I've never read Michael Connelly, though I've heard of Harry Bosch. I saw this on the New Release shelf and thought I'd give it a try for
So far, I like the set up, but dislike the audiobook narrator. Katherine Moennig is rushing and doesn't leave enough space between sentences. I've just put in the request for the print version, however, the reserve list is looong and I don't expect to see it until mid-October.
I've got a different audiobook to try tomorrow.
I have seen pictures of the Library in New York that has the famous lions. I always thought how fun that place looked. As for the murder in the library, that is something that the teens at a local library play. One of them draws the "murder card" and they go around killing the others. If they are figured out, their turn ends and they start over. They have so much fun. At one event, my middle daughter drew the murder card and killed her sisters. When I asked her why, she said, "There can be only one."
This murder starts with a man walking into the library and being shot to death and another man being targeted but missed. He knows who the killer is, but claims to the police and others, that he really doesn't know who did the deed. The main detective, Cosgrove, is friends with one of the librarians, Ambler, and he asks him for information. As the librarian starts working on the why of the killing and who could be involved, he talks with an old friend whose, a famous author, whose papers have come into the archive that he manages. The man rants that he doesn't want anything written about him by this man. Then he asks for help in locating his daughter. There are love triangles all over the place and so many connecting stories from the past and the present. The story didn't start to move until the end, then I had a hard time putting it down.
I also ran across a quote that made me think back to the weekend I was volunteering with the Friends of a library that I frequent with my girls:
"...who'd never heard of the library's crime fiction collection and complained about so many of the tourists visiting the library on any given day being Asian.
'They must have a lot of money in China these days for so many to be traveling.'
'I'm glad they like the library,' Ambler said. 'I wish more American tourists did.'" pg 202
The complaint came from an older lady who didn't like all the things that the library was doing that brought in families and others. It is sad that many want to keep libraries like the used to be, silent and dark. Places to study and not be disturbed. Many libraries around us have created rooms for study and others for computers and rooms full of light and fun for kids/teens. A haven in this world. I love taking the girls to the libraries and I am thankful for all they allow us to do.
The book was an okay read and there is a point where you know something before the end of the book and it is confirmed, but that part isn't the who murdered whom.
A puppy is in the returned book bin. The husband of the new President of the Friends of the Library is murdered. A nasty nor'easter hits. It is up to Lindsay and her friends to find the killer before he/she strikes again.
I like these characters. I like their interactions and the teasing Lindsay gets about Sully. The story was good. I did figure out the who and part of the why. I needed the ending to fill out the rest of the why. I'll be reading more of this series.
OF COURSE I've heard of the grand dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, but have I ever taken the time to read any of her books? Nope. Thank you Halloween Bingo for giving me an incentive to try something new.
And Then There Were None is in many ways the archetype of a closed-circle mystery. And I'm glad it was my first introduction to the genre.
I don't know whether other Agatha Christie titles will make it to the top of my enormous list of things I would love to have read, but it's definitely a possibility.