Pocket Books (November 27, 2012)
A Division of Simon & Schuster
1st book in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book File Size: 522 KB
Karen Nash is a librarian in a small Minnesota town. She is so excited to be taking the trip of her dreams, to London England, hallowed homeland of Christie, Sayers, and Peters. But things get off to a rocky start when her boyfriend dumps her just hours before they are to head to the airport. The trip means so much to her she decides to go by herself. She can’t believe her eyes when she sees her ex getting ready to board the plane with a new young honey by his side. She is not going to let him ruin this for her and the best revenge (for now) is to get on the plane.
She checks into the B&B in London where she finds she and innkeeper Caldwell Perkins both share their love of books. Soon they have of mystery of their own to solve when Karen finds one of the other B&B guest has expired permanently in the parlor. It is attention to detail that could help her solve the murder but could also make her a target to the killer.
This is a very romantic cozy mystery as our protagonist is dumped by one guy and finds someone perfect for her if she could just open her eyes and heart to something other than solving what only she believes a murder. As the clues come together and others start to believe the death suspicious she has more help. She is also worried about what she may have set in motion when she told her tale of woe to a stranger in a pub. So Karen has many things are her mind beyond tourist attractions and a new boyfriend.
This was an old fashioned clue driven mystery with the exception of one scene that caused me to drop the book and think “Oh My!”.
The author has laid a good foundation going forward and left us smiling at the end. All the characters have plenty of room to grow and while I enjoyed the setting of this story I am looking forward to the series moving back to Minnesota to get to know more of the residents and people at the library. I see some changes ahead for Karen, the librarian.
This is a fine fiction debut and have the next in the series on my schedule soon. Death Overdue (Librarian Mysteries) hits shelves November 5.
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. Find out more about this author here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”