Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin
Summary from the back of the book: 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.
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.