Book Review: Death Overdue by: Mary Lou Kirwin

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In the second novel in the “engaging” (Booklist) cozy library mystery series, Karen must work to clear her beau’s name after his ex-girlfriend is killed by a falling bookshelf while staying at his inn.

Spunky librarian Karen Nash is back in London and planning to open a bookstore with her beau, Caldwell Perkins, who owns a B&B. Unexpectedly, Sally, Caldwell’s tall, gorgeous, and blonde ex-girlfriend shows up—possibly to reclaim the B&B—and just maybe Caldwell, too. Sally’s current boyfriend, Alfredo, joins her, and they take a room.

That night, Karen is awakened by a horrible crash. Caldwell isn’t in bed with her. She rushes out to the hall to find him standing in the doorway of the inn’s library with a look of horror on his face. Inside the room all Karen can see is a woman’s hand sticking out from under a massive pile of pages and wood. While Sally’s death appears an accident, Karen finds it hard to believe. How did the heavy oak bookshelf topple over? Karen fears Sally has been murdered. The detective on the case comes to the same conclusion and decides Caldwell is the most likely suspect.

In order to save her boyfriend, Karen must figure out what Sally was looking for in the library and what Caldwell was doing up in the middle of the night. A story of intrigue and revenge, Death Overdue is a page-turning mystery featuring a lovable heroine who loves books almost as much as she loves her man.

Killer Librarian series: Killer Librarian (1), Death Overdue (2)

Review: DEATH OVERDUE is the second book in the Killer Librarian series and Karen Nash is back in London. She’s deciding if she and Caldwell can make a go of their relationship and of opening a bookstore together. As they are talking through plans, Sally Burroughs, Caldwell’s ex-girlfriend and ex-business partner shows up and wants the B&B back. Before they have a chance to discuss this all, Sally is found dead by Caldwell, killed by a bookshelf in his private library. Caldwell is accused of the crime and Karen has decided it’s up to her to discover the truth about the murder.

Touted as a cozy mystery, DEATH OVERDUE is just that – cozy. Don’t expect a lot of romance or action from this book or outstanding characters. I did like DEATH OVERDUE better than the first book, KILLER LIBRARIAN, but I think that’s because I had the set-up from the first book. Played out like a real-life game of Clue, Karen uses her powers of research and observation to track down the true killer. I do like the fact that Karen is a middle-aged woman who is planning on starting a new life with Caldwell. DEATH OVERDUE is a quiet mystery with an interesting twist when it’s discovered who perpetrated the crime.

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