Books Can Be Deceiving (A Library Lover's Mystery)
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I would guess this is the one that I will finish first of all the wrap-it-up books, because I love cozy mysteries and find them a quick read and also because I signed up for the Bookish Bookbox and this will fit that theme.
Setting this aside for MaryZee's bookish book box, since it is truly a perfect choice for that theme.
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As you can see from my review, I enjoyed this book when I read it. Sadly, FURBALL has also passed, having been hit by a car in February 2017. I hope that this book travels for many years to keep both of their memories alive.
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Later: I enjoyed this book quite a lot, but I liked the later book better; this seems to be a series that improves with time, a good sign. This book's still quite fun, though it does suffer from the amateur-detective's standard flaw: the tendency to avoid calling the police while busily blundering into the path of a murderer. But, heck, if they didn't try to investigate, there'd be no story - and in this case the obstructive and clueless local sheriff wouldn't be my first choice when calling for help either.
I liked the character interactions, the rather charming seaside setting, and the many book-related quips - it's fun to see fictional characters cheerfully debating their favorite books, quoting the characters, and recommending titles. And when they're talking about books I like - Rebecca, for example - or those I've just discovered, as in Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea - it adds to the fun.
The mystery here centers around the bloody murder of an admittedly unlikeable character - though, to the author's credit, she makes Beth (the character closest to the victim) show believable levels of shock at the discovery. Much as we might think that someone obnoxious deserves to die, it isn't the same thing as seeing them actually dead... The plot itself is a bit twisty, and parts of it struck me as rather unlikely in this day and age, but when I like the setting, characters, and writing style I don't mind a few plotholes.
I also enjoyed the librarian elements, which ring very true; there are the delightful bits, leading eager patrons to new titles or solving a tricky reference question, but there are also the days when the patrons are demanding, huffy, and a bit thick, the kids are noisy and destructive, and some malefactor's decided to camp out in the stacks with lit cigarettes (or worse). I got a kick out of such things as the mistaken-identity scene, when someone meeting our heroines for the first time goes through the "You don't look like a librarian" bit. And when "the lemon" - dour Ms. Cole, who really *does* look like a stereotypical librarian - saves the day in a very timely and dramatic manner, I had to cheer. You do NOT want to mess with a librarian!
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