A Quiet Teacher

A teacher trying to hide in the shadows finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation in this compelling and fresh read from a new unique, contemporary voice.

Greg Abimbola is a language teacher at the prestigious Calderhill Academy in Pittsburgh. Only that’s not his real name . . . or the only secret he’s hiding. Greg has a closetful. 

When the murder of a wealthy parent on school premises shines an unwanted spotlight on Calderhill Academy, Greg is determined to avoid attention. 

That is until the closest person to a true friend Greg has is arrested for the murder. To prove her innocence, Greg will reluctantly emerge from the shadows. But doing so will put him in danger. His past is determined to find him . . . and his past is full of very bad things.


“Imagine John le Carré attempting an Agatha Christie mystery . . . that mix is at the heart of this stunning novel . . . outstanding [and] a must for *both* Christie and le Carré devotees.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“Well-plotted . . . the writing is sharp as Oyebanji demonstrates a confident and developed voice and style.”

Library Journal

“Oyebanji’s hero is complicated and sure to win readers’ sympathies.”


“Along the way to the satisfying ending, Oyebanji smoothly inserts commentary on topical social and political issues. Readers will eagerly await his next mystery.”

Publishers Weekly

"This is an engaging mystery with a fascinating, conflicted but versatile main character."

The Blurb

"Greg Abimbola is a likeable, intriguing protagonist with some interesting tricks up his sleeve."

Lesa's Book Critiques

“A tense and topical thriller.”

Mark Sanderson, The Times Crime Club newsletter

“Adam Oyebanji has written a first class fair play murder mystery, where the excellently-drawn characters and their motives are only part of a much bigger picture.”

Simon R. Green, New York Times bestselling author