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Killer Librarian (Killer Librarian #1)

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  906 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
Champion of the mystery section at a small-town Minnesota library, Karen Nash is about to embark on a dream trip to London, a literary tour inspired by every murderous intrigue, wily suspect, and ingenious crime found in the pages of the British mysteries that she devours. But she's clueless why the love of her mid-life, Dave, would dump her hours before takeoff, until she ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Ann Woodbury Moore
Feb 19, 2013 Ann Woodbury Moore rated it it was ok
I was attracted to this by the title and plot summary. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment. Our heroine, Karen, is a middle-aged Minnesota librarian with amazingly ample financial resources, stunningly few technology skills, and a placid job where she shelves lots of books (which, by the way, is NOT a professional task but delegated to often minimum-wage student workers). Just before a long-planned trip to England, Karen's dumped by her boyfriend Dave, a plumber. Karen decides to go any ...more
❂ Jennifer
Jan 20, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Excellent first book in a new series. A very different style of cozy mystery that was a lot of fun from the first page. Totally non-formulaic, this story was a delightful departure from the standard and I devoured it nearly in one sitting.

Librarian Karen Nash is packed and ready to leave with her boyfriend for their first trip to London - only to be dumped literally hours before take-off. In a fit of defiance she decides to go anyway, only to discover she's sharing the plane with her now-ex and
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Laurie
Jan 15, 2016 Laurie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, adult
The best thing about this book was the title. It was really a midlife-crisis/G-rated romance novel masquerading as a mystery, and not a very compelling one at that. Plus, I think the author has a less-than-realistic view about what librarians do all day.
Dolly
Feb 09, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans
I discovered this book at my local library and I just had to check it out. I have a ton of books to read, but this one jumped to the top. It's a bit of brain candy, and I love that it's truly a nice cozy mystery and not a gory slasher/thriller. (view spoiler)

I also loved the heavy emphasis on books and the realtionship that develops between the two main characters. The ending is
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Tiffani
Jul 05, 2015 Tiffani rated it liked it
Killer Librarian is about a librarian who not only loves mysteries, but finds herself in the middle of one. How could I not buy this?

Karen, librarian, mystery lover and Anglophile, is all packed for her first ever trip to London, with her boyfriend Dave. Instead of picking her up as planned, Dave unceremoniously dumps her with a phone call. Karen decides to go to London anyway. At the quaint bed and breakfast where she has decided to stay while in London she meets fellow book lover and B and B
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Ellen
Feb 12, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
"Killer Librarian"

This was my first book by this author or in this series. I did not want to stop reading this book for a second. The librarian in a cozy library in Minnesota is all set to go on a fabulous trip of a life time with her long time boyfriend, Dave. Karen Nash is the librarian and the day of the planned trip Dave cancels out. He needs his space, which turns out to be another woman. Karen is crushed by this unforeseen news.

Karen picks herself up off the floor and goes on her own to En
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Beverly
Dec 30, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut fiction novel about a midwestern librarian who travels to London and finds murder and love. I'm not really sure why as I've read other mysteries that I thought were better written. (Not that the writing in this book is bad, but it's certainly a freshman effort). Maybe it's because Karen reminds me of myself. I'm a librarian (albeit a school librarian, though I've worked in the public library), a lover of books and I've always wanted to visit London.

This is a quick, cozy read w
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Linda Rawlins
Mar 03, 2015 Linda Rawlins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin (Mary Logue) It's been a long time since I've read a book and simply couldn't put it down until the very last page. This is that book! Karen Nash, librarian from a small-town Minnesota library is about to go on a dream vacation to London with her boyfriend. As she stands ready to leave for the airport, he calls and breaks up with her! She leaves for England anyway and within a few days, finds a dead body. She also finds her boyfriend enjoying "her trip" to Lon ...more
Marly
Apr 13, 2013 Marly rated it did not like it
Karen Nash is a small-town librarian who is about to go on a dream vacation to London, accompanied by her long-term boyfriend, Dave. However, Dave calls to break up with Karen just hours before they depart, shattering her happiness and confidence. She refuses to let it disrupt her vacation, though, and heads to airport on her own, only to find that Dave is on the same flight, accompanied by Honey, a blonde bimbo half Karen's age.

