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Officer Clare Sawyer, newly arrived at the University of Washington’s campus police department, hopes her investigation of a murdered professor will give her a chance to show her worth and prove to herself she made the right choice leaving the big city behind. Life on campus brings back uncomfortable memories, but she is determined to do her job and remain on the outskirts Officer Clare Sawyer, newly arrived at the University of Washington’s campus police department, hopes her investigation of a murdered professor will give her a chance to show her worth and prove to herself she made the right choice leaving the big city behind. Life on campus brings back uncomfortable memories, but she is determined to do her job and remain on the outskirts of the academic world. Until Professor Hart walks into her interrogation room… Architectural historian Libby Hart found her true home when she entered college, and she hasn’t left academia since. She loves her friends, her job, and the gorgeous buildings surrounding her. When the harsh reality of murder brings chaos into her world, she tries to help Clare restore order on campus. Clare and Libby are from different worlds, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore their growing feelings for one another—until the murderer targets Clare and danger threatens to destroy their happiness.


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Officer Clare Sawyer, newly arrived at the University of Washington’s campus police department, hopes her investigation of a murdered professor will give her a chance to show her worth and prove to herself she made the right choice leaving the big city behind. Life on campus brings back uncomfortable memories, but she is determined to do her job and remain on the outskirts Officer Clare Sawyer, newly arrived at the University of Washington’s campus police department, hopes her investigation of a murdered professor will give her a chance to show her worth and prove to herself she made the right choice leaving the big city behind. Life on campus brings back uncomfortable memories, but she is determined to do her job and remain on the outskirts of the academic world. Until Professor Hart walks into her interrogation room… Architectural historian Libby Hart found her true home when she entered college, and she hasn’t left academia since. She loves her friends, her job, and the gorgeous buildings surrounding her. When the harsh reality of murder brings chaos into her world, she tries to help Clare restore order on campus. Clare and Libby are from different worlds, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore their growing feelings for one another—until the murderer targets Clare and danger threatens to destroy their happiness.

30 review for With a Minor in Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Della B

    I always know when I am deep in a story’s thrall. My reading slows to a crawl to enjoy each word, story twist and especially in this case, Libby’s quips. Walsh has created two unique and compelling characters in Libby and Clare which I genuinely hope to see again in future novels. Karis Walsh are you listening? Libby Hart is a professor of architectural history who loves everything about academia. If she could, she would still live in student housing to never have to leave the campus. Officer Cla I always know when I am deep in a story’s thrall. My reading slows to a crawl to enjoy each word, story twist and especially in this case, Libby’s quips. Walsh has created two unique and compelling characters in Libby and Clare which I genuinely hope to see again in future novels. Karis Walsh are you listening? Libby Hart is a professor of architectural history who loves everything about academia. If she could, she would still live in student housing to never have to leave the campus. Officer Clare Sawyer has just made a hasty lateral move from the Seattle Police force to the campus police department. Clare is looking for career growth opportunities at the University of Washington policing department. An architectural professor is murdered on campus and Clare solicits Libby’s help to gain insight into the slain professor and the ins and outs of academia. The murder mystery is expertly composed with a number of plausible red herrings to muddy the waters until the reveal. Walsh paces the mystery perfectly with the romance to never allow a lag in either component. It is refreshing to read a high quality mystery in the romance genre. Clare and Libby’s growing attraction compliments the mystery perfectly. Walsh has a gift for dialogue. The bantering between Clare and Libby is a mix of humorous wit, soulful insights and architectural history lecture. I love learning about something that I would not have naturally sought out and architectural history now fascinates me. A Minor in Murder is an enjoyable and entertaining read for both mystery and romance readers. I received an advanced review copy from Bold Stroke Books through NetGalley. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    Officer Clare Sawyer is a recent transfer to the University Police Department and is still settling in when she meets Libby Hart in line at the coffee shop. Professor Hart has found herself in a rut but the new officer she meets makes her more bold than normal after their interactions turn flirty. When there is a murder on campus and Libby and Clare get pulled in to solving the case they both find a bit more than they were expecting. This was my first book by Karis Walsh and I definitely enjoyed Officer Clare Sawyer is a recent transfer to the University Police Department and is still settling in when she meets Libby Hart in line at the coffee shop. Professor Hart has found herself in a rut but the new officer she meets makes her more bold than normal after their interactions turn flirty. When there is a murder on campus and Libby and Clare get pulled in to solving the case they both find a bit more than they were expecting. This was my first book by Karis Walsh and I definitely enjoyed it. I loved the murder mystery side story in addition to Libby and Clare’s romance. The characters were likable and kept the plot flowing. The mystery is engaging but doesn’t take over the whole plot, still leaving space for the romance. I did find a couple things a bit unrealistic and the romance was a bit insta-love with the characters understanding quirks about each other’s personality 2 weeks after meeting. Clare’s partner, Cappy, also seems to have really deep insight into her character flaws after the same two weeks of working together. I did enjoy the book though and would recommend picking it up if you’re looking for a fun murder mystery with a side of romance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo reece

