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The Library Murders

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  12 reviews
‘An immersive slow burn, peppered with disquieting fire-crackers of revelation.’ – Morgan Cry

Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder.

She thought her new job in Thornhill Library would be safe and uneventful. Boring, even. But on her first day at work, a masked gunman storms into the building and blows away every member of staff on duty. Alyssa b
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Published August 20th 2020 by Mad House
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Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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THE LIBRARY MURDERS by M.R. Mackenzie is a murder mystery that begins with a graphic murder of librarians in a small satellite library in Glasgow and then becomes a twisted search for the murderer by two of the survivors. This is a new to me author who was able to immerse me in his narrative and I did not put it down until “The End”.

Alyssa Clark is late for her first day on her new job at the Thornhill Library. As she and her new c
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do like a book set in or around a library and Mackenzie has written something here that should appeal to both library lovers and those who enjoy crime fiction.

What surprised me about this narrative was the lack of presence that the police force has. Unlike many pieces of crime fiction, the police fade into the background as Alyssa and Davy step-up to investigate the true perpetrator behind the library shootings. Despite the police arrest, Davy manages to convince Alyssa that this does not solv
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
The book opens with a pleasant first chapter, almost enough to make you forget something horrible is promised by the title. I stress the almost because it reminds you something's coming. You could easily take that first chapter and put it into a General Fiction/Women's Commercial Fiction kind of thing.

And then the title happens. As murders go, they're pretty shocking, particularly when you put they happen i
marnie | once upon a time book reviews
What drew me towards this book instantly when I was offered the opportunity to read an advanced copy, was its hook “Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder” It really sucked me in completely and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and find out more!

The Library Murders kicks things off literally with a bang for Alyssa Clark when on her first day at her new job at the Thornhill Library, sees a gunman storm the premises and shoot dead the majority of the staff assembled on t
Carol Keen
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder, mysteries, library
Libraries have always been amazing places for me. Add in a mystery or a murder, and I'm an eager reader. The Thornhill library should have been dull, but instead, Alyssa finds herself involved in a struggle for her life. Davy also survived and seems to be her new friend, but what is going on is deeper than your average who-done-it read.

Is the killer who the police think it is? Why have such staggering murders in a library? How unsafe can a gal from Canada be? Of course, if the police are missin
Shanon Yeo
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Library Murders starts off with a BANG! As Alyssa starts her first day at the library, her world is shook to the core when an armed man comes into the library and shots her and all her new colleagues. As paramedics and police ascend the scene, it becomes clear that Alyssa may have been the only survivor... Before this incident had occurred, Alyssa and her colleagues has been threatened by a local man for indecent behaviour, and my suspicion was on this individual being the murderer.
As Alyssa
Suze Clarke-Morris
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an early read of this and knew then it was a winner. A recent re-read confirmed that, and the few changes that have been made have only improved it. This is a standalone which sees Mackenzie taking a break from his Anna Scavolini series but for Anna fans she makes the briefest blink-and-you-miss-it cameo here, and will be back properly in Mackenzie's next book, The Shadow Men. The Library Murders sounds like it should be a cosy mystery and there are elements of that her ...more
Alyson Read
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story begins with 24-year-old Alyssa Clark’s first morning in a new job. It’s the first real job she’s had since drifting around after coming to Scotland from a very small town in Canada, so this posting as a librarian at Thornhill Public Library in Glasgow means a significant change. And she is already late, having been drinking with her friends far too late the previous night. Dashing in, she meets her new colleagues at the counter, Jason, Eva, Laura and Davy. Before she can even begin to ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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From start to finish this was a great read.

As the title says there are murders in a library.Alyssa is caught up in the shootings. Although the police believe they’ve got the killer Alyssas colleague isn’t so sure. With Davy her colleague she tries to track down the killer but she gets more than she bargained for.

Great read. Really enjoyed it. Am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
James Dobbins
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The most fun reading I've had in a while

This novel was the most fun I've had reading in a long time. Extremely well written, well plotted, great characters, and a delightful Scottish environment, all work together to make this one of the most delightful reads you can imagine. That it is all wrapped around a murder mystery makes it all the more fun to read. I highly recommend this novel.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A relevant book for me - I started working in a Glasgow library 5 weeks before lockdown - so I could definitely identify with what was going on. Apart from the personal relevance, I enjoyed this. I do have to say that library staff are a wee bit nicer than they are portrayed here though :)
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. So much that I did nothing else but read and finished it in one day.
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M.R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has an MA in English and a PhD in Film Studies.

In addition to writing, he works as a Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante, Hideo Nakata and Jacques Tourneur. Writing as Michael Mackenzie, he has contributed chapters

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