MYSTERY

The Unkindness of Ravens

Crooked Lane. (Greer Hogan Mystery). Apr. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781643856940. $27.99. M
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DEBUT As a young reader, Greer saw herself as “Greer Hogan, girl detective,” modeling her persona on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. At 37, she went back to school to be a librarian, “a girl detective with a laptop.” Now 40 and working at the Raven Hill Public Library, she never expected to find the body of her best friend, Joanna Goodhue, dead on the library’s rooftop terrace. Greer, who came to Raven Hill after her husband was murdered while she was out of the house, is unwilling to share her personal secrets with the police, but that doesn’t mean she’s unwilling to stay at the library late at night, talk with suspects, or walk home in the fog after the library has closed. The carefully developed account spins a story of small-town secrets and hidden ambitions.
VERDICT While readers may want to compare librarian Hilliard’s debut with the library-centered mysteries by Jenn McKinlay or Victoria Gilbert, this one is actually a little darker than the other cozies. Most of the atmospheric story takes place in the beloved but old village library. Readers who remember those classic girl detective mysteries, and many library staff members, will appreciate this book.
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