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Killer Librarian (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Karen Nash is going to London, a trip she has dreamed of taking for years. Four hours before the trip her boyfriend Dave dumps her!

Determined to fulfill her dream, Karen forges ahead on her dream vacation anyway. When she discovers Dave decided to take a young perky blond to London instead of her….revenge is forefront on Karen’s mind. Then she meets Guy in a pub and spills her story, she feels a bit better. Until she discovers Guy has some seedy connections, like Thomas Becket “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest...”, Karen accidentally sets him on Dave.

To top it all off, when Karen discovers one of her fellow B & B guests dead in the front room, under what she thinks are suspicious circumstances, there is nothing dull about her vacation!

I seriously enjoyed reading this book. There is a very real love of books in its pages. The quandary of how many book are necessary to take with you on vacation, since you never want to be caught without one on hand. Or the joy of spending the entire day perusing thru bookshops looking for just the right one. Or the fun of exchanging titles with a friend to figure out exactly what they like. Just for starters.

Plus there are a number of mysteries, sinister characters and sedate adventures to keep things moving at a quick clip. I would recommend this to anyone who likes biblio mysteries or cozies in general. I would put this mystery just a hair below Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity’s Death in my favorites. And for anyone who knows how much I love that series, that is saying a whole lot!

— Amber


Don t miss the beginning of the Karen Nash series with the charming first book, "Killer Librarian," which "Booklist" praised as engaging and "Library Journal" called a fun, gentle puzzler.
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.

Praise For…

"How can you not buy this cozy debut with its catchy title?  Kirwin succeeds at creating a winning heroine whose amateur sleuthing efforts make for a fun, gentle puzzler with a touch of love."

-Library Journal

"This engaging cozy has it all—English bookshops, flower shows, dotty sisters, plenty of surprises—along with an engaging premise for a continuing series."


"A charming debut for Mary Lou Kirwin...I hope this author has more books coming, and soon."

-Suspense Magazine

 “Ms. Kirwin weaves literary gems into the story that will keep the reader jumping to keep up. Add a new love interest to mix into the stew and there is something for everyone in this book.”

-Single Titles

Product Details
ISBN: 9781451684643
ISBN-10: 1451684649
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: November 27th, 2012
Pages: 308
Language: English