just teaches whatever she wants Sometimes Shakespeare, sometimes the Beats What Oh, and does she ever actually work She goes in when she wants, she leaves when she wants, she plays hooky, she gets weeks off for being sick, she RARELY works from home or on the weekends Sheesh I know I don t need to go on But really, I do wish Barbieri would do some minimal research to make this series work.So that takes us to the actual story This one was boring for me Painful almost I wasn t crazy about book 5 either, but recall liking book 4 quite a bit I just don t know if there will be a book 7 for me I want to like this series so much, but this level of agitation seems to suggest I call it quits with the Murder 101 series


  7. Rob Preece Rob Preece says:

    College Professor Alison Bergeron is already running late when the campus security guard stops her to tell her that her car s trunk is ajar Unfortunately, it s a dead body holding the trunk open and this isn t the first dead body to turn up in Alison s trunk Because Alison is involved, her cop husband can t take the case, but Alison knows the other cops on the case and, for the most part, she s content to think she isn t a suspect Alison doesn t mind doing a bit of amateur sleuthing, but s College Professor Alison Bergeron is already running late when the campus security guard stops her to tell her that her car s trunk is ajar Unfortunately, it s a dead body holding the trunk open and this isn t the first dead body to turn up in Alison s trunk Because Alison is involved, her cop husband can t take the case, but Alison knows the other cops on the case and, for the most part, she s content to think she isn t a suspect Alison doesn t mind doing a bit of amateur sleuthing, but she d rather spend her time trying to track down who is destroying the reputation of her favorite priest than sorting out what looks like another mob murder.Alison is still adjusting to life as a married woman, and one of the things she does is attend her step daughter s basketball games Which doesn t exactly make her a basketball expert, but when the team s coach dies of a sudden heart attack, Alison is tasked to take over coaching the basketball team Alison figures it s just as well that she s super busy, because her husband Bobby Crawford s schedule has suddenly taken a turn for the worse and he s coming home smelling of another woman s perfume.Author Maggie Barbieri deals with complicated situations e.g., the Catholic Church s swing toward anti woman and anti gay in a breezy and enjoyable style Watching Alison try to figure out how to coach a basketball team is also fun and I would have liked to seeof this side of the story While there is a lot to like about PHYSICAL EDUCATION, for me the plot didn t quite pull together There is a connection between the murder setting the story into motion and Alison s investigations, but the connection isn t close and Alison s work never really leads anywhere Likewise, the basketball angle was not really convincing surely the university could have found someone with a bit of basketball experience to take over the coaching , and the coincidence of the team being connected to her investigation of the priest was a bit hard to swallow.PHYSICAL EDUCATION held my interest and kept me reading, but I really thought the story could have been improved by some judicious editing


  8. Cheryl A Cheryl A says:

    In this 6th installment of the Murder 101 mystery series, we find college English Professor Alison Bergeron finally married to her long time beau, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford But married life isn t all she thought it would be Crawford s keeping strange hours, even for a cop, and she s trying to navigate her career, Crawford s job and her stepdaughters Erin and Meaghan Meaghan is attending St Thomas, where Alison teaches and is on the basketball team, adding onecommittment to juggle In this 6th installment of the Murder 101 mystery series, we find college English Professor Alison Bergeron finally married to her long time beau, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford But married life isn t all she thought it would be Crawford s keeping strange hours, even for a cop, and she s trying to navigate her career, Crawford s job and her stepdaughters Erin and Meaghan Meaghan is attending St Thomas, where Alison teaches and is on the basketball team, adding onecommittment to juggle But wait, it gets better The campus mail man turns up dead in the trunk of her car her second trunk corpse and the basketball coach dies of a heart attack after a game and Allison is appointed interim coach, based on her CYO experience and playing for St Thomas during her college years Allison is also still trying to prove her BFF, Father Kevin McManus, innocent of charges of inappropriate conduct while serving as school Chaplain And there s the really terrible basketball team, a bench warmer with no skills and overzealous parents How does she manage it all The answer is she doesn t Allison stumbles and fumbles her way through the pitfalls of her life, inadvertently discovering the truth to all of the puzzles plaguing her life The good hearted ineptitude of the character is what makes this series a delight I look forward to seeing what Allison gets up to next


