Murder in the Manuscript Room: A 42nd Street Library Mystery

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Murder in the Manuscript Room is the second in Con Lehane’s 42nd Street Library Mysteries. Set in the iconic New York Public Library in Manhattan, librarian Ray Ambler is a prime suspect when a female co-worker is found murdered in his office in the crime fiction reading room. It soon becomes clear that the woman was less a librarian and more an undercover police agent. After this, the plot twists and becomes complicated. Ambler is contacted by a childhood friend who is serving life in prison for something he didn’t do and wants Ambler to help clear his name. He is also in the middle of a custody dispute for his grandson and an unclear relationship with another librarian.

Sadly, Murder in the Manuscript Room does not prove to be as interesting as one would hope. Though it is the second in the series, one would hope that it would stand alone a bit better. The author does not do a good job of filling in backstory for readers who may be coming to his series with this book, which makes the characters difficult to figure out. The hardboiled-detective genre is tiresome and stereotypical. Sadly, there are too many loose ends that were not fully tied up.

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Author Con Lehane
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Minotaur Books
Publish Date 2017-Nov-21
ISBN 9781250069993
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Issue May 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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