Sunday, January 24, 2016

Books about Librarians

When was the last time you visited a library?  How long has it been since you asked a librarian a reference question? These days, it seems like the only people who go to the library are those wanting to use the Internet or check out DVDs.  It's a favorite hang-out for the homeless or those seeking either an air-conditioned or heated place to camp out all day and night until closing.  The times they are a changin' as Bob Dylan says.

Death Among the Stacks: The Body in the Law Library

I worked at a law library for several years. The people I worked with were all college educated and three were former lawyers.  We used to have enjoyable conversations about politics, TV, movies, and each other (there was a lot of office politics that I did my best to steer clear of). I'll never forget the time when the library's electronic compact shelving malfunctioned and almost crushed to death one of my coworkers.

I used that background for the first novel I wrote that takes place in a library.  It is called "Death Among the Stacks: The Body in the Law Library".  I had Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot, in mind when I wrote this book with my husband.  We wanted it to be a story with multiple suspects who, in the last chapter, are summoned by the detective, who then grills them in front of everyone, saying why he suspected each one and making everyone nervous until he finally reveals whodunit.

Watchin' the Detective: A Mystery Dinner Romance


The second book about libraries I wrote is a romantic comedy.  It's about a librarian who goes to a performance at a mystery dinner theater where someone is actually killed--definitely not part of the act.  A handsome detective comes to investigate and she falls madly in love with him.  She gets mixed up with some dangerous people when she tries to find out who the murderer was.  This is a little racy: her fantasies about him are quite graphic (and very funny).

The characters in Watchin' the Detective get married and spend their honeymoon in New Orleans. This book is mostly a travelogue about New Orleans and Louisiana and anyone planning to go visit The Crescent City would benefit by some of the travel tips it offers.

Honeymoon in New Orleans

My final book in the series finds the two librarians from earlier stories going to Europe.  Isabella is trying to recover from her husband's death and Nicole is looking forward to her first visit to Europe. Will either of them find love on this vacation? Where will they go and what will they do on September 11, 2001 when they find themselves stranded in London and cannot take a flight home as planned?

Destination Europe: The Summer the World Changed

These books are all available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, 
Smashwords, and Kobo Books

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