Monday, August 18, 2014

Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin


Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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: This won't be a very long review, because to be honest, I wasn't really a fan of the novel. I've been wanting to read more cozy mysteries and I thought this one sounded fun since I work at a library and I love all things England. There were aspects of the book that I found interesting, especially since I want to visit England someday. There is also a bit of a romance, which was cute. I'd love an English boy who adores books too!

However, the actual mystery kind of ruined it for me. I know cozy mysteries aren't as intense as other mysteries/thrillers, but I still like the guess-work and I just felt that this book didn't really deliver. Karen finds herself mixed up in the possible murder of a B and B guest, but she wasn't much of a detective. Plus, once the big reveals came about, everything seemed a little lukewarm. It wasn't nearly as exciting or shocking as I would have wished.

I'm still excited to check out more cozy mysteries though. This just wasn't the best fit for me, in the end!

9 comments:

Kindlemom said...

Nothing worse than a mystery that doesn't deliver. I don't like them to be predictable but I don't like them to be too hard to guess either.

Melliane said...

I love cozy mysteries but well they're not all for me. I'm sorry it wasn't for you... I didn't know about it but I'll pass..

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I haven't heard of this one but an English boy who adores books is my kind of boy ;) But yeah it suck when mystery is not that. Great review, Lauren :)

Brandi Kosiner said...

Aw sorry to hear that you didn't like this one as much as you'd hoped.

Liviania said...

I don't know many people who wouldn't like an English boy that loves books!

Tracy Terry said...

I'm so sorry that this one wasn't all you'd hoped it would be. I admit that I love the title and would have picked the book up if only for that.

Andrea Thompson said...

I don't read a lot of mystery to begin with, but the few foxy mysteries I've read were only okay for me. Thanks for the review!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I know what you mean. Cozy mysteries are hit and miss for me too. I hope your next one is better.

Cleo Bannister said...

Sorry to hear this book didn't quite hit the right spot for you. As you say the premise sounds really good but without the right amount of oomph. Hope you make it to England soon, I wonder if it'll be as you imagine?

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