Sunday, May 18, 2014

Satisfying mystery/Heartwarming love story

Killer LibrarianKiller Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Can a heartwarming story also be a satisfying mystery? Can a satisfying mystery also serve up a heartwarming love story? In the case of (pun intended) Mary Lou Kirwin’s Killer Librarian, the answer is yes, and yes. The back cover copy (on the paperback) says “library science meets the art of murder.” Cute, but true. Our hero(ine), Midwest librarian and bibliophile Karen Nash is sensitive and sensible, smart and resourceful. She shows there’s nothing weak about wanting to love and be loved, and nothing so disappointing as watching a cad get his just desserts. I laughed out loud when it happened, at how it happened, but for Ms. Nash it is no fun at all. They say revenge is best served cold, but perhaps it is better served in fantasy and anticipation only, without the actual delivery. This is a fast read, and fun, so I won’t throw in any more hints, and no spoilers whatsoever. The surprises are worth discovering for yourself. I’m ready for number two in this series.

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