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Bleeding Maize Blue is the third in Susan Holtzer s Anneke Haagen mystery series In the opener, Something to Kill For which I read in 2012 click title for review Anneke, a local computer consultant, is involved in a murder amongst the antiquing crowd and she winds up romantically entangled with Lieutenant Karl Genesko, a handsome ex football player turned police detective Now, Anneke and Karl are sharing their life and a home and are gearing up to share the spotlight at the University of Bleeding Maize Blue is the third in Susan Holtzer s Anneke Haagen mystery series In the opener, Something to Kill For which I read in 2012 click title for review Anneke, a local computer consultant, is involved in a murder amongst the antiquing crowd and she winds up romantically entangled with Lieutenant Karl Genesko, a handsome ex football player turned police detective Now, Anneke and Karl are sharing their life and a home and are gearing up to share the spotlight at the University of Michigan s President s Weekend The festivities include a President s reception, a football game, and a tribute the All American, three time Superbowl winner, 54 of the Wolverine football team, U.M alumnus Karl The Pass Genesko Scheduled for half time of the big game is the retirement of Genesko s jersey.But before the weekend can get underway, the Michigan Daily, independent student newspaper, breaks a story that may be the makings of reporter Zoe Kaplan.and the undoing of the football powerhouse Kaplan has learned of an impending investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA into possible recruitment violations by Michigan alumni In response to the disastrous headlines the various campus committees rally round in meetings at the stadium and try to figure out how to best weather this storm when they see the body of the NCAA investigator Alvin Greenaway tumble over the railing and onto the end zone turf Greenaway has been stabbed to death with a Michigan University flag pole.Anneke doesn t mean to get involved in another murder investigation but she is at the stadium waiting for Karl to get out of a meeting when Greenaway s murder is discovered Zoe is on hand as well, lurking about with hopes of interviewing Karlor anyone who might have a further scoop for her And what a scoop she gets Right on the spot for the beginnings of a murder investigation Anneke takes a liking to the driven young reporter and she along with Detroit News has been reporter, Charlie Cassovoy, and Daily Michigan staff alumnus, Richard Killian helps Zoe brainstorm on suspects, means, and motive All clues lead them through a tangle of secrets, lies, and shady dealings, but someone s hands must be dirtier than the others Zoe adds up the score and Anneke provides the computer skills to decode the killer s secret playbook setting Karl up to tackle the murderer Literally in a stupendous play on third yard line As I mentioned in my review of the first novel, I really like the characters in Holtzer s series They are given good back stories and are authentic and believable The romance between Anneke and Karl is handled deftly and it doesn t overwhelm the cozy mystery Zoe is a particularly likeable new character unfortunately given her position with the student run newspaper, I don t anticipate seeing muchif any of her in future installments That s really too bad, because I d like to get to know her better I also enjoyed the set up for the murder I m no football fan, but the use of football and the hoopla surrounding it at Michigan as a backdrop works very well and makes for an interesting story It s possible that the dramatic capture at the end could be seen as a bit over the top, but given the frenzy that footbal fanatics can get themselves into.I think it works Well plotted and fun to read Recommended for cozy and football fans alike as well as those with ties to the University of Michigan First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks [[ READ E-PUB ]] ☟ Bleeding Maize and Blue ⇵ When football and greed collide, the result is sudden deathIn football obsessed Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan President s Weekend is the biggest event of the season And this year, computer consultant Anneke Haagen is swept up in the festivities her boyfriend, police lieutenant Karl Genesko, is set to be honored as one of Michigan s brightest former football stars But the weekend quickly sours when Zoe Kaplan, a Michigan Daily student sportswriter, breaks the story of an NCAA probe of UM recruitingand hours later the agency s investigator turns up murdered on the sacred turf of the stadium end zoneGenesko finds himself at the head of the investigation, and Anneke can t resist applying her computer skills and analytical mind to the mystery herself What she finds is a tangle of secrets, lies, and shady deals, with the deepest alumni pockets in the thick of it And with the university s reputation and big money program at stake, she d better find the killer s playbook, before she s the next to be sacked Computer consultant, Anneke Haagen, is anticipating a special weekend of football festivity, especially since her live in love, police lieutenant and former pro football star, Karl Genesko, will be honoured at the event But the fun turns to suspicion and unease when student reporter, Zoe Kaplan, breaks a story about recruitment impropriety at the University of Michigan Unease turns to shock when a National Collegiate Athletic Association investigator is murdered with a flagpole through his sto Computer consultant, Anneke Haagen, is anticipating a special weekend of football festivity, especially since her live in love, police lieutenant and former pro football star, Karl Genesko, will be honoured at the event But the fun turns to suspicion and unease when student reporter, Zoe Kaplan, breaks a story about recruitment impropriety at the University of Michigan Unease turns to shock when a National Collegiate Athletic Association investigator is murdered with a flagpole through his stomach.Although I don t know much about football, I do know it has lots of rules Susan Holtzer s BLEEDING MAIZE AND BLUE taught me that the recruitment of promising athletes appears to have evenrules In cities like Ann Arbor, Michigan, where football is a huge deal, breaking recruitment rules is almost a deadly sin, one that ruins careers and reputations.For some, these are high stakes indeed, but they aren t for Anneke and this is part of the problem with this novel There was far too little tension for the protagonist Anneke s only just met the people who have the most to lose by the recruitment scandal, not to mention a murder charge Despite some reference to Karl being a suspect, this angle isn t pursued Other than befriending Zoe and satisfying her