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Friday, December 13, 2019

Death by Library

Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
by Rebecca M. Douglass

About Death by Library

Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Independently Published (December 6, 2019
Number of Pages — ~280

The library can save your life… can it kill you, too?

JJ has a new job at the library, which ought to make her happy. But with all those books to shelve, the PTA to run, and a 16-year-old son to raise, there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, not to mention the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming ahead.

When things turn deadly in the library stacks, JJ needs some answers fast, before she loses her job—or her life. She’s determined to learn everything about the victim, and for once the library doesn’t hold all the answers. JJ and Kitty may have to face the ultimate peril: a visit to Mrs. Halsey, the oldest—and crankiest—person on the island.

What I Thought:

This is the fourth installment in the Pismawallops PTA Mystery series and is set on the Pismawallop island in Puget sound. JJ has just started a new job as a librarian and she is trying to raise her 16 year-old son as a single mother. She is also on the PTA and they are trying to get a much needed new swimming pool and one of the members wants a new football field. Also the PTA Holiday Bazaar is looming so this leaves little time for JJ to pursue her romance with Ron Karlson, the police chief. When the body of a a member of the PTA, who opposes the swimming pool is found in the rubble of an earthquake, suspicions arise.  Ron warns JJ not to get involved, but she does not listen.  This book was a fast read that kept my attention throughout.  Even though I have not read the other books in the series, I was not lost. There were a lot of twists in this book and I was not sure who the killer was till the very end.  I enjoyed the setting of this story and I enjoyed that it was set close to Thanksgiving.  Even though I have not read others in this series, I am going to go back and read them as I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading, and a decade or more of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home (and preparing to move without forwarding address if necessary to retain that empty nest), not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to pen a total of 9 books so far.
For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries (Death By Ice Cream and Death By Trombone, Death By Adverb, and Death By Library) provide insights into what PTA moms are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and the sequels Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem of Peggy. For those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.
Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? We could argue that it’s because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in—squirrel!
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