Book Review: Killer Librarian by: Mary Lou Kirwin

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: November 27, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: FILE “M” FOR MURDER. . . .

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 mid-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 (for now) is to get on that plane anyway . . . and entertain schemes for Dave’s untimely demise while crossing the pond.

After touching ground in the hallowed homeland of Christie, Sayers, and Peters, she checks into a cozy B & B 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 B & B 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.

Review: Karen is a librarian in Minnesota who specializes in mysteries and an Anglophile. She’s dreamed of going to London for ages and now she’s finally going with her boyfriend, Dave! Until…Karen receives a call on the day of the trip and breaks up with her. She’s determined to go and enjoy herself in England the way she wanted to for years. She finds out Dave has himself a new honey when she gets to the airport and they’re going on HER trip!!! She lands and heads over to the most charming B&B run by a handsome and book-loving man named Perkins. While she’s there, another guest at the B&B dies and it’s not sitting right with Karen. Can she figure out if it’s a murder or natural causes? And did she set a hitman after her ex and his new squeeze during a night of drinking at the pub?

‘Killer Librarian’ is an interesting book, which turned out to be more romance than mystery. Karen also didn’t seem to stand up for herself very well until more toward the end of the book. There is plenty of book-talk, book shopping, etc. with Karen being a librarian and Perkins a bibliophile who dreams of opening his own bookstore instead of running a B&B. The author described London and its surrounds beautifully, so I could picture it even though I’ve never been there. I’m not sure about picking up the next book in this series, just because I happen to prefer my mysteries with little to no romance. ‘Killer Librarian’ is a sweet romance with a touch of mystery, which doesn’t live up to the title.

Series: Killer Librarian (1)


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