A perfect bind

Dorothy St. James

Book - 2021

"Libararian Tru Beckett, ardent defender of the printed word, is about to find out that keeping murder checked out of her beloved library is much harder than she thought... Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she's working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her "real job" upstairs in the bookless technology center.... The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn't steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves. A patron of the secret book room tells Tru that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He's heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it's hogwash, but she's at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it's not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover"--

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Series
St. James, Dorothy. Beloved bookroom mysteries ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Cozy mysteries
Published
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
294 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780593098608
0593098609
Main Author
Dorothy St. James (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Rural Cypress, South Carolina, harbors secrets. Trudell ("Tru") Beckett, the assistant librarian, maintains a secret library in the cellar of the public library, begun with library discards when the library went "bookless" at the behest of the city manager. Her Aunt Sal has a secret, winning recipe for apple pie, but isn't entering the cutthroat contest at the upcoming Fall Festival. Worse, someone is trashing the secret library at night. There are also gossips, who jump to conclusions about Tru and detective Jace Bailey and where to find Aunt Sal's recipe. The clash of rumors and secrets makes investigations difficult—Tru can't tell Jace about the secret library, after all—when the town's auto mechanic is found dead in his pickup behind the library, his head bashed with a liquor bottle. Tru claims her only interest is finding out who is trashing the secret library, but her questions put her in the sights of the killer. Despite the unrealistic continuation of the secret library, the main characters continue to grow and support each other. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Libararian Tru Beckett, ardent defender of the printed word, is about to find out that keeping murder checked out of her beloved library is much harder than she thought... Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library,where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she's working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her "real job" upstairs in the bookless technology center. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn't steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves. A patron of the secret book roomtells Tru that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He's heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it's hogwash, but she's at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it's not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A librarian in Cypress, South Carolina investigates after a vandal brutalizes the books in her secret library attached to the bookless technology center, dismissing talk of a poltergeist in the second novel of the series following The Broken Spine.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Librarian Tru Beckett, ardent defender of the printed word, is about to find out that keeping murder checked out of her beloved library is much harder than she thought...Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she's working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her "real job" upstairs in the bookless technology center. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn't steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves.A patron of the secret book room tells Tru that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He's heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it's hogwash, but she's at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it's not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover.