Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery
by Denise Swanson
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451416506
Date: 03 September 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
They're finally getting married. But will the murder of the substitute librarian, a woman who was a stickler for the rules and was not generally well-liked, put a damper on the honeymoon? Or throw a monkey wrench into the final planning for the wedding? Maybe, just maybe. But Skye is doing everything she can to solve the murder so her wedding and honeymoon are as perfect as perfect can be.
It's Christmas, and there's a lot to. First, well, there's Christmas! Gifts to wrap, food to cook, family and friends to celebrate with. Then there's Skye and Wally's wedding, a week after Christmas. Gifts to unwrap, food to plan, details to attend to. You'd think life was busy enough. But thrown into this busy time for Skye, is a murder.
The librarian was not generally liked, but she was honest and did her job well. Then, too, she was a substitute librarian. She wasn't going to be around much longer so why kill her? Why not just wait until she left. Clearly, there's an urgent problem and she was the cause. So, what's the problem? To find out who killed her, Skye needs to find out why she was killed.
There are several people who were not all that fond of her, including her daughter rand her ex-husband. Well, maybe her daughter was fond of her, but they were having a bit of a tough time in their relationship. Was it bad enough that her daughter killed her? What about her ex-husband? He told a very different version of his relationship with his ex-wife and others told. Whose version is right, and was the relationship bad enough to result in murder? Questions, questions, questions, and Skye needs them answered so she and Wally can have a lovely, relaxed wedding day and a perfect honeymoon, even if she doesn’t know where she's going on this perfect honeymoon.
Murder of a Stacked Library is a good book. It's well-written, the characters are entertaining, and the solution to the mystery is not obvious -- not even a little bit obvious. Oh sure, there are clues. And once you know the answer, the clues are obvious. But until then, the clues are just more charming bits of the story.
This one, this book, earned its place in your to-be-read pile.