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Killer Librarian [Kindle Edition]

Mary Lou Kirwin
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Book Description

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.


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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MCJOPG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #763,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable cosy mystery/romance 10 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was immediately immersed in the life of Karen, the heroine of this romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. I felt sorry for her as her dull, boring boyfriend dumped her on the eve of a once in a lifetime trip to London. Then cheered for her as she decided to take the trip alone. What she found at the small B &B including a dead body, lots of lovely books and an attractive host makes for a very enjoyable read. I will be reading the next in the series.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  48 reviews
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A New Series 1 Dec. 2012
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin

" first book in a new cozy mystery series"

What is described as a `new cozy mystery series' could be described as more of a romance series with murder being the secondary or even a tertiary story line. I was disappointed to find this out after investing my time into this novel. However, I persevered to see where this author was going to take us.
One of the places the author took us was to make the heroine Karen a bit of a liar...granted you can easily see why it was done, but it still made me uncomfortable as it seemed to really serve no true purpose except to make Karen look and act a little flighty..

With sometimes trite dialogue and oft-times overly nit-picky descriptions of things, places clothing etc. - I waited to see if there was going to be any sleuthing going on. There was a bit but only in between bouts of Karen touring England, `dating'' her B & B host and shopping for books. If you love books and love hearing thoughts about books - especially Old English authors and descriptions of England, you will enjoy the gist of this story. If, however, you want a little excitement or even just a tiny bit of tension with your murder and cup of tea you may want to pass this one by.

With more than 80% of the book finished, you will finally come to a part where Karen and Caldwell start to take things a little more seriously and start investing some time in sleuthing.

The method of the murder itself is somewhat interesting, but is one that I have read before.
If you do read this book, I hope you manage to stick it out until the ending...someone gets their just desserts and it gave me quite a giggle! I hope that it will do the same for you.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Librarian Mystery 30 Dec. 2012
By Beverly L. Archer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this debut fiction novel about a midwestern librarian who travels to London and finds murder and love. I'm not really sure why as I've read other mysteries that I thought were better written. (Not that the writing in this book is bad, but it's certainly a freshman effort). Maybe it's because Karen reminds me of myself. I'm a librarian (albeit a school librarian, though I've worked in the public library), a lover of books and I've always wanted to visit London.

This is a quick, cozy read with a bit of romance. It's what I call a soft read. I found the story engaging, but not an edge of the seat thriller. Kirwin manages to throw in quite a few "lucky dog" acts that might make the story a little unbelievable, but for this story seems to work. Not only does Karen still get to take her dream trip to London, but she meets an attractive new man, solves a mystery (with almost an afterthought) and manages to end up of quite well off financially, due to a freak accident. Perhaps in another story, I might find all these things just too unbelievable, but for me it was a good fit read. I'm hoping there were will be more stories about this Killer Librarian. I gave it 5 stars for the enjoyment factor.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a romance than a cozy mystery 28 Nov. 2012
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Killer Librarian" is a romance with a cozy mystery. The focus was on the Karen getting over her ex-boyfriend and falling in love with someone new. Everyone she met seemed to have been so hurt by a break-up that they considered killing their ex, so she got a lot of sympathy. And when she thinks she accidentally sent an assassin after her ex, she realized she doesn't really want him dead...and wondered what she ever saw in him since they really didn't have much in common. As wacky as the assassin bit was, it did provide a way to get Karen more quickly over her ex so she could move on.

The mystery was clue-based, but much more time was spent on sight-seeing or spending time with Caldwell than in trying to find clues about whodunit. It was easy for Karen to get a confession.

The setting description gave a good idea of what London is like. The characters were interesting and weren't cliche, not even small-part characters like a shop owner who sold Karen a shawl (loved that gal). I didn't really like Karen at the beginning because she didn't seem to like who she was and kept pretending to be things she wasn't. However, I did like how she did eventually get tired of living a lie and was brave enough to admit the truth in the hopes of being loved for who she was.

There was a very minor amount of explicit British bad language. Unmarried sex was implied, but there were no sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to romance readers who don't mind some mystery thrown in.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a debut that's lacking a lot 11 Dec. 2012
By Violetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If this is the debut of a new series, I'm sorry to say that I won't be following it. Normally I would prefer to give a new series a chance by reading more than the first book, but in this case, it just won't happen. The summary on the back cover was probably what attracted me to this book about a librarian who has the misfortune to be dumped by her boyfriend of 4 years on the very day that they were to fly together to London. The blurb from the publisher describes the book as a mystery and suggests that the librarian, Karen Nash, will use her knowledge of books to do some sleuthing. In my opinion, this description is wholly misleading; I wonder if the person who wrote it actually read the book? I doubt it.

As other reviewers have said, the story line lies somewhere between a romance and a mystery. In fact, it isn't a very good example of either of these genres, and after reading it, one certainly doesn't feel happy to have reached that point. There is little suspense, a lot of flirting but little meaningful romance, and a very unlikely plot. There are some editorial inconsistencies, and the writing is dull, lifeless, and full of short sentences.

If I were going to try to recommend it to another reader, I would say it might be worth taking this book on your first trip to London and reading it on the plane. There is enough in it to hold one's interest that long (or to induce sleep if you're travelling from N. America), but I can't imagine recommending it to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. If you're interested in a well-written series about a librarian, try Jenn McKinlay's library mysteries. They're much more rewarding.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat 13 Dec. 2012
By Betty L. Detwiler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a first time book in a new series this book didn't grab me at all. There really was no plot, just the main character leaving her home to take a trip to England with her live in boyfriend that jilted her right before the trip. I was disappointed in that for me when a new book comes out with new characters, I'd prefer the characters be developed on their home ground not sent overseas to end up spilling all to a stranger in a pub. I was expecting much much more from a book with this title. I won't be purchasing any more books in this series.
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