Murder in the Manuscript Room

Murder in the Manuscript Room

A 42nd Street Library Mystery

Book - 2017 | First edition
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The second in Con Lehane's 42nd Street Library Mystery, Murder in the Manuscript Room is a smart, compelling mystery in which the characters themselves are at least as interesting as the striking sleuthing. When a murder desecrates the somber, book-lined halls of New York City's iconic 42nd Street Library, Raymond Ambler, the library's curator of crime fiction, has a personal interest in solving the crime. His quest to solve the murder is complicated by personal entanglements involving his friend--or perhaps more-than-friend--Adele Morgan. Not only does Adele's relationship with the young woman staffer who was murdered get in the way of Ambler's investigation, more disturbing for him is Adele's growing interest in a darkly handsome Islamic scholar. Soon the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department takes over the case from NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove, Ambler's friend and sometimes partner-in-crime solving. Ambler suspects that the murder of the young woman, who'd been working at the library under an assumed name and the curious intervention of NYPD's intelligence division are connected. The trail of intrigue leads to a seemingly unrelated murder in an upstate prison and a long ago murder of a trade union reformer. No one else sees the connections Ambler is sure are there--not an unusual state of affairs for Ambler. But with the city's law enforcement establishment determined to stop his investigation, the inquisitive and intrepid librarian faces challenges that may put his very life at risk.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250069993
Characteristics: viii, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Murder in the manuscript room


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Jun 12, 2018

I finished the book, but I kept rolling my eyes at the premise of a librarian really being that close to a police detective. I won’t be reading more in this series.

Mar 08, 2018

Needed a good editor!

Jan 25, 2018

"Bookish" says NYTimes review.Deceptive! Sleuth is a New York librarian, but the writing is plot-driven rather than literary. The 42d street Beaux Art Library is barely integrated into a plot about police high level corruption. Some familiarity with New York jargon and the author's first detective story will help because the characters are not introduced with much depth and background.


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