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Death Overdue (Librarian Mysteries) Paperback – November 5, 2013
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"Talented author Mary Lou Kirwin has created a seductive cozy mystery series with Karen Nash, Librarian-Sleuth. Death Overdue is the second book in this delightful series and is totally entertaining. Familiar characters return with another enigmatic problem to be resolved, keeping readers on their toes until the astonishing ending." (Single Titles)
"An enjoyable cozy mystery...I look forward to reading the next in the series." (Reviewing the Evidence)
"This engaging cozy has it all—English bookshops, flower shows, dotty sisters, plenty of surprises—along with an engaging premise for a continuing series." (Booklist)
"A charming debut for Mary Lou Kirwin...I hope this author has more books coming, and soon." (Suspense Magazine)
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As a librarian, of course I enjoy books about librarians, especially smart ones. However, I think Karen Nash was a bit slow on the uptake in this one. The murderer is so painfully obvious, as are the solutions to other, smaller, mysteries in this book. As soon as the murder has occurred and each person's reactions are described, the case was solved. That was about, oh, 30 pages in. The rest of the 200+ pages was a bit frustrating. If there is a third installment in this series, hopefully the mystery is really that--a mystery!
This is the second in a series of books featuring a librarian as the main protagonist. This story is centered in a B&B in London where a mysterious death results in an Agatha Christie/game of Clue situation.
Karen Nash is well portrayed as a middle age, Midwest librarian. She exhibits a stereotypical love of books and a somewhat distracted personality. Having spent several semesters working in the college library, the portrayal seemed spot on to me.
The mystery plot works well with the situation. The characters are classical English boarding house residents. Every scene doesn't have a "cuppa" but a lot of tea is consumed in the course of the investigation.
This book had the flavor of a 1950s Alfred Hitchcock type of story. It had a very quaint but nevertheless entertaining feel.
I enjoyed the book.
I recommend the book.
Before Caldwell can process the reappearance of his ex, she is found murdered by a book case. Caldwell becomes the prime suspect. It will be up to Karen to clear his name, if they want their happy ever after.
I have not read the first book in this series. However this book can be read as a stand alone novel. The only thing that you would miss from the first book I would say is just the relationship structure of Karen and Caldwell. Which to be honest, I was not really feeling Karen and Caldwell's relationship. Maybe it works for them to not admit they are a couple when it is obvious to others that they are and be so casual about it. However for me, I was wanting to see some of that tenderness between the two.
It seemed that the only one smart enough to solve the case was Karen. Everyone else was just there. Kind of like the board game Clue. You needed a bunch of suspects but none of them were really the main characters. I did think that this book is a nice cozy, mystery read.
That night Karen is jolted out of bed by a loud crash. She rushes into the hallway to find Caldwell standing there in the doorway of the library with a horrific look on his face. Karen peers in the door and all she can see is one of the huge bookcases has toppled. That’s when she notices a woman’s hand under the enormous pile of books. She soon realizes it is Sally and that she is dead. This has to have been an accident, right? The detective thinks it was murder and Caldwell is his prime suspect.
Karen is determined to find the real culprit that caused this bump in the night because she knows Caldwell is definitely not going to be booked for this murder.
In this followup to Killer Librarian, we find Karen back in London. I admit I wish the characters would have spent a little more time in Minnesota but hopefully they will in a future installment.
This reads like an old fashioned mystery, like a game of Clue where we know the weapon and the room we just need to determine the killer. It seems all it takes is a “cuppa” tea to get people talk. Do they really drink this much tea in England? :)
The main characters continue to emerge and there is the expected twist in this genre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very disappointed with this sequel to Killer Librarian. I loved Killer Librarian. You really got a charming look at England and it was a good read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Zapor
Death Overdue is the sequel to Killer Librarian. I loved the first book and whipped through it quickly. I didn't enjoy this one as much. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookworm1808
First book in this series, “Killer Librarian”, was so exceptional I was wondering how possibly the author would be able to live up to my expectations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by karsiyaka
Thank you for having this book available. I will enjoy it very much.Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Denise I. Akers
Gotta get that librarian connection in the title, I guess. The book itself was so much fun I didn't see the disconnect with the title until I finished it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Liz526
This book is so much better than the first one. I am so glad I decided to go ahead and read the second one. The ending was a real surprise and it was a real page turner. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Maggiesmom
DEATH OVERDUE is the second book in the Killer Librarian series and Karen Nash is back in London. She’s deciding if she and Caldwell can make a go of their relationship and of... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog