Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Librarian

Growing up I thought it would be wonderful to be a librarian. What could be better than being surrounded by all those books day after day? When I realized my first career choice, wasn't the right one I looked at getting my Master's degree in library science. No concentration really appealed to me, however. I was slightly intrigued by the preservation concentration (Brooklyn Wainwright would be proud), but there was too much science and chemistry involved, so I decided against a library career. That's not to say that I don't still love and patronize libraries. Librarians will always hold a special place in my heart. I have a feeling most authors and book lovers feel the same way. It should come as no surprise then that librarians find their way into many cozy mysteries.

One of my favorite series is the Magical Cat Mysteries by Sofie Kelly. Protagonist Kathleen Paulson has moved from Boston to Minnesota to renovate the local library. She brings two cats, Owen and Hercules, into her life who are even more special than you can imagine!

Tori Sinclair is another librarian who has relocated. Tori moved from Chicago to Sweet Briar, South Carolina in the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. She tries to fit in by joining a sewing circle. Sewing tips are included.

While the majority of cozy protagonists are female, some are male, as is the case with Charlie Harris in the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James. Charlie is a librarian at the local college who lives with Diesel, a Maine Coon cat.

As you see, library mysteries share other cozy subgenres as well: Paranormal, Animal, Craft/Needlework and more. If you want a historical mystery with a librarian, you can have that too with the Seneca Falls Mysteries by Miriam Grace Monfredo. 

This is just the tip of the iceburg. Jenn McKinlay writes the Library Lover's Mysteries and Megan Clark is a reference librarian in the series by D.R. Meredith.

I have a mystery for you. There is a mystery series featuring a librarian that I really enjoyed, but, for the life of me, I can't remember the author or title of the book. The first book in the series introduces us to the new librarian. Some people are angry that she was hired. She creates a children's area with a stage out of a storage room so that the kids can act out their favorite stories. The love interest is a teacher. There was flooding as well. Can anyone tell me the title and author of this book? There just may be a prize if you can do it!


  1. Is this book Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.The first book in the series.
    Cindy in Ontario

    1. Hmmm. It just might be. I know when I was trying to think of it I remembered pranks being played-but then I thought I was mixing it up with the Southern Sewing Circle. I didn't think it was that series, but it just may be. I'll have to find that book and check it out. If it is the one-you've won a little prize, don't know what yet, but something! I'll be in touch!

    2. Cindy, please send me your mailing address if you'd like a little something for knowing the correct series!

  2. Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. The book where flooding occurred was actually in Pinned for Murder by the same author and some books were damaged. There was also flooding in Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly.


    1. Thank you Michelle. I read so many cozies I get myself confused!

  3. I have a copy of Death in the Stacks by Jenn Mckinlay-which is excellent-if you're interested drop me a line!!