Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
by Rebecca M. Douglass
I am delighted to join the blog tour for Death By Library by Rebecca M. Douglass today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the review copy!
About Death by Library
Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
4th in Series
Independently Published (December 6, 2019)
Number of Pages ~ 280
The library can save your life… can it kill you, too?
JJ has a new job at the library, which ought to make her happy. But with all those books to shelve, the PTA to run, and a 16-year-old son to raise, there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, not to mention the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming ahead.
When things turn deadly in the library stacks, JJ needs some answers fast, before she loses her job—or her life. She’s determined to learn everything about the victim, and for once the library doesn’t hold all the answers. JJ and Kitty may have to face the ultimate peril: a visit to Mrs. Halsey, the oldest—and crankiest—person on the island.
Book four in this cozy serial by Rebecca M. Douglass is not short on surprises, with JJ McGregor and the Pismawallops PTA back in action!
Set on Pismawallops Island, one of the many picturesque islands that make up the Puget Sound in Washington State, forty-two-year old JJ has a part-time job as a library page – a general dogsbody who sorts and shelves books. Vice president of Orcaville High school PTA, JJ is also halfway through writing a murder mystery. Hard-up, and newly divorced, JJ is kept extremely busy with her new job, a sixteen-year-old son, Brian, and a budding relationship with her new sweetheart, hunky police chief Ron Karlson. With Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, she also has the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming.
The PTA must exert itself post-haste when a crotchety member of the school board, Bud Fingal, threatens plans to build a much-needed swimming pool on Pismawallops island. Investigative reporter, Jolene Smethers, who writes for the ‘Weekly Wave’ is also opposed to the building of the pool, as the land on which it’s proposed to be constructed belongs to her family, and not to the board president, Bud Fingal, who donated it to the Orcaville High school district. It seems that Fingal’s grandfather stole it from Jolene’s Great-Grandma dating back to the 1920’s, and if the school district wants the land then they should purchase it from Jolene’s Grandma.
Following a stormy night, Fingal and Jolene are seen arguing outside the library. Then, just before Thanksgiving, while the library is full, there is a mini earthquake and a body is found in the mele and wreckage of broken glass and misplaced books. The dead body, killed by falling tomes, is Jolene. But was it an accident as a result of the quake or was she murdered? And why do the intrepid two, JJ and Kitty, need to visit the foxy and feared Mrs Halsey, the most senior, crabbiest and most irascible inhabitant of the island?
Ron warns JJ off getting involved in the case however, the reader is taken on a thrilling journey whilst she and her best friend Kitty, another PTA volunteer, try to solve the mystery.
The story is told from JJ’s point of view, a feisty, brave, reckless, irrational, redhead with a temper to boot. She used to be married to Allen, likes running, and is in love with, and full of desire for solid, dependable and capable Ron. He wants to them to move in together, but JJ isn’t ready. She has a penchant for espresso brownies, but any brownie will do, especially when Ron is buying.
Rebecca’s writing style is punchy, sleek and enticing and I adored the glorious helping of saucy romance she artfully weaves into the story. The island is full of well-drawn and fully-rounded characters, and of course, all of them have a reason to loathe the victim. Even though there were so many, I managed not to feel overwhelmed! There was a huge list of potential suspects to choose from, to keep even the most ardent of armchair detectives entertained. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s depiction of the close relationship between JJ and her only child, Brian, as well as her great friendship with Kitty. Rebecca M. Douglass’ portrayal of the gossipy, close-knit community of Pismawallops island was first-class and by the time I finished ‘Death By Library’, it was apparent that I’d underestimated how dark and dangerous the islands can be.
This was enthralling, classic whodunit with great dollops of humour thrown in and a fabulous finale. It was my first novel by this superb author, and I know it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to reading the first book in this series ‘Death By Ice Cream’ as well as books two and three.
‘Death By Library’ brings no disappointments, is very highly recommended, and is well worth five stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel through Great Escapes Book Tours at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Rebecca M. Douglass
After a lifetime of reading, and a decade or more of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home (and preparing to move without forwarding address if necessary to retain that empty nest), not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to pen a total of 9 books so far.
For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries (Death By Ice Cream and Death By Trombone, Death By Adverb, and Death By Library) provide insights into what PTA moms are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and the sequels Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem of Peggy. For those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.
Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? We could argue that it’s because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in—squirrel!
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