Author: Katie Gayle
Series: Julia Bird Mysteries #2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 255
Date of Publication: September 7, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Julia Bird is a retired social worker who finds a source of excitement in her life, even if it is rather morbid. Previously she found a dead body and actually solved the mystery of that murder. Finding yet another body, that of author Vincent Andrews, really makes Julia scratch her head. She immediately wonders if she was meant to solve this apparent murder as well.
As before, Julia can't just look away. In fact, she delves deep into an investigation that belongs to the police, but she simply cannot help herself. So, she begins to question anyone who was present at the scene of the crime - the library where Andrews was having a book signing. She also begins to question anyone close to him, and this includes his wife.
As Julia soon discovers, more than one person had a gripe with Andrews, thus making things more than complicated for Julia as she again plays the role of amateur sleuth. Will she be able to hone in on the killer, and actually be the one to solve this crime?
Even pacing, and a delightful older sleuth go hand-in-hand in this enjoyable book by Katie Gayle. I loved the twists in this book and enjoyed playing the guessing game right along with Julia. This is the second book in the Julia Bird Mystery series, and I hadn't had the chance to read the first book. I was well pleased to see that this book, Murder in the Library did perfectly well as a standalone novel.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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