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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Murder in the Locked Library (Book Retreat Mystery, #4)

Murder in the Locked Library  - Ellery Adams

Sometimes I run across books that, in spite of obvious points of diversion from my personal taste, I can't help reading anyway.  This series is a perfect example.


The premise is both wonderful and cheesy as hell.  Like 70's cheesy, but still really wonderful.  The series centers around Storyton village and resort; a luxury resort centered around the love of reading.  Wonderful.  Jane Stewart is the manager and heir of the resort, as well as the Guardian of a super-secret repository of all. the. books.  Or at least all the books, scrolls. manuscripts, clay tablets, that are priceless, rare. dangerous.  This part is 50/50 wonderful/cheesy.  The super-secret repository comes complete with a super-secret security force that has access to all the toys, and they guard against other, evil, super-secret organisations that want access to the library.  Super-cheesy.


Still, I can't resist.  The author's love of books is obvious and she casually title-drops interesting sounding books throughout the narrative.  This book focused on books about books too, which is my personal weakness, so several titles have been added to my lists.


The mystery around this one was ... so-so.  A very old skeleton was dug up during excavations on site and the only known copy of a controversial book is found with it.  Then new murders start occurring.  So far, so good.  Unfortunately, the author made the murderer too obvious by overdoing the hiding in plain site chestnut.  And then giving him a motive that is firmly in the cheesy camp.


I'm never in a rush to buy these, but when I'm in the mood for a between books palette cleanser, these work and I get to imagine how amazing an entire resort centered around books would be.