    Karis Walsh's books are either a hit or miss with me. The premise of the plot appealed to me, but in all honesty, I expected more thrill, a tad more excitement. With a Minor in Murder isn't a bad book, it is a pretty good read. Not a page-turner which I was hoping for but all in all, I did enjoy it. How quickly the relationship between the 2 main characters, Clare and Libby seemed to happen very quickly, not much spark there, I'm not a fan of ‘quickly formed relationships With a Minor in Murder Karis Walsh's books are either a hit or miss with me. The premise of the plot appealed to me, but in all honesty, I expected more thrill, a tad more excitement. With a Minor in Murder isn't a bad book, it is a pretty good read. Not a page-turner which I was hoping for but all in all, I did enjoy it. How quickly the relationship between the 2 main characters, Clare and Libby seemed to happen very quickly, not much spark there, I'm not a fan of ‘quickly formed relationships With a Minor in Murder is a good read, something to settle down with on a Sunday evening. I've given With a Minor in Murder a 3.5 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This is my second book by Walsh and I liked it much better than the first book I read by this author. As you can gather from the title this book centers around a murder, or a couple of murders. One of our MCs is a new police officer/ detective for the campus police. I never knew that was a separate division with other rules. Clare has come to the university division to have better career opportunities. During her first week she meets Libby, a multi disciplinary professor focused mainly on archite This is my second book by Walsh and I liked it much better than the first book I read by this author. As you can gather from the title this book centers around a murder, or a couple of murders. One of our MCs is a new police officer/ detective for the campus police. I never knew that was a separate division with other rules. Clare has come to the university division to have better career opportunities. During her first week she meets Libby, a multi disciplinary professor focused mainly on architecture and history. Clare gets assigned a murder case with a very reluctant partner in Cappy. I enjoy all interactions they have together, it’s direct, it’s banter, this is the way I love to communicate as well. The sparks between Clare and Libby are there as well and I like how forward and flirty Libby is, it’s funny how she shocks herself with it. As for the murder mystery, I had some suspicions, it isn’t a very hard case to crack, it does remain entertaining and keeps you on your toes.. I liked the writing, the characters and I wouldn’t mind if this would turn into a series. The potential is there. *ARC received in exchange for a voluntary and honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    A woman who made it up to the Detective level of the Seattle PD up and quits one day because her temporary assignment to the Homicide unit ended with her being pulled back into her prior position, and some dumb man was made a permanent detective with the unit. Not sure how dumb or not dumb the man was, all the above took place before the start of this book and the dumb comment was made in passing. Book opens as that specific woman, Clare Sawyer, starting her first day with the University of Washi A woman who made it up to the Detective level of the Seattle PD up and quits one day because her temporary assignment to the Homicide unit ended with her being pulled back into her prior position, and some dumb man was made a permanent detective with the unit. Not sure how dumb or not dumb the man was, all the above took place before the start of this book and the dumb comment was made in passing. Book opens as that specific woman, Clare Sawyer, starting her first day with the University of Washington's Campus police department in/near/around the Seattle area. One note I didn't think I'd distract myself from feeling the need to make: it was a lateral move, moving from Detective with Seattle PD to the University police department, meaning she's still a Detective. So why does the book description say "Officer Clare Sawyer"? Isn't that one of those things you see in fiction, and possible real life? "Ma'am, I'm a detective, not an officer"? No? Eh, whatever, let's move on. Right, so. On Clare's first day she gets some food on campus, specifically a lemon bar. Yes, I plan to detail every single thing that happens in this book in vivid detail. heh. No. Reason I mentioned: the woman behind her orders her usual Monday morning lemon bar and drink. Only . . . the last lemon bar had been bought! By Clare! So this is how the two main point of view characters meet for the first time. Naturally they immediately become friends or lovers, or, at least, acquaintances. Nope, weeks go by before they bump into each other again. This time while Clare is on the job. That other main character is Professor Libby Hart. And why does Libby meet Clare "on the job"? Because, at some point between their first meeting and second, a professor is murdered right outside the library. A professor who worked in the same department (or, well, one of them), that Libby works in. They meet because Clare is interviewing professors. There's some kind of instant chemistry going on here, something that causes Libby act somewhat against her normal nature. This involves such things as offering to guide Clare into the murdered guys life, and help Clare learn more about the inner workings of the campus. Oh, and flirt. One thing leads to another and . . . Clare takes her up on the offer. For reasons (reasonable reasons). The two grow closer, stuff happens, people die, etc. On their own, I'm not specifically sure I'd feel the same way I do about the two main characters, but together in the same book, I rather liked them and enjoyed their bantering. The others, including the two main POV characters friends, Clare's boss, and Clare's partner seem to have had a certain amount of characterization added to them, but they also seem to be a mix of stereotypes and thinly characterized extras. That . . . can be problematic when you are dealing with a Mystery, and need to spot the killer. Did I spot the killer before they were revealed? No, but rereading this paragraph, I probably should have. I was somewhat distracted by the nice bantering, between Clare & Libby, and between Clare and Crappy, Clare's police partner. Wait, no, Cappy, for Caprice. Not Crapy for Craprice. I think. I liked the mystery, the budding romance, and the characters. Rating: 4.67 May 19 2022

