My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are times when you want what I call an Airplane Book. This is the kind of read that is not emotionally so entangling you stress over reading it and you have to put it down on occasion because it weighs you down like a brick. I call them Airplane Books because they are the kind of book you want on a prolonged airline flight. Death is Long Overdue, by Amy E Lilly is definitely an Airplane Book.
Ophelia, Phee to her friends, is the quintessential librarian. She loves her books and the building built to house them. She loves reading, old movies, and her cat. Mostly, she likes her predictable life. A predictable life, which turns upside-down when she decides to break into the home of a patron who refuses to return his overdue library books. She discovers him dead.
Phee is joined by a host of likable characters, two of whom are potential suitors, in a quest to uncover who has undertaken a murder spree in her little town.
I found the writing to be good, the characters to be relatable, and the story line moved along at a good pace. I actually read the entire book in one day.
It is definitely a cozy mystery in every sense of the word. Low on violence and gore, there are a couple of adult references, but they were mild. The character does have sex, but wasn’t overly graphic and it is well done. I would have no problem handing this to a young adult to read.
I was entertained and that is one of the best compliments I can pay any author.
If there is one criticism (and it is minor), I felt like Amy was rolling out characters in too quick a succession for my mind to really grasp their relevance. But that’s it … literally the only thing I saw that could have been improved.
I can highly recommend Death is Long Overdue by Amy E. Lilly.
-Your Humble Servant,