Dead-End Job Mystery (Book 13)
The fun continues, this time at the library, in Viet’s latest entry into one of my favorite mystery series. Being a librarian, this book holds a special place in my heart.
People return the most outrageous things along with their library books and Viets mentions several of my favorites. But the mystery here is based on a John Singer Sargent painting worth close to a million dollars that is inadvertently left in a book that is donated to the library.
When Elizabeth’s father died, the family donated his collection of books to the library. When she realizes the painting was in one of the books, she hires private eye Helen Hawthorne to find it.
Helen gets a coveted volunteer position at the small city library and gets to work. But other people are aware of the missing painting and don’t necessarily want it returned to its rightful owner, and are willing to kill to keep it.
Meanwhile Helen’s husband Phil, also a private investigator, is looking for a missing ruby and diamond necklace that was stolen during a private party, along with a golf cart. Yes, lots of folks in south Florida own their own golf carts. Some are used for golf, of course, but there are also communities where they are street legal.
I love the south Florida culture that Viets always infuses her mysteries with, and this time out she also inserts lots of interesting library trivia. Any library regular will love all the inside gossip.
Another great cozy mystery with lots of laughs, warm, wonderful characters and an intriguing premise. Don’t miss it.
5/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
CHECKED OUT by Elaine Viets. NAL (May 5, 2015). ISBN 978-0451466327. 288p.