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    Officer Clare just start to settle in her new job when a murder concur and she and her reluctant partner Cappy are task to finding out who will murder professor Jimmy Turnbow. Libby is a professor at the University when her friends ask her to break out of her routine to come out of her comfort zone she meets Clare and they hit it off and she decides to help Clare with the investigation. I enjoy this read I love the banter that Clare and Libby had it’s was so cute that they only know each other f Officer Clare just start to settle in her new job when a murder concur and she and her reluctant partner Cappy are task to finding out who will murder professor Jimmy Turnbow. Libby is a professor at the University when her friends ask her to break out of her routine to come out of her comfort zone she meets Clare and they hit it off and she decides to help Clare with the investigation. I enjoy this read I love the banter that Clare and Libby had it’s was so cute that they only know each other for short time but it’s felt like they knew each other for years. I like Libby friends and Clare friends. I like that Cappy warm up to Clare and I was surprise who the murder was why they did it. This could easily be on the Hallmark Movie & Mysteries. I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Madigan Likes to Read

    Unfortunately, this did not work for me. My parents were in law enforcement. Through them I have a reasonable understanding of police procedure. As a result, I was unable to accept almost everything about this book. In my view, the biggest ask was believing that a major city PD would allow woefully inexperienced college campus police to investigate a murder. It was a hurdle I couldn't get over. Less egregious but also not great, this one contains shoddy detective work. Early in the book Clare own Unfortunately, this did not work for me. My parents were in law enforcement. Through them I have a reasonable understanding of police procedure. As a result, I was unable to accept almost everything about this book. In my view, the biggest ask was believing that a major city PD would allow woefully inexperienced college campus police to investigate a murder. It was a hurdle I couldn't get over. Less egregious but also not great, this one contains shoddy detective work. Early in the book Clare owns (via internal monologue) that she is inexperienced, so I was never quite sure if this was intentionally the story of a bumbling campus police office. This one is a pass for me but may be enjoyable to those less familiar with investigative work. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    Clare has recently quit her detective job in a huff and is starting work for the smaller University of Washington Police Force. She fears she has made a career mistake. When a murder happens on campus it is her chance to prove herself to her new force. Libby has double PHD’s and loves teaching and architecture. Her friends have an intervention suggesting she take up a new hobby or interest. When she is questioned regarding the murder she decides her new interest will be helping Clare understand Clare has recently quit her detective job in a huff and is starting work for the smaller University of Washington Police Force. She fears she has made a career mistake. When a murder happens on campus it is her chance to prove herself to her new force. Libby has double PHD’s and loves teaching and architecture. Her friends have an intervention suggesting she take up a new hobby or interest. When she is questioned regarding the murder she decides her new interest will be helping Clare understand the University and the campus ins and outs. Libby is delightfully flirty and the ease of their conversations are fun. This is a fairly simple investigation but it draws the two together. The feelings between the two grow but physically there isn’t intimacy beyond kissing. (I’ve only read one other book by the author and it also was PG, so maybe that is her style preference.) I thought the pacing is good as is the developing relationship between Clare and Libby. I also like Cappy, and seeing Clare’s working relationship grow as they become police partners. There is a lot of talk about architecture which I enjoy but it can be skimmed if you have less interest. An entertaining read. Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl S

