If you're a cozy mystery reader who likes a lot of romance and a dash of mystery in your cozies, you're going to enjoy this book. Since I'm the type of cozy reader who loves a lot of mystery and very little romance, my enjoyment of Killer Librarian was much more mixed. My favorite parts of the book involved Karen's thrill at being in England and being able to enjoy doing the things she's dreamed about for years. Been there, done that, love to read about others whose dreams have come true-- even when Karen the librarian mistakenly credits Josephine Tey with writing The Tiger in the Smoke when it was Margery Allingham. (I was once a librarian, too.)
Besides the romance-masquerading-as-mystery, I had two problems with this book. One, I'd finished over three-quarters of the book before anything to do with the mystery really kicked into gear. The second was the fact that I never really warmed up to Karen. I can read standalone novels with unlikeable main characters and not bat an eye, but when I read series fiction, I have to feel some sort of affinity with the main character for me to want to continue reading the series. I never felt that while reading Killer Librarian. Every time Karen wished Dave were dead, I flinched. I come from a family who believes that you should watch what you say-- especially things like "I wish he was dead"-- because it's like wishing for your words to come true. That may sound silly to you, but that's the way I feel about it, so Karen always seemed to be "at arm's length" as I read. She's also not the most truthful person in the world, and even though I could see the author's intent, it just didn't work for me because it wasn't in the true vein of unreliable narrators. Karen does redeem herself a bit at the end, seeing that she needs to make changes in order to become the person she wants to be, but for me it was too little, too late.
If you like romance with a hint of mystery, descriptions of a first-time trip to England, and plenty of mentions of books, you should enjoy Mary Lou Kirwin's book. My experience was a bit different, and one that makes me unlikely to read further in the series.
I enjoyed this quick and easy read......Karen Nash, librarian from Minnesota takes her dream vacation...to England, only without her longtime boyfriend . He dumped her just hours before their trip across the pond.....Now , in her mind, she plans and plots her revenge....her one mistake may be in sharing these desires to a total stranger in a pub. It seems he and new girlfriend have taken the same plane to England.....has she placed the cad in any danger? Meanwhile at the B&B whee she is staying, there is a mysterious death.....I will read the next book in the series....