Killer librarian

Mary Lou Kirwin

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Mystery fiction
New York : Pocket Books 2012.
1st Pocket Books pbk. ed
Physical Description
308 p. ; 18 cm
Main Author
Mary Lou Kirwin (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Librarian Karen Nash was all set for the romantic trip of a lifetime to London, when her partner had the gall to break up with her just hours before their departure. The intrepid Karen refuses to give up her cherished plans, despite the fact that the now ex-boyfriend, Dave, is going too—with a new hottie at his side. Karen finds she's more than capable of finding the local action when a fellow guest at her B&B dies under suspicious circumstances. She also meets a potential hit man at the local pub, and her B&B host makes it easy to start dating again. VERDICT 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. [Page 60]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Near the start of Kirwin's captivating debut, smalltown Minnesota librarian Karen Nash is looking forward to her first holiday in England. When Karen's plumber boyfriend, Dave, dumps her and cancels the trip just hours before departure, the undaunted Karen manages to secure a plane ticket on her own dime. Soon after, she spots none other than the newly dubbed "Mr. Toad" and a skinny blonde boarding the same plane. Dave and his new honey are too absorbed in each other to notice Karen on the transatlantic flight. Once in London, while on a pub night out with the owner of the B&B where she's staying, a heartbroken Karen confides in a mysterious man that she fantasizes about murdering her scoundrel of an ex-boyfriend. A whopping headache later, Karen discovers a fellow B&B guest dead. Signs suggest that Dave and his honey could be next. Literary allusions, from Winnie the Pooh to Ian McEwan, distinguish this from the common run of cozies. (Dec.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While on a literary tour in London that pays homage to mysteries, librarian Karen Nash is faced with a real-life mystery of her own when a fellow guest at bibliophile Caldwell Perkins's cozy B&B is murdered and her former flame and his new girlfriend crash her vacation. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

While on a literary tour in London that pays homage to mysteries, librarian Karen Nash is faced with a real-life mystery when another guest at the B&B where she is staying is murdered and her ex and his new girlfriend turn up.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The first in a charming and unputdownable mystery series following &;a winning heroine whose amateur sleuthing efforts make for a fun, gentle puzzler with a touch of love&; (Library Journal).Champion of the mystery section at a small-town Minnesota library, Karen Nash is about to embark on a dream trip to London&;a literary tour inspired by every murderous intrigue, wily suspect, and ingenious crime found in the pages of the British mysteries that she devours. But she&;s clueless why the love of her life, Dave, would dump her hours before takeoff&;until she spies him at the airport with a young honey on his arm. She decides the best revenge is to get on that plane anyway...and entertain schemes for Dave&;s untimely demise while crossing the pond.After touching ground, she checks into a cozy bed and breakfast run by charming bibliophile Caldwell Perkins. Soon she&;s spilling tears in her pint at the corner pub, sharing her heartbreak saga with a stranger. That night, a guest drops out of circulation&;permanently. And when Dave and his cutie turn up in London, Karen realizes they are an assassin&;s target. With the meticulous attention to detail that makes her a killer librarian, Karen sleuths her way through her own real-life mystery&;in which library science meets the art of murder.