    Wow, I am really going to be in the minority here. I found this story to be very boring with splashes of excitement that lasted a few pages. The romance was tepid, the murder mystery was so guessable and the epilog was more of the same. After reading other reviews I was so anxious to start reading. But sadly it was not to be. I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. With a Minor in Murder is a standalone romance/mystery by Karis Walsh. Released 10th May 2022 by Bold Strokes Books, it's 252 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is a campus murder mystery, full of historical minutiae Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. With a Minor in Murder is a standalone romance/mystery by Karis Walsh. Released 10th May 2022 by Bold Strokes Books, it's 252 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is a campus murder mystery, full of historical minutiae and academics. It's told in third person PoV and surprisingly well written. There were some plot points on which my suspension of disbelief got stuck, however. I couldn't, for example, find any sources online where campus police ever investigate serious crimes, especially not murder. For readers who get past that hurdle, it's a readable and engaging book. The main characters are well rendered and three dimensional. Most of the secondary characters are lightly sketched in and seem to primarily be there to provide plot advancement. I enjoyed the discussions of art and architecture and history. I get the feeling that the author has a deep and eclectic interest in the subject and she does a good job of making it accessible and interesting. Readers who are interested primarily in a murder mystery in a rarefied academic setting (Kate Fansler, Inspector Morse, Hilary Tamar) will likely be outraged and/or disappointed. Readers who are after a lightly drama filled F/F romance which is well written and smut-free will find a lot to like here. There is no NSFW sexual content. Some of the on-page descriptions are moderately graphic (throat slashing and blunt force trauma). Three and a half stars. It's unclear if this is a series starter. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Henriette

