Suspects abound, many with hidden connects to the library. It is soon discovered the murder is connected to a mystery writer’s personal papers that were donated to the library. Ambler perseveres in his investigation and soon he has a second murder to solve.
I thought this was interesting premise for a murder mystery but the execution was lacking. I felt the author was trying too hard. There were several plot lines vying for space, in this case meant a lot of characters to keep track of. It became confusing at times to keep track of everything. The story just didn’t flow smoothly. When I took a break from reading, I had to reread sections in order to pick where I left off. Perhaps the book would have worked better if some of the characters and subplots were culled.
Despite my previous stated feelings, I did like the book. I liked that it wasn’t as hard-boiled as some crime novels and was a little more gritty than a cozy mystery. I like both, don’t get me wrong but somewhere in the middle is a nice change. I would happily read the next book in the series to see what the author comes up with next!
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this manuscript from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.