As anger begins to replace sadness, Karen begins to fantasize abou
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Deb
Jan 12, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it
If you're looking for Sherlock Holmes, this isn't your kind of mystery. The middle aged, Midwestern librarian who is the heroine narrator is not too proactive a detective. Her wastrel of a plumber boyfriend dumps her on the very day they are supposed to fly off on their first trip to England. The money for the trip was earned through her idea, engineered by him and then named by her. Even though she is stunned and hurt, she decides to go on the trip anyway. At the airport, she discovers that her ...more
Rebecca
Apr 21, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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I strangely found myself driven to finish this book. I am not sure if it was the murder or the budding romance between the main character, a librarian from a small town in Minnesota and the B & B owner. Karen Nash is your typical English/ Librarian nerd (in the sense that I too am one of these people) and has dreamt of going to England to see the palces that she has read about. After helping her boyfriend, a plumber, develop a product, they earn enough money to go. The day of the trip, he le ...more
Jan
2 1/2 stars. Karen Nash, Minnesota librarian, is getting ready for her first trip to England when her boyfriend who is supposed to accompany her, breaks up with her. Karen decides to go on her trip anyway and is appalled when her now ex-boyfriend is still going to England, just with a different woman. Determined to have a good time, Karen checks onto her B&B and meets an interesting crew of folks who are in London for a flower show. She is also quite taken with the owner of the B&B, book ...more
LibraryCin
Karen is a librarian and has been dating Dave for 4 years. They had a trip to England planned when Dave breaks up with Karen on the day they are supposed to leave! Karen decides to take the trip, anyway, and finds herself on the plane, along with Dave and his new girlfriend! Karen keeps herself hidden, and when they all arrive in London, Karen checks herself into the B&B she'd booked. On the first night there, she finds one of the other guests dead.

I really enjoyed this. I was able to ident
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Vickie
Jan 05, 2013 Vickie rated it it was amazing
When I picked KILLER LIBRARIAN up, I kept looking for what series it belonged to. I don't seem to run across cozy mysteries that are stand-alones. This is perfectly stand-alone. Adventure, possible murder, hitman possibilities, excellent miscommunication.
I felt so bad for Karen, the main character who gets dumped on the day she and her boyfriend are to vacation in London. I also almost set the book aside as I read her woe-is-me bit. I kept reading and glad that I did. Karen pulled herself up o
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Hillary
Dec 28, 2012 Hillary rated it really liked it
Nice cozy mystery with good exploration of literary London and a romance as part of the backdrop. After Librarian Karen Nash is dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of a long-awaited trip to London, she goes anyway, only to run into him and his new squeeze on the plane. Staying at a B&B run by a bookish (single) man, she reinvents herself as a mystery writer doing research, and finds lots to do with a death at the B&B. Standard cozy mystery plotting and pace, quirky side-characters, and go ...more
Jonathan
Originally published on More Mysteries Please

Wow, this was a refreshing take on a cozy mystery.

Unlike most mysteries this story wasn't really centered around finding the killer, it was more about Karen enjoying her trip, and if she found clues along the way, then that's a bonus.

Overall great characters, great setting, well written, there's really not anything bad about this book, besides the fact that there's only one other book after it. Definitely this will join my favorites.
Glenda
May 12, 2015 Glenda rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any Librarian with self-esteem issues and bibliophiles who love them
Our midwestern librarian protagonist in this first installment of the Killer Librarian series puts on colorful, comfortable walking shoes to take us on a slow-paced tour of London. I think it was unnecessarily obtuse to have male characters called "Twad and Tweed" (Thad and Treat) as well as a female duo referred to as "the Tweedles" (Barb and Betty), but it wasn't too hard to remember that "Mr. Toad" was the guy who dumped our heroine. I loved the side trip to Hay-on-Wye ... I am ready to visit ...more
Chris Wolak
Dec 04, 2012 Chris Wolak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy fans, librarians
Recommended to Chris by: publisher's email
I needed a book to clear my palate and this was just the book. Killer Librarian is a light, fun read. Sure there's a dead body or two, but no blood and guts or evil killers on the loose. It wasn't overly romancey either. I started out thinking it was just 'okay' but toward the end realized I was really liking it. Will keep my eye out for book 2 of this new series.
Denise
Mar 03, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Karen and Caldwell were delightful characters and I loved all the other characters especialy the Tweedles. And the Bookshops were wonderful