    4.5 Well-written romantic suspense set in academia Is Walsh‘s newest book a supense with a minor in romance or vice versa? Both parts are in my opinion well balanced. I really liked both main characters: Libby the enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who is a bit set in her ways. She infused the story with all sorts of interesting tidbits about architecture and history - I love if the setting expands my mind and appreciation of something and this constant infusion of the love of teaching and archite 4.5 Well-written romantic suspense set in academia Is Walsh‘s newest book a supense with a minor in romance or vice versa? Both parts are in my opinion well balanced. I really liked both main characters: Libby the enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who is a bit set in her ways. She infused the story with all sorts of interesting tidbits about architecture and history - I love if the setting expands my mind and appreciation of something and this constant infusion of the love of teaching and architecture hit the spot for me. Clare is the counterpart to Libby: very earnest and career oriented and not much into academics. Turns out there is a good reason for that. Both characters evolve, there is a mutual attraction. I was glad to see that the author avoided insta-love and insta-sex. She gives the romance its proper time to develop. The suspense is the steady basso ostinato of this book. It‘s interesting, well developed, the perp is not too obvious - well done. I really grew to like Clare‘s colleagues, Kent and Cappy. The writing is steady and just right and well-proved. I esp. loved the witty banter going on throughout the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    With A Minor In Murder  is a fun romantic murder mystery and the first Karis Walsh book I have read. Set on a University Campus, Libby, a professor, volunteers herself into a murder investigation being led by Clare, who is new to her position.  Having only briefly met beforehand, these two have instant chemestry. Libby is hillarious! The banter getting thrown back and forth between herself and Clare really took the edge off a gritty topic, while keeping the reader held in suspense. There are sev With A Minor In Murder  is a fun romantic murder mystery and the first Karis Walsh book I have read. Set on a University Campus, Libby, a professor, volunteers herself into a murder investigation being led by Clare, who is new to her position.  Having only briefly met beforehand, these two have instant chemestry. Libby is hillarious! The banter getting thrown back and forth between herself and Clare really took the edge off a gritty topic, while keeping the reader held in suspense. There are several secondary characters who also add to the plot with so much clever dialogue being exchanged resulting in a lot of laugh out loud moments. The mystery side of the story kept me guessing until the last moment. It was well thought out and captivating. Karis Walsh set the scenes using the history and architecture of the university to paint beautiful pictures of the locations. If you like mystery mixed in with humour and a bunch of strong willed independent women, I definitely recommend checking this story out. I received an ARC from the publisher Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley for my honest review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Clare Sawyer, a Seattle Police detective, quit her job in a snit when a man was given her coveted position as a murder investigator. Needless to say, she hadn’t considered the consequences of walking out the door. When she regained her equilibrium, she realized she had few options. She found herself employed by the University of Washington’s campus police department. While it isn’t her ideal job by any stretch of the imagination, she figures she can use it as a stepping-stone to something more s Clare Sawyer, a Seattle Police detective, quit her job in a snit when a man was given her coveted position as a murder investigator. Needless to say, she hadn’t considered the consequences of walking out the door. When she regained her equilibrium, she realized she had few options. She found herself employed by the University of Washington’s campus police department. While it isn’t her ideal job by any stretch of the imagination, she figures she can use it as a stepping-stone to something more suited to her self-image. On the new job, she initially does everything wrong, and her resentment grows. When a professor is found murdered on the steps of one of the university’s buildings, she is assigned to work with another officer and she’s not happy. As she investigates, Clare meets quirky Professor Libby Hart. Romance is not anywhere on Clare’s radar, but the fates don’t care. Walsh has written a mystery/romance with two main characters who prove that opposites attract. The author has developed her secondary characters well, especially Clare’s new colleagues. The author’s writing keeps the story moving along despite numerous detours to describe the buildings on the campus. There are enough twists and turns, including a second murder, to keep even the most jaded reader coming back to this book. The guilty party is hidden in plain sight and might surprise readers. The romance is subtle and isn’t consummated leaving the reader to wonder if this is the first book in a series featuring Clare and Libby. If you’re looking for a fast-paced mystery, this isn’t it. However, if you’re looking for a well-written mystery with a slow-burn romance sub-plot, this is the book for you. My thanks to Bold Strokes Books for an eARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LE

    My first Walsh book and I absolutely loved it! I love crime-mystery with romance combined and this was so well done. Clare and Libby have such great chemistry from the get-go (meet-cute and lemon bars) and I enjoyed their flirty banter a lot! I'm also an architecture fan so this whole plot line was great, especially being interwined with the murders and investigation. I actually didn't guess the murderer until it was revealed but was amazed because it was very cleverly done. Maybe I'm also just a My first Walsh book and I absolutely loved it! I love crime-mystery with romance combined and this was so well done. Clare and Libby have such great chemistry from the get-go (meet-cute and lemon bars) and I enjoyed their flirty banter a lot! I'm also an architecture fan so this whole plot line was great, especially being interwined with the murders and investigation. I actually didn't guess the murderer until it was revealed but was amazed because it was very cleverly done. Maybe I'm also just a little rusty in the crime book department. An absolute joy to read and so much potential for a series, would 100% recommend!

  15. 5 out of 5

    rachael

    I was surprised on the who done it. The romance was ok, although there were no steamy scenes there was intimate ones. There is also quite a bit of architecture that is pretty descriptive.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    This is about new campus police officer Clare who recently quit the SPD, she feels uncomfortable in her new position and is doubting her career change. A murder occurs on campus and since she has experience, she is put in charge of solving it. Libby Hart is a professor of Architecture and History and loves the buildings on campus and all the history surrounding them. She also befriends and guides troubled students to enjoy campus life and bringing them out of their shells. This is a light romanc This is about new campus police officer Clare who recently quit the SPD, she feels uncomfortable in her new position and is doubting her career change. A murder occurs on campus and since she has experience, she is put in charge of solving it. Libby Hart is a professor of Architecture and History and loves the buildings on campus and all the history surrounding them. She also befriends and guides troubled students to enjoy campus life and bringing them out of their shells. This is a light romance with a bit of witty dialogue between the MCs and supporting cast. I liked Libby and her outlook on life. Clare’s cop partner Cappy and Sargent Kent added a lot to the story as supporting characters. The murder mystery is an easy one without much graphic violence. ARC received in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

