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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Libby Fischer Hellmann (P)2012 Libby Fischer Hellmann
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By MissSusie66 on 04-19-13

First & Second story are good last one not so much

The Last Page by Libby Fischer Hellmann and David J. Walker Narrated by, Mary Conway and James Lewis

In the short story The Last Page a not very well liked librarian, Barbara Adams, dies from what they are saying was a heart attack but she just happened to be standing at the top of the stairs when it happened, Julia’s mother & Barbara were friends and both think the death sounds suspicious so Julia decides to do some digging. I love a book that is set in a library and the author did a good job in researching the ALA’s privacy policy and the ins and outs of information available to librarians. All in all this was a good short cozy mystery and I would read others by this author and would read more with the character of Julia.

The narrator Mary Conway is new to me, it took me a little bit to get used to her voice it sounds a bit young yet has a roughness so for me it took a little to get used to, but by the end I was happy with her narration and would listen to others narrated by her.

Chicago Blues short story My Sweet Man &another story I didn’t catch the name of by, Libby Hellman and David J. Walker narrated by, James Lewis, both were way more gritty stories than the first one. The last story is extremely gritty and has a lot of language it was quite a departure from the first story being more of a cozy and the second one was more family secret type mystery, they seemed an odd pairing on the same audiobook. I enjoyed My Sweet Man but I think it would have been better without the final story.

The narrator James Lewis has a husky deep voice that I like, his voice is good for gritty mystery or noir would fit his voice well too. I would listen to more from this narrator.

All in all this short 3 hour audiobook is pretty good I really liked the first story, the second one was also good but the last one just didn’t do it for me. I would have rated this 4 stars if it had only been the first & second story but the third story brings it down to a three but will end up with 3 ½ stars for good narration. Would read more from this author and listen again to these narrators.

3 ½ Stars

I received this from the Audiobookjukebox and the author/publisher Fischer Hellmann Communications for a fair and honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Disgruntled on 07-24-14

From cozy to noir

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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.

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