The fourth DI Don Packham and DC Frank Mitchell mystery.
There's a body in the library.
The Bath Street public library in Cowden, London, that is. The borough council wants to close it as part of a "rationalization" package. So one autumn night, militant library-lovers enter the building and begin unfurling their banners and bedrolls. The mood is full of hope and solidarity-at least, until a garroted corpse is found sitting in the librarian's office.
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Worth the read - I loved the book and enjoyed the characters and the plot. Mat Coward writes with such humor I often find myself laughing out loud. I've bought every book I found featuring DI Don Packham and Frank Mitchell along with a book of his short stories. Rapidly becoming one of my very favorites, his writing style is refreshing and not to be missed.
Though only a few years old, the relatively popular North London's Bath Street Library is closing because the party in power changed and wants to eradicate any progressive traces initiated by their predecessors. The Libraries Open for Everyone protests the closing with a sit-in. However, someone murders one of the eight protestors, popular activist octogenarian Bert ¿Bolshi¿ Rosen, who was carrying a handgun as if he expected trouble, but obviously never used it when he was strangled to death with a ligature by someone who knew him one of the magnificent seven protesters.................. Cowden CID DC Frank Mitchell and his superior DI Don Packham head the investigation into the locked door mystery. They struggle with why Bert the Bolshi was packing a gun, but hope to eliminate suspects by accounting for their time even bathroom breaks. They interrogate the seven suspects beginning with the branch librarian Dot Estevez, but finding the guilty party remains difficult to find as no one has the opportunity and the motive is even murkier............... Though the who-done-it never takes center stage, the cast make for an amusing tale. Readers will appreciate the sardonic wit of the DI and the wary acceptance by his direct employee. The seven suspects are an eccentric lot while the victim adds to the overall feel of a zany group starring ironically in a cozy. Mat Coward writes a fun British police procedural.......... Harriet Klausner