If you enjoy lighter mysteries I highly recommend this one!
Harvee
Oct 24, 2013 Harvee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable, this mystery kept my interest throughout, unusual with many cozies. Maybe because it has to do with books of all sorts.
Debbie Heaton
Aug 28, 2014 Debbie Heaton rated it really liked it
In Kirwin’s mystery novel, Karen Nash works the mystery section of the small-town Minnesota library and she is about to embark on a long awaited trip to London on a literary tour inspired by British mysteries. To her dismay, the love of her life Dave dumps her just hours before the trip. When she encounters him at the airport on the arm of a stunning looker, she decides to carry on with her plans and gets on the plane without hesitation all the while entertaining schemes of his untimely demise.

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Marthine Satris
I was intrigued by the title of Mary Lou Kirwin's debut novel, and I was on the look out for books-about-books (I love being meta) when I saw Killer Librarian on my library's New Books shelf and thought it seemed apropos. I love libraries, cozy British mysteries, and I was in a library -- great!

To summarize: a middle-aged midwestern librarian's boyfriend dumps her the day before they are supposed to begin her dream English vacation, and she decides to go anyway. Karen, the librarian, keeps run
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Kellie
Mar 10, 2014 Kellie rated it liked it
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Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
I had a fun time with this book. Killer Librarian is Karen, a 40 something lady, an Anglophile specialized in British writers, who, along with her plumber boyfriend is about to depart to London for a 2 week vacation, only to find that plumber boyfriend has another companion in mind. She starts off on her own, and there starts her adventures in London, starting with the suspicious death of a fellow Bed & Breakfaster. She utilizes her 2 weeks thoroughly in eeking out used and old book stores, ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Mar 21, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
Entertaining mystery about a librarian on vacation in England who stumbles upon a dead man. Definitely a "beach read," but that's exactly what I expected, so I enjoyed it quite a bit. Some of the dialogue felt inauthentic or forced, which pulled me out of the story, but overall this is a fun and quick read that will appeal to book nerds.
Bea
This book left me with mixed feelings. At times I was engaged and caught up in the story, at other times it was a struggle to keep reading. In part, that was due to the mixed nature of the book - I was expecting a cozy mystery, instead I got a mid-life crisis and a sweet romance in the trappings of a cozy mystery. The mysteries, there were two, were the framework for the stories but most definitely not the focus. There were many coincidences, some red herrings, some very obvious story directions ...more
Nancy
Feb 09, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok
If you are looking for a fast read, one where you may have to suspend belief a little, this may be for you. Part mystery (though not much mystery) and part romance, the book is a fun romp with a protagonist, Karen Nash, who I liked for her introverted nature and love of books. As a former librarian who worked in a small midwest library, I could relate to some of her experiences. However, most of the book takes place in England at a B&B. If you are looking for a book that uses the library and ...more
Bluebird
Jan 31, 2016 Bluebird rated it liked it
3.5 stars
The story begins with the mention of two dead men. And yes, there are two dead men. However, this is not truly a cozy mystery. It’s more a cozy romance with a little murder mixed in. Don’t get me wrong, there is so much I liked about the book I didn’t mind being a bit misled.

Karen Nash is a middle age librarian from Sunshine Valley Minnesota who is dumped by her boyfriend Dave just hours before they are to depart for London on what is to be her first trip abroad. She is angry and hurt
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Michelle
Nov 13, 2015 Michelle rated it did not like it
A great deal of this book was pretty absurd. The protagonist is supposed to be middle-aged and well read, but her awkward infatuation with all things English and her negative attitude toward other women make her come across as rather immature. Her judgments of other people, her poor relationship choice (what on earth did she see in Dave?), and her ridiculous naivety were frustrating.

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