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  February 4, 2002

Mystery Centers on Lost Diaries
in Lecturer's Latest Novel
By Rachel Stein

A longtime lecturer in the English Department has published her 10th mystery novel, The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed.

Author Janice Trecker says, "A case from a few years ago at a college in Connecticut was the germ for this book, although the characters turned out to have very different fates and personalitie s." Trecker writes fiction under the pen name Janice Law.

The novel has been acclaimed by Publishers Weekly. "Law sucker-punches her readers with this superbly written thriller."

The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed revolves around two main characters: Jason "Lars" Larson is a Victorian literature professor at a prestigious Connecticut university, who pays dearly for his one romantic failure. Iris Weed, one of his students, is a young writer who lives in her pickup truck and longs to have an interesting and complicated life.

Trecker has published 14 books, including nine other mystery novels. She has worked at UConn for more than 10 years and is currently teaching a publishing class for the English department.