own curiosity, Anneke has no real stake in solving the crimes Another problem is that the subplots aren t developed We do learn that Anneke has her own consulting business, a new home that needs repairs, and a part time housekeeper who clearly doesn t like her, but other than flitting in and out of her office, showing a friend her home, and dealing with the housekeeper, we see too little of Anneke s life The tension could have been ramped up by giving Anneke her own work deadlines, renovation nightmares, or real threats to her and Karl s safety Still, the main plot held together well and for those who love football, it s an entertaining read I ve owned this for awhile, but apparently hadn t read it Since I ve been on a Susan Holtzer kick recently, I decided it was time to correct this lapse I enjoyed the story I realized that similar to the next one in the series the author picked an issue and presented a cogent synopsis of major points of the debate In this one, it s student athletes and whether or not they are exploited in The Wedding Game A Mystery at the University of Michigan, it s about gender and video games The is I ve owned this for awhile, but apparently hadn t read it Since I ve been on a Susan Holtzer kick recently, I decided it was time to correct this lapse I enjoyed the story I realized that similar to the next one in the series the author picked an issue and presented a cogent synopsis of major points of the debate In this one, it s student athletes and whether or not they are exploited in The Wedding Game A Mystery at the University of Michigan, it s about gender and video games The issues don t weigh down the story, but add to the characters and plot The computer stuff in here is dated, of course was Confer even still in use in 1996 I guess so , but somewhat timeless at the same time It doesn t seem nearly as outdated as The Andromeda Strain, for example but perhaps 20 years from now this will seem quaint One minor detail that bugs me if they live in Burns Park, why does Anneke drive to work at Nickels Arcade Good grief, be a true Ann Arborite and walk, like the rest of your neighbors you d probably even get there quicker, not having to park I can see why Karl would need a car during the day, but not Anneke And hey, there s a shout out to my mentor adviser Carl Berger in the acknowledgements, gotta like that This book was super boring It is about an IT specialist Anneke and her boyfriend Karl, who is a former U of Michigan football star as well as a NFL standout I liked it since I went to U of Michigan and all the detail about Ann Arbor was romantically reminiscent It is very dated in that anneke is typing in DOS commands, and of course she is a great person wears beautiful clothes, and her boyfriend is a hunk There is a young university reporter who breaks a story of NCA investigating the U of This book was super boring It is about an IT specialist Anneke and her boyfriend Karl, who is a former U of Michigan football star as well as a NFL standout I liked it since I went to U of Michigan and all the detail about Ann Arbor was romantically reminiscent It is very dated in that anneke is typing in DOS commands, and of course she is a great person wears beautiful clothes, and her boyfriend is a hunk There is a young university reporter who breaks a story of NCA investigating the U of M football recruiting Gee, do we care Then the NCA rep is killed with a flag in his heart at the football field There is a semi complicated story, but the perpetrator is pretty obvious and sad Skip it A reporter at the Michigan Daily, a student run newspaper at the University of Michigan, breaks a story that the NCAA is going to begin investigating the college for violations in its football recruiting program Then while computer specialist Anneke Haagen and her policeman boyfriend Karl Genseko, who used to play football at U of M, are at the stadium the NCAA investigator is murdered and they become involved in the investigation along with the Daily reporter, Zoe Kaplan The book was written A reporter at the Michigan Daily, a student run newspaper at the University of Michigan, breaks a story that the NCAA is going to begin investigating the college for violations in its football recruiting program Then while computer specialist Anneke Haagen and her policeman boyfriend Karl Genseko, who used to play football at U of M, are at the stadium the NCAA investigator is murdered and they become involved in the investigation along with the Daily reporter, Zoe Kaplan The book was written in the late 90 s so the computet stuff is very dated but cutting edge for the time The mystery itself isn t that difficult to solve and a lot of the suspects are rather two dimensional The best parts are the Ann Arbor setting and the relationships between Anneke and Karl and Zoe This was a fun read on a week that did not have a Michigan football game bye week and an airplane Enjoyed all the Ann Arbor detail There is a plot twist that is very current but overall the book itself is kind of dated Too many references to Compaq computers, floppy disks remember those and just learning about the World Wide Web Nonetheless I didn t completely figure out the solution that is the mark of a good mystery Totally believable in its love of all things Michigan and how Ann A This was a fun read on a week that did not have a Michigan football game bye week and an airplane Enjoyed all the Ann Arbor detail There is a plot twist that is very current but overall the book itself is kind of dated Too many references to Compaq computers, floppy disks remember those and just learning about the World Wide Web Nonetheless I didn t completely figure out the solution that is the mark of a good mystery Totally believable in its love of all things Michigan and how Ann Arbor changes on alumni football weekends This was actually better than I thought It s been a long time since I read one of hers I am a Michigan alumna, so I was drawn to the series Sadly they are out of print, so I ll have to hunt down the remaining ones in used book stores.It s a nice read, although the mystery is not particularly difficult and some of the characters are as thin as the paper the book is printed on, still it s a fun light read. This was a pretty good mystery, dealing with possible NCAA violations at the University of Michigan As well as the murder, Anneke is dealing with just having moved in with her boyfriend, Karl Genesko, a police lieutenant The action is presented from the viewpoints of several of the characters, which makes it interesting and different from first person mysteries. This was a cute book, great for Wolverine alums The city of Ann Arbor is a character herself, which provides for a lovely walk down State Street The writing and story are so so, with a lot of character reflection on their own feelings.