    I enjoy reads that involve colleges and universities. I also like mysteries. This was an enjoyable read with an interesting story. Officer Clare Sawyer, decides to leave her current position and join the University of Washington campus police department because she felt her talents and skills were not being utilized or appreciated. Professor Libby Hart, architectural historian, loves her job. When a murder takes place on campus, Clare and Libby work together to solve it. I like the interaction be I enjoy reads that involve colleges and universities. I also like mysteries. This was an enjoyable read with an interesting story. Officer Clare Sawyer, decides to leave her current position and join the University of Washington campus police department because she felt her talents and skills were not being utilized or appreciated. Professor Libby Hart, architectural historian, loves her job. When a murder takes place on campus, Clare and Libby work together to solve it. I like the interaction between Libby and Clare with good dialogue and banter. The murder mystery provided several red herrings which is one of the foundations of a good mystery. I also liked the secondary characters especially Cappy and their boss. Even though there is a murder which is sad, there is also humor.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margaret L. Hedman

    Excellent. I really enjoyed With A Minor in Murder. Just the right combination of romance, police procedure and murder. A fun book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Celina

    𝚃𝙷𝙴𝙼𝙴𝚂: 𝚁𝙾𝙼𝙰𝙽𝙲𝙴. 𝙾𝙵𝙵𝙸𝙲𝙴𝚁/𝙿𝚁𝙾𝙵𝙴𝚂𝚂𝙾𝚁. 𝙼𝚈𝚂𝚃𝙴𝚁𝚈. 𝙷𝙴𝙰. I love how simple the story is. I thought it was going to be all about murder but my heart melted along. The start, middle and end were really good and well-written. The romance build-up between Clare and Libby was so sweet. I love how Karis handled them. There was a sweet delicacy and understanding between them, I loved it. The murder seemed such a byline but also NOT. (If that makes sense.) 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝘄𝘆𝗲𝗿: I loved the sweetness, the vulnera 𝚃𝙷𝙴𝙼𝙴𝚂: 𝚁𝙾𝙼𝙰𝙽𝙲𝙴. 𝙾𝙵𝙵𝙸𝙲𝙴𝚁/𝙿𝚁𝙾𝙵𝙴𝚂𝚂𝙾𝚁. 𝙼𝚈𝚂𝚃𝙴𝚁𝚈. 𝙷𝙴𝙰. I love how simple the story is. I thought it was going to be all about murder but my heart melted along. The start, middle and end were really good and well-written. The romance build-up between Clare and Libby was so sweet. I love how Karis handled them. There was a sweet delicacy and understanding between them, I loved it. The murder seemed such a byline but also NOT. (If that makes sense.) 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝘄𝘆𝗲𝗿: I loved the sweetness, the vulnerability but also the strength and acceptance of her flaws??. Her backstory was sad but I am glad she made it. 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗯𝘆 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝘁: Now, she was the true sweetheart. Her humour was so endearing. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬: I loved how each character had their friends that cared about them. 𝙄 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣 𝘼𝙍𝘾 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝘽𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚 𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙉𝙚𝙩𝙜𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Bold Strokes Books, Inc and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own. A delightful debut, well written mystery, suspenseful story I look forward to reading more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Libby Hart, an architectural historian, is just where she wanted to be career wise. The only thing missing was someone in her life. She has great friends who keep trying to break Libby out of the rut she’s in. Clare Sawyer worked with the police force in Seattle but it seemed everyone was moving up the ladder. So she turns in her uniform for another one, working with the police force at the University of Washington. She hated her whole university experience but now instead of being a student s Libby Hart, an architectural historian, is just where she wanted to be career wise. The only thing missing was someone in her life. She has great friends who keep trying to break Libby out of the rut she’s in. Clare Sawyer worked with the police force in Seattle but it seemed everyone was moving up the ladder. So she turns in her uniform for another one, working with the police force at the University of Washington. She hated her whole university experience but now instead of being a student she spends her time helping staff and students. Much better. What Clare didn’t expect was murder. Not knowing the ways around university, she was glad when Libby offered to help her find the person responsible. The attraction is something both women will have to work with. Ms Walsh surprised me when not once did a horse make its way into this romance. Not complaining, just observing. Great cast along with a very interesting plot. Very enjoyable read. ARC via NetGalley/ Bold Stroke Books

