C. S. Challinor

Phi Beta Murder*

Foreword Magazine Review:

Readers meet up once again with Rex Graves in the third mystery to follow the Scottish barrister with a knack for getting involved in the ultimate crime. Rex is on his way out of the beautiful Scottish countryside leaving behind Helen, his new woman friend and his mother to visit his son on the campus of his American college. Campbell Graves is supposed to be enjoying life at Hilliard University in Jacksonville, Florida, but lately on the phone he's sounded rather distant, and Rex wants nothing more than to see his son and make sure everything is all right. Unfortunately the day he steps on campus is the day a young man is found in his locked room hanging from the ceiling. Soon Rex must split his time between worrying about his son, solving a crime that seems to involve a million people with a million different agendas, and trying to balance his love life without losing people in the process. Humor and well-written characters add to the story, as does some reflection on the causes of suicide. A wonderful read and great plot for cozy mystery lovers.


* This title has not been endorsed by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The Phi Beta Kappa fraternity depicted in the novel is in no way affiliated nor associated with the Phi Beta Kappa Society.


Rex Graves #8
It’s a dark day for Scottish barrister Rex Graves when he learns that Lord Gordon Murgatroyd, AKA Judge Murder, has died—supposedly of natural causes. His daughter Phoebe thinks otherwise and enlists Rex's help. With a target on his back and a child abduction case gripping the region, Rex fears that the judge’s death won’t be an isolated incident.
Rex Graves #7
When a spate of murders takes place in a quiet riverfront community in south-central England, Rex Graves is called upon to lend his investigatory expertise. For the first time in his sleuthing career, Rex finds he has good reason to fear for his life.
Rex Graves #6
Ringing in the New Year turns deadly at Rex's Hogmanay celebration in the Scottish Highlands. As the clock strikes midnight and the power goes out, the inheritors of Gleneagle Castle are found dead. Rex must use his skills of intellect and detection to catch the culprit in this traditional locked-room mystery.
Rex Graves #5
Poison is served up with the wedding cake and champagne at Newcombe Court in the English countryside, where Rex Graves has been invited as Helen's reluctant guest.
Rex Graves #4
Rex Graves holds a housewarming party at his newly converted hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands and discovers there's a serial killer on the loose.
Rex Graves #3
Rex Graves investigates an apparent suicide at his son's college in Florida and opens up a can of worms.
Rex Graves #2
Scottish barrister-sleuth Rex Graves unwittingly travels to an exclusive nudist resort in the French West Indies to solve the mystery of a missing actress.
Rex Graves #1
Not even a blizzard on the Sussex coast can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, but instead of Christmas cheer, the Scottish barrister finds a dead guest.