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Killer Librarian Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012
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Planned for months, librarian Karen Nash’s vacation to London doesn’t even start as it should. She is packed and waiting for the taxi when her traveling companion, boyfriend Dave, calls to cancel. She goes anyway, only to find Dave and his new girlfriend on the same plane. Once in London, she checks into the originally booked bed-and-breakfast, where the other guests are in town for the flower show. That night Karen goes to the local pub with the B&B owner and drunkenly tells a stranger, Guy, about being dumped by Dave and how she could just kill him. Later that night, unable to sleep, she goes to the sitting room only to find another guest dead. It’s ruled an accidental death, but enmities and past connections among the other guests cause some doubts in Karen’s mind. Meanwhile, a cryptic message from Guy makes her wonder if he took her words too literally. This engaging cozy has it all—English bookshops, flower shows, dotty sisters, plenty of surprises—along with an engaging premise for a continuing series. --Karen Muller
"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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On the surface, I should have loved it. The sleuth is a Minnesota librarian who goes on the trip of a lifetime to London. However, too much in this book was off putting for me. The sleuth is bent on revenge, though she is probably just venting.
Way too much internalizing here. I love the local color at her London B&B and her trip to Hay-on-Wye, the bookstore mecca. However, there was too much "is it or isn't it?" going on for me.
Still, I liked the characters somewhat and I think the series has potential. If there's another book, I might read it. Or maybe not.
The few library characters were believable for a small town, but I'd have liked a lot more library time. England was fun and books played a delightful part. (But why was the book upside down in the dead man's hand?)
Spoiler: Considering the ending, I'd guess the series will continue to be book oriented but not in a library. The series is debut but author Mary Logue is not a debut author. Suggestion for a library cozy series, try Jenn McKinlay's library series.
And Kirwin nails Hay-on-Wye. She helped me relive my own time there, a day that may have surpassed even my wedding day.