  9. Jeannie and Louis Rigod Jeannie and Louis Rigod says:

    I read this book as Maggie Barbieri can not write anything but an excellent book, and she upheld my opinion with Physical Education the sixth novel in the A Murder 101 Mystery series.College Professor Dr Alison Bergeron is married to NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford after a long courtship There is something wrong though Bobby is carrying around some secrets and Alison is disturbed To make the situation eventense, her step daughter, Meaghan is living with them and the older st I read this book as Maggie Barbieri can not write anything but an excellent book, and she upheld my opinion with Physical Education the sixth novel in the A Murder 101 Mystery series.College Professor Dr Alison Bergeron is married to NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford after a long courtship There is something wrong though Bobby is carrying around some secrets and Alison is disturbed To make the situation eventense, her step daughter, Meaghan is living with them and the older step sister, Erin just plain hates her.At work, Alison is facing the days without her BFF, Father Kevin McManus who was removed for allegations of improper attention to a female student As Alison worries about solving that mystery, she goes to head home when the campus security officer tells her your trunk isn t latched It wasn t and onceAlison finds a body in her trunk.To top it off, the head coach of the Blue Jay s Basketball team dies and Alison is appointed the interim Head Coach Not a problem if she knew anything about basketball, which she doesn t There are two sisters that are on the team and it is obvious that they do not belong.Alison has to investigate and faces the fear that her new marriage is dissolving in front of her This was a very good solid murder mystery that reminds us of the first mystery Are they connected Well, with strong characters and funny one liners the trip to solving the crimes is entertaining


  10. Mary Sanchez Mary Sanchez says:

    Dr Alison Bergeron is an English professor at a Catholic College, newly married to NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford and looking forward to spending a quiet evening with him when a mailroom clerk is found dead in the trunk of her car the second time a murder victim has been dumped in Alison s trunk Is the murder related to a crime family like before Perhaps, but hubby Crawford isn t talking and goes undercover, which takes a toll on their relationship Alison also can t confide in her Dr Alison Bergeron is an English professor at a Catholic College, newly married to NYPD Homicide Detective Bobby Crawford and looking forward to spending a quiet evening with him when a mailroom clerk is found dead in the trunk of her car the second time a murder victim has been dumped in Alison s trunk Is the murder related to a crime family like before Perhaps, but hubby Crawford isn t talking and goes undercover, which takes a toll on their relationship Alison also can t confide in her friend and colleague, Father Kevin McManus, the college chaplain who has been accused by a student of inappropriate conduct and is on the way to being defrocked, but Alison takes determined and dangerous steps to try and prove his innocence As if there isn t enough drama in Alison s life, the school s basketball coach suddenly dies and Alison is asked to coach the team, with one of the members being Alison s stepdaughter There are also two sisters on the team, one of whom stinks, but the girls father insists she be allowed to play But why And then, Crawford s other daughter disappears so amateur sleuth Alison tries to sort all these problems, including the possibility that her marriage may be in trouble too Great one liners and characters, beside the mystery aspect, make this a page turner


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Physical Education ❰PDF❯ ✈ Physical Education Author Maggie Barbieri – Thomashillier.co.uk College English professor and sometime amateur sleuth Alison Bergeron would ve been thrilled to hear that her husband, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, was leaving Homicide if that were the whole story, College English professor and sometime amateur sleuth Alison Bergeron would ve been thrilled to hear that her husband, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, was leaving Homicide if that were the whole story, but it turns out that Bobby s next assignment is even worse undercover As if worrying about his involvement in a case he won t talk about at all wasn t bad enough, Alison is forced to take over the women s basketball team at St Thomas after the coach dies of a heart attack during a game She may not know much about basketball, but she s no stranger to sleuthing, and it isn t long before she suspects that the coach s death may be than unexpected but premeditated as wellWith Bobby deep undercover and Alison always on her way to deep trouble, it s only a matter of time before they run smack into each other in Physical Education, the latest in Maggie Barbieri s charming Murdermystery series.

    Physical Education Epub ↠ Hardcover talk about at all wasn t bad enough, Alison is forced to take over the women s basketball team at St Thomas after the coach dies of a heart attack during a game She may not know much about basketball, but she s no stranger to sleuthing, and it isn t long before she suspects that the coach s death may be than unexpected but premeditated as wellWith Bobby deep undercover and Alison always on her way to deep trouble, it s only a matter of time before they run smack into each other in Physical Education, the latest in Maggie Barbieri s charming Murdermystery series."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 342 pages
  • Physical Education
  • Maggie Barbieri
  • English
  • 09 December 2017
  • 0312593295

About the Author: Maggie Barbieri

Maggie Barbieri is the author of the Murder series, which is comprised of Murder Extracurricular Activities , Quick Study , Final Exam and Third Degree due November She lives in the New York metro area Hudson Valley with her husband, and two children By day she s a writer and editor of college textbooks She is currently at work on the sixth book in the series, still untitled.