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Booked to Die


Booked to Die: Mysteries Featuring Libraries and/or Librarians
Courtyard Book Chats, June 26, 2007
Julee H.

Miss Zukas mysteries

In Catalogue of Death, inimitable librarian/sleuth Wilhelmina Zukas returns to flirt with Police Chief Wayne Gallant and to solved the murder of local billionaire Franklin Harrington, who had planned to build a new library in Bellehaven. [Series by Jo Dereske]

  • Miss Zukas and the Library Murders [1994]
  • Miss Zukas and the Island Murders [1995]
  • Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death [1995]
  • Miss Zukas and the Raven’s Dance [1996]
  • Out of Circulation [1997]
  • Final Notice [1998]
  • Miss Zukas in Death’s Shadow [1999]
  • Miss Zukas Shelves the Evidence [2001]
  • Bookmarked to Die [2006]
  • Catalogue of Death [2007]

Ophelia and Abby mysteries

Witch Way to Murder – This delightful cozy introduces Ophelia Jensen, a psychic small-town librarian and her grandmother Abby, a benevolent witch. When an epidemic of catastrophes, including homicide, rock their tranquil town, Ophelia and Abby set out to make things right. [Series by Shirley Damsgaard]

  • Witch Way to Murder [2005]
  • Charmed to Death [2006]
  • The Trouble With Witches [2006]
  • Witch Hunt [2007]

Mobile Library Mysteries

Israel Armstrong is a passionate soul, lured to Ireland by the promise of an exciting new career. Alas, the job that awaits him is not quite what he had in mind. Still, Israel is not one to dwell on disappointment, as he prepares to drive a mobile library around a small, damp Irish town. After all, the scenery is lovely, the people are charming #8212; but where are the books? The rolling library’s 15,000 volumes have mysteriously gone missing, and it’s up to Israel to discover who would steal them . . . and why. And perhaps, after that, he will tackle other bizarre and perplexing local mysteries — like, where does one go to find a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper? [Series by Ian Sansom]

  • The Case of the Missing Books [2005]
  • Mr. Dixon Disappears [2007]

Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries

In The Burglar in the Library, after his girlfriend dumps him to marry another, Bernie follows the couple to a New England inn with his sights set on an autographed first edition copy of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, located in the inn’s library. But when a dead body appears and all the guests remain snowbound, it’s up to Bernie to solved the case! [Series by Lawrence Block]

  • Burglars Can’t be Choosers [1977]
  • The Burglar in the Closet [1978]
  • The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling [1979]
  • The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza [1980]
  • The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian [1983]
  • The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams [1994]
  • The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart [1995]
  • The Burglar in the Library [1997]
  • The Burglar in the Rye [1999]
  • The Burglar on the Prowl [2004]

Aurora Teagarden mysteries

In Poppy Done to Death, on the way to a lunch meeting of her local book discussion group, the Uppity Women, small-town Southern librarin Aurora “Roe” Tegarden is shocked and dismayed to find her sister-in-la Poppy lying bloody and dead right outside her own back door. Longtime readers and new fans alike will delight in Roe’s exploits as she employs her impeccable knowledge of small-town politics and enchanting Southern charm to solve the crime in this wonderful installment of Charlaine Harris’ terrific cozy series. [Series by Charlaine Harris]

  • Real Murders [1990]
  • A Bone to Pick [1992]
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse [1994]
  • The Julius House [1995]
  • Dead Over Heels [1996]
  • A Fool and his Honey [1999]
  • Last Scene Alive [2002]
  • Poppy Done to Death [2003]

Lucy Trimble Brenner mysteries

Death on the Rocks — When private detective Lucy Trimble is retained by Greta Golden to find the identity of the ominous lurking stranger whom Greta is certain is following her, it doesn’t appear to be too challenging a mystery. But the question of what he is trying to discover about Greta, and why, begins to truly complicate the case. [Series by Eric Wright]

  • Death of a Sunday Writer [1996]
  • Death on the Rocks [1999]