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of a murder mystery and it was an added bonus that the characters were sapphic and well written. Clare Sawyer is a recently transferred police officer to the university police department. She meets Libby Hart who is a professor with a hard set routine. There is a murder on campus that Clare takes the lead on with her partner Cappy. Cappy, Clare, and Libby are thrust together to get to the bottom of it. My favorite part of this book is that the plot was re I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of a murder mystery and it was an added bonus that the characters were sapphic and well written. Clare Sawyer is a recently transferred police officer to the university police department. She meets Libby Hart who is a professor with a hard set routine. There is a murder on campus that Clare takes the lead on with her partner Cappy. Cappy, Clare, and Libby are thrust together to get to the bottom of it. My favorite part of this book is that the plot was really well rounded. The murder mystery got as much air time as the romance and all felt complete. Another great part is that the characters had some amazing dialogue. Libby was my favorite character and I really enjoyed the chemistry between her and Clare. Ultimately, this is a great sapphic murder mystery and I highly recommend checking it out! *Thank you NetGalley and publishers for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danica

    “The least you can do after accusing me of murder is buy me lunch.” A sapphic murder mystery? Yes, please! With A Minor in Murder is a cute book that I found myself invested in. Both the murder mystery and the romance were equally intriguing and I liked the way that the point of view switched between the two main characters, Officer Clare Sawyer and Professor Libby Hart, as we got to see their relationship grow. From the beginning of cute banter and it just grows to be a nice relationship from t “The least you can do after accusing me of murder is buy me lunch.” A sapphic murder mystery? Yes, please! With A Minor in Murder is a cute book that I found myself invested in. Both the murder mystery and the romance were equally intriguing and I liked the way that the point of view switched between the two main characters, Officer Clare Sawyer and Professor Libby Hart, as we got to see their relationship grow. From the beginning of cute banter and it just grows to be a nice relationship from there. I felt that the character interactions were realistic and made me feel like I was reading about a real couple, who had lives outside of being together. There was excitement and insecurity, which is reality for everyone. I really liked seeing the characters grow to be more comfortable with each other. I laughed a few times and nearly cried a few times. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Domi

    Instead of the stunning environment setting and often the inclusion of animals in the books by Karis Walsh this one had an academical setting. It's a light mystery / romance with two engaging leads in Clare, the new cop on campus and Libby, one of the teachers there. The dialogue is natural as usual with fun banter, the vivid descriptions I associate with Walsh' work are still there, only focused on architecture instead of nature. The plot moves forward rather slowly, but with that the writer avo Instead of the stunning environment setting and often the inclusion of animals in the books by Karis Walsh this one had an academical setting. It's a light mystery / romance with two engaging leads in Clare, the new cop on campus and Libby, one of the teachers there. The dialogue is natural as usual with fun banter, the vivid descriptions I associate with Walsh' work are still there, only focused on architecture instead of nature. The plot moves forward rather slowly, but with that the writer avoids the insta-love trap so for me it worked when it came to their relationship and even though I like the relaxed writing she has shown in many of her previous books I am not sure if it's a good fit within this genre. I know a lot people like those slower paced mystery novels though, so if you are one of them this is a great pick for you! ***Thank you Netgalley and Bold Stroke Books for the chance to read and review this book***

