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Review: Death Overdue by Mary Lou Kirwin

death overdueDeath Overdue
(Librarian Mysteries)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Gallery Books (November 5, 2013)
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc
Trade Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451684667
E-Book File Size: 2471 KB
ASIN: B00BSB2C2Y
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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. The story does flow nicely. It was a fun read but it was just missing that little something. Karen is a very intelligent woman and her relationship with Caldwell just seems a little whirlwind for me. She just came across very pragmatic in the first book. It was her first trip abroad and she was reeling from her broken relationship. I realize she is in her 40’s and the start of the romance between her and Caldwell was a large part of the first book but they are already so familiar with each other and making huge future plans. I just feel like we missed out on the courtship building between them.  They haven’t even had much of a disagreement on anything. I hope the author slows things down and adds a little real life conflict that happens in all relationships as I am sure they will be working together to not only open a bookstore but solve another mystery or two or many.

The author has a handle on the mystery aspects. There is plenty of room for character growth and development in this new series.  I will be watching for book 3.

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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.”

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Review: Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin

killer librarian
Killer Librarian
Pocket Books (November 27, 2012)
A Division of Simon & Schuster
Cozy Mystery
1st book in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1451684643
E-Book File Size: 522 KB
ASIN: B007EDYLD8
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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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
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.

just you and a friend
4 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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.”

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