Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
by Rebecca M. Douglass
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.
What a delightful, charming mystery with some light romantic elements!
JJ’s life seems to be falling into a rhythm even if it is busy! She has a new job she is enjoying at the library. She is rocking being a single mom to a teenage boy, and she is enjoying her time with her boyfriend, Ron, the police chief. She is busy with the PTA’s upcoming Holiday Bazaar and trying to get a swimming pool for the island.
Many people are in favor of the pool, except for one grumpy member, old Mr. Fingal, who seems more interested in getting a football team re-established…so he is a no. To add insult to injury, he is the one donating the land to the school. However, all that comes to a crashing halt when a woman, Jolene Smethers, claims that her family owns the land. The issue is tabled until the land dispute is settled.
JJ decides she is going to find out who this woman is. Days later, there is an earthquake with a victim’s body in the library, and it’s none other than Jolene Smethers. It appears she didn’t die from natural causes…in other words, the books didn’t kill her. Now, JJ has something else to add to her busy life…solving another murder. The list of suspects is long because Jolene had a habit of stirring up trouble everywhere.
The mystery is fast-moving, without losing any substance. The characters are fun as well! I love JJ’s spunk and determination. She doesn’t give up easily. There are some twists and turns in the book. Her personal life may be changing in a way she isn’t expecting, but isn’t that what life is all about anyway?
If you like a good mystery, with a spunky, strong female lead with some great secondary characters, and a lovely setting, give this series a try!
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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