FILE “M” FOR MURDER. . . .
Champion of the mystery section at a small-town Minnesota library, Karen Nash is about to embark on a dream trip to London—a literary tour inspired by every murderous intrigue, wily suspect, and ingenious crime found in the pages of the British mysteries that she devours. But she’s clueless why the love of her mid-life, Dave, would dump her hours before takeoff—until she spies him at the airport with a young honey on his arm! She decides the best revenge (for now) is to get on that plane anyway . . . and entertain schemes for Dave’s untimely demise while crossing the pond.
After touching ground in the hallowed homeland of Christie, Sayers, and Peters, she checks into a cozy B & B run by charming bibliophile Caldwell Perkins. Soon she’s spilling tears in her pint at the corner pub, sharing her heartbreak saga with a stranger. That night, a B & B guest drops out of circulation—permanently. And when Dave and his cutie turn up in London, Karen realizes they are an assassin’s target. With the meticulous attention to detail that makes her a killer librarian, Karen sleuths her way through her own real-life mystery—in which library science meets the art of murder.
Near the start of Kirwin's captivating debut, smalltown Minnesota librarian Karen Nash is looking forward to her first holiday in England. When Karen's plumber boyfriend, Dave, dumps her and cancels the trip just hours before departure, the undaunted Karen manages to secure a plane ticket on her own dime. Soon after, she spots none other than the newly dubbed "Mr. Toad" and a skinny blonde boarding the same plane. Dave and his new honey are too absorbed in each other to notice Karen on the transatlantic flight. Once in London, while on a pub night out with the owner of the B&B where she's staying, a heartbroken Karen confides in a mysterious man that she fantasizes about murdering her scoundrel of an ex-boyfriend. A whopping headache later, Karen discovers a fellow B&B guest dead. Signs suggest that Dave and his honey could be next. Literary allusions, from Winnie the Pooh to Ian McEwan, distinguish this from the common run of cozies.