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"A charming, low-key sequel...[the couple's] forays around London to find a bookstore space that is not too big and not too small evoke a fairy tale." (Publishers Weekly)

"Likeable characters and smoothly flowing plot make this a delight to read. Book lovers will like the setting and the plot. Other cozy lovers will, also." (Book Dilettante)

"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)

"How can you not buy this cozy debut with its catchy title?  Kirwin succeeds at creating a winning heroine whose amateur sleuthing efforts make for a fun, gentle puzzler with a touch of love." (Library Journal)

"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)

About the Author

Mary Lou Kirwin has lived in France, Belgium, England, and New York City. She now lives a quiet life in the wilds of Minnesota and Wisconsin. She feels she owes a great deal to all the librarians in her life—for handing her the right book at the right time.
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Product Details

  • Series: Librarian Mysteries
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451684665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451684667
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Librarian Karen Nash has found herself in the middle of another murder mystery. Picking up where the first volume in this series left off, Karen has gone to England to explore her potential new business and romantic partnership with Caldwell Perkins. They plan to open a bookshop, and Caldwell's book collection is killer. Literally. When Caldwell's ex-girlfriend/business partner Sally shows up after seven years, most people aren't exactly thrilled to see her. However, when Sally is found dead underneath a bookcase full of Caldwell's precious books, Caldwell is immediately pegged as a likely suspect. What was Sally, a woman who didn't like books, doing in the library, anyway? And who wanted her out of the way badly enough to kill her? Karen has to put her logical librarian's brain to work to solve this whodunit if she's going to save the man she loves.

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!
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Death Overdue by Mary Lou Kirwin

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.
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I am so sorry this book had to end. I feel that people have been pretty hard on Miss Kirwan. Betwee the two books some of the reviews were quite harsh. First I must say that there is refinement in Europe, people don't paw all over one another like they do here in the states. If you don't see a romance building you must be reading another book. In the very first book the author spoke of London alot, going to dinners and the restaurants and pubs they visited. Also the taxi rides, the rain, walking along the cobblestone streets in the rain and I am hoping the author will not lose this craziness in future book. I love the characters of both books. Both stories flowed along nicely. I love London and I loved the mysteries of both books. I found the first book had some humor that went well with the story. I own the digital copy and I also bought the paperbacks. I am hoping one day I will meet Miss Kirwin to tell here how much I loved both books. Maybe, if I'm lucky I can get an autograph but in the mean time, Miss Kirwin you are doing great your stories and mysteries are spot on. Describe more of England and their establishments since I can't afford to go. You are definitely one of my favorites.
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Karen and her boyfriend, Caldwell are in the stages of looking to sell the B&B that Caldwell and his ex opened together and start their own bookshop. Before they can take two steps forward, Caldwell's ex appears back into their lives. She wants the B&B.

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.
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Librarian Karen Nash has returned to London with B & B owner Caldwell Perkins to pursue both their relationship but also the feasibility of opening a bookstore. They are barely back when Caldwell’s old girlfriend and business partner, Sally, shows up with her new boyfriend, Alfredo. She left him in the lurch 7 years ago and after all this time she wants to reclaim her half of the business or have Caldwell buy her out. She seems to have forgotten emptying their bank account and leaving him on his own to run the Bed & Breakfast all these years.

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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
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.
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