Barbara Adams, head of the Windbrook Library in suburban Chicago, has died, apparently from a fall down the stairs to the library's basement. But when Julia Fairbanks, her closest friend's daughter starts to poke around, she finds troubling emails that indicate Barbara was not the victim of a heart attack, but a vicious killer instead. Can Julia find the murderer? Or will she end up on The Last Page?
This breezy mystery is a novella, approx. 20,000 words. It also includes two short stories by the authors, both from the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, Chicago Blues.
"A funny, smart mystery that respects life in the library... a can't miss read..." (Amy Alessio, Librarian and Author)
"Library insiders will be entertained by issues of confidentiality, homeless patrons, and the other joys of public service while fans of mysteries will appreciate the diverse characters and witty dialogue. This quick read is a wonderful way to escape for an evening.” (Cindy Chow, Librarian/Mystery Reviewer)
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First & Second story are good last one not so much
From cozy to noir
The novella The Last Page is a charming, light mystery set in a library and revolving around the death of an unlikeable head librarian. The young heroine, Julia, will appeal to cozy readers as a smart, likable sleuth who is dogged and crafty in ferreting out the truth, and both librarians and readers who consider the library a second home will get a kick out of the story and characters. The two short stories included by the authors to round out the recording are much darker in tone and more representative of the writers' usual styles. I would recommend letting a day or two pass after finishing The Last Page before moving on to the short stories.
- Sandra Parshall