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Killer librarian
Mary Lou Kirwin
Adult Fiction KIRWIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Near the start of Kirwin's captivating debut, smalltown Minnesota librarian Karen Nash is looking forward to her first holiday in England. When Karen's plumber boyfriend, Dave, dumps her and cancels the trip just hours before departure, the undaunted Karen manages to secure a plane ticket on her own dime. Soon after, she spots none other than the newly dubbed "Mr. Toad" and a skinny blonde boarding the same plane. Dave and his new honey are too absorbed in each other to notice Karen on the transatlantic flight. Once in London, while on a pub night out with the owner of the B&B where she's staying, a heartbroken Karen confides in a mysterious man that she fantasizes about murdering her scoundrel of an ex-boyfriend. A whopping headache later, Karen discovers a fellow B&B guest dead. Signs suggest that Dave and his honey could be next. Literary allusions, from Winnie the Pooh to Ian McEwan, distinguish this from the common run of cozies. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Librarian Karen Nash was all set for the romantic trip of a lifetime to London, when her partner had the gall to break up with her just hours before their departure. The intrepid Karen refuses to give up her cherished plans, despite the fact that the now ex-boyfriend, Dave, is going too-with a new hottie at his side. Karen finds she's more than capable of finding the local action when a fellow guest at her B&B dies under suspicious circumstances. She also meets a potential hit man at the local pub, and her B&B host makes it easy to start dating again. VERDICT How can you not buy this cozy debut with its catchy title? Kirwin succeeds at creating a winning heroine whose amateur sleuthing efforts make for a fun, gentle puzzler with a touch of love. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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