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty Bryant

    I loved everything about this book. The relationship between Clare and Libby was a friends to girlfriends slow burn cute relationship , I loved how they interacted with each other, their relationship was very flirty and playful, but serious when it needed to be. The murder mystery was really good and kept me guessing who done it till nearly the very end of the book. The supporting characters were well written and helped to move the story along. I get the feeling that this is book one of a series I loved everything about this book. The relationship between Clare and Libby was a friends to girlfriends slow burn cute relationship , I loved how they interacted with each other, their relationship was very flirty and playful, but serious when it needed to be. The murder mystery was really good and kept me guessing who done it till nearly the very end of the book. The supporting characters were well written and helped to move the story along. I get the feeling that this is book one of a series and if so I am here for it. I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends and family, and I look forward to what comes next from this author.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is an entertaining and well written book. You have to suspend judgement to a degree ;-) because an inexperienced officer and an academic would surely not be investigating in this way. But put that aside and the interaction and push/pull between the lead characters is well captured and nicely developed. I like the slow change in the partnership between the existing campus cop and the new officer Clare. The plotting is a little slow but it allows the relationships to develop and I enjoyed the This is an entertaining and well written book. You have to suspend judgement to a degree ;-) because an inexperienced officer and an academic would surely not be investigating in this way. But put that aside and the interaction and push/pull between the lead characters is well captured and nicely developed. I like the slow change in the partnership between the existing campus cop and the new officer Clare. The plotting is a little slow but it allows the relationships to develop and I enjoyed the book. This might not be as strong as Ms Walsh’s previous books but it is a good addition to her catalogue and I will continue to read her work. I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I found this crime story gripping, with an unexpected twist in terms of who the murderer was. A newly transferred Police Officer Clare takes time to adjust to the slower pace of being an on campus officer, until there is a murder. She meets Libby, the local architecture academic, who tries to help her solve the case by almost becoming the suspect, with her unfortunate sense of humour. Libby has an engaging group of friends and Clare builds a working relationship with her prickly partner Cappy. A I found this crime story gripping, with an unexpected twist in terms of who the murderer was. A newly transferred Police Officer Clare takes time to adjust to the slower pace of being an on campus officer, until there is a murder. She meets Libby, the local architecture academic, who tries to help her solve the case by almost becoming the suspect, with her unfortunate sense of humour. Libby has an engaging group of friends and Clare builds a working relationship with her prickly partner Cappy. All the characters are well written and entertaining. I also enjoyed working out who committed the murders. With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

    A murder mystery story with a queer romance burgeoning as the MC's work together to solve the mystery, what's not to love about this book? Clare Sawyer, newly appointed officer at the Uni has a point to prove when she's given the opportunity of solving the murder of a lecturer.  Professor Libby Hart has been challenged by her friends to change up her non eventful life so when her colleague is murdered and after initially finding herself a suspect she jumps into action to assist Clare in solving A murder mystery story with a queer romance burgeoning as the MC's work together to solve the mystery, what's not to love about this book? Clare Sawyer, newly appointed officer at the Uni has a point to prove when she's given the opportunity of solving the murder of a lecturer.  Professor Libby Hart has been challenged by her friends to change up her non eventful life so when her colleague is murdered and after initially finding herself a suspect she jumps into action to assist Clare in solving the murder.  An enjoyable read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This was a well written murder mystery/romance that was filled with suspense. I thought the Main characters were highly intelligent, strong and had great chemistry. The supporting characters helped moved the story along nicely. Overall, an entertaining read, Well done. I recommend stars. Thank you NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Rae

    Fun murder mystery, with a side of romance. Clair Sawyer hastily quit her job with the Seattle PD, and now finds herself as the newest officer of the University of Washington Police Department. Hoping to get a chance to prove herself, outside of drunk frat boys and small time vandalism, the murder of a professor looks like the perfect opportunity. Enter Professor Libby Hart. Libby Hart, Professor of architecture and many other subjects she finds interesting, has been told she needs a hobby. So wh Fun murder mystery, with a side of romance. Clair Sawyer hastily quit her job with the Seattle PD, and now finds herself as the newest officer of the University of Washington Police Department. Hoping to get a chance to prove herself, outside of drunk frat boys and small time vandalism, the murder of a professor looks like the perfect opportunity. Enter Professor Libby Hart. Libby Hart, Professor of architecture and many other subjects she finds interesting, has been told she needs a hobby. So what if she follows the same schedule every day of the week, and eats the same pastries on a rotating schedule. When her coworker is murdered she finds a new hobby, and crush, all in the same place. She is going to help Officer Sawyer solve the murder. This book was a pretty solid mystery, not too many twists and turns, but I didn’t automatically guess who it was either. My favorite part of this was Libby, her personality is so bright and when she was speaking I felt like I could hear her excitement in the text. The romance was over a quick period of time but the author didn’t rely on physical intimacy to push them together. The chemistry builds naturally through their conversations. - I was provided this book as an ARC for an honest review.

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