Overview - In the second novel in the "engaging" ( Booklist ) cozy library mystery series, Karen must work to clear her beau's name after his ex-girlfriend is killed by a falling bookshelf while staying at his inn. The Case of the Killer Case? Read more...
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More About Death Overdue by Mary Lou Kirwin
In the second novel in the "engaging" (Booklist) cozy library mystery series, Karen must work to clear her beau's name after his ex-girlfriend is killed by a falling bookshelf while staying at his inn.
The Case of the Killer Case?
Ropes, revolvers, daggers, arsenic. . . . They are the classic, go-to murder weapons, from Christie to Clue. But death by bookcase? With one good shove, a crafty killer can keep investigators guessing: did it fall or was it pushed? That's what sassy Midwestern librarian Karen Nash must determine--and if so, who did the pushing--when an avalanche of books and splintered wood fatally flattens Sally Burroughs, the ex-girlfriend of Karen's squeeze, London B&B proprietor Caldwell Perkins, who appears the most likely suspect for murder. In the library. With the bookcase.
And maybe he has grounds? Just as he and his librarian love are making a go of opening their dream bookstore (that's bookshop, in British English), Sally pops up years after abandoning him, to demand her share of the B&B's sale. To Karen's orderly mind, sorting her jumbled feelings about uprooting her life in Minnesota and taking a chance on Caldwell is much like sorting his four-thousand-three-hundred-and-twenty-four precious volumes: everything has its place. A little research reveals that more than one person may have had Sally issues, and Karen must prove that Caldwell is obsessed with books, not revenge. But will her hunt for a killer turn up too little, too late?
- ISBN-13: 9781451684667
- ISBN-10: 1451684665
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Publish Date: November 2013
- Page Count: 245
- Dimensions: 8.24 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.47 pounds
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In the pseudonymous Kirwin's charming, low-key sequel to 2012's Killer Librarian, Karen Nash has to decide whether to stay in England and run a bookstore with her book-collecting boyfriend, Caldwell Perkins, or return to her job as a librarian in Sunshine Valley, Minn. She's unprepared for the sudden appearance of Sally Burroughs, Caldwell's book-hating ex-girlfriend, who abandoned him—and the London B&B that he owns—several years earlier, and now wants a share of the property. But there's a bigger shock coming when Sally is killed by a falling bookshelf in the B&B's library. The police call it homicide, and Caldwell is suspect No. 1. Karen knows only a few people were in the building at the time: Sally's exuberant Italian boyfriend; her semi-estranged sister; a devoted book collector hoping to look at Caldwell's acquisitions; and the longtime housekeeper-assistant. The gentle tone of the book takes most of the suspense out of the "romantic suspense" framework; clearly these two dedicated book lovers will stay together. And their forays around London to find a bookstore space that is not too big and not too small evoke a fairy tale. Agent: Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff Agency. (Nov.)