Killer Librarian

Killer Librarian

by Mary Lou Kirwin

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451684643
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 1,086,142
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Lou Kirwin has lived in France, Belgium, England, and New York City. She now lives a quiet life in the wilds of Minnesota and Wisconsin. She feels she owes a great deal to all the librarians in her life—for handing her the right book at the right time.

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Killer Librarian 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This cozy is advertised as the first book in a new cozy mystery series. It's an interesting story but is, to me, more of a romance story than a murder mystery. The main character, Karen Nash, is a librarian in a small town in Minnesota and is a true lover of books. Karen and her significant other are getting ready to leave on a trip to England. As far as Karen is concerned, this will be a literary trip as she is really in love with the old English authors and British mysteries are her cup of tea. As she is packing for her trip, she gets a phone call from Dave, her plumber boyfriend, and he announces that he no longer cares for her and the trip is off. Karen doesn't get it and decides to go on the trip alone. So, she shows up at the airport ready to board the plane and sees Dave with a young girl on his arm and realizes that her romance is definitely over. Karen boards the plane, sits in first class, and thinks of all the ways she can eliminate Dave from the face of the earth. After landing in England, Karen checks into a cozy Bed & Breakfast run by a charming man, Caldwell Perkins, who also loves books. They go out for the evening to an English Pub and Karen drinks a little too much while talking to a strange man and telling him of all the ways she would like to off Dave. He seems to take her very seriously and she thinks, in the following days, that said man is going to take care of Dave for her and goes on the hunt to find him and tell him that it was the booze talking and she really doesn't want to take a contract out on Dave. When she arrives back at the B&B she discovers another guest dead. There are no suspects right away because the guest seems to have died of natural causes. Eventually, Dave and his cutie show up at some of the places that Karen visits and she thinks that the man she talked to in the Pub is after Dave to get rid of him for her. There are a lot of descriptive passages of places, things and books and not much investigating of the death. Karen does a lot of touring and she dates her B&B host and shops for books but again, there's not a lot of mystery even for a cozy. If the reader loves books as I do, especially English authors and descriptions of England they will enjoy the story. Quill Says: If the reader is looking for excitement, she might be disappointed. If you do read this book, try and stick it out until the end because there are at least a couple of scenes that are quite satisfying.
MysteryMomKS More than 1 year ago
Appealing characters.  Not a very tough puzzle. And a glaring error on p. 97 where the mystery-loving librarian reads a Josephine Tey novel and then refers to it as TheTiger in the Smoke - a book written by Margery Allingham.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this to be much of a mystery, more of a tour of London than anything else. If this is the first of a new series I don't plan on buying the next one. No way I would classify this as a "cozy" mystery. Enjoyed reading about London though.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a light, cozy mystery read. Not too heavy on the mystery, a little more involved in the romance and relationships and an easy read. A good summer read on the beach or on a plane. I thought it was an easy plot, a main character that you could easily like, and it was very well written. You could pick this one up very easily and remember where you were at. I'm just not sure this is a series? It seemed to wrap up at the end. And that's a shame. I found it a good cozy mystery(but it could definitely use more in the mystery department).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I very much enjoyed the various characters. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet love story with a little mystery. Just what i want in a cozy.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
I chose this book, because it was set in Minnesota and part of my family lives there. Book 1 in this series was very well-written and a pleasure to read with a nifty mystery and a few surprises. I enjoyed all of the books and gardening parts! A very satisfying read!
AuntieKM More than 1 year ago
It is just the type of cozy you can cuddle up with. Very entertaining.
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I enjoyed everything about this book. The wrtting was warm and the characters were well rounded out. Loved Caldwell I just thought he was perfect! I will certainly look for her next book and hope it will be soon. Thanks for an enjoyable read.
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Great read! Only wish she had more...don't want to wait
gr8fanofbks More than 1 year ago
Loved the premise of the MN librarian on her first trip to London. Characters were well drawn. Mystery with a touch of romance. Fun!
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
Karen the librarian and her boyfriend Dave a plumber are getting ready to go to England until Dave calls her and dumps her the day they are to leave. Karen goes and gets a ticket and Dave and his new girlfriend also go. Karen goes on a journey of a lifetime and finally meets her true love. I would categorize this as a cozy mystery/romance. If you want an enjoyable read I would recommend this one. Thank you Edelweiss.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Karen Nash is a librarian in a small Minnesota town. She is so excited to be taking the trip of her dreams, to London England, hallowed homeland of Christie, Sayers, and Peters. But things get off to a rocky start when her boyfriend dumps her just hours before they are to head to the airport. The trip means so much to her she decides to go by herself. She can’t believe her eyes when she sees her ex getting ready to board the plane with a new young honey by his side. She is not going to let him ruin this for her and the best revenge (for now) is to get on the plane. She checks into the B&B in London where she finds she and innkeeper Caldwell Perkins both share their love of books. Soon they have of mystery of their own to solve when Karen finds one of the other B&B guest has expired permanently in the parlor. It is attention to detail that could help her solve the murder but could also make her a target to the killer. Dollycas’s Thoughts This is a very romantic cozy mystery as our protagonist is dumped by one guy and finds someone perfect for her if she could just open her eyes and heart to something other than solving what only she believes a murder. As the clues come together and others start to believe the death suspicious she has more help. She is also worried about what she may have set in motion when she told her tale of woe to a stranger in a pub. So Karen has many things are her mind beyond tourist attractions and a new boyfriend. This was an old fashioned clue driven mystery with the exception of one scene that caused me to drop the book and think “Oh My!”. The author has laid a good foundation going forward and left us smiling at the end. All the characters have plenty of room to grow and while I enjoyed the setting of this story I am looking forward to the series moving back to Minnesota to get to know more of the residents and people at the library. I see some changes ahead for Karen, the librarian. This is a fine fiction debut and have the next in the series on my schedule soon. Death Overdue (Librarian Mysteries) hits shelves November 5.
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