Title: may day
Author: Jess Lourey
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Copyright Date: 2006
Print Date: March 2006
Series: 1st in the Murder by Month Mystery series
Book Description (from back cover):
Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation — too easy. Eager to leave behind a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, Mira packs up her cat and begins a new life in rural Battle Lake, Minnesota. Landing jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, she falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man — until he turns up dead between the reference stacks.Comments:
Determined to learn more about the man who had briefly stolen her heart, Mira delves into the hidden mysteries of Battle Lake, including a old land deed with ancient Ojibwe secrets, an octogenarian crowd with freaky social lives, and a handful of thirtysomething high school buddies who hold bitter, decades-old grudges. Mira soon discovers that untold secrets are concealed under the polite exterior of this quirky small town — and revenge is a tator-tot hotdish best served cold.
A nice read. Mostly. I mean, the guy Mira falls for is the murder victim (a spoiler only if you didn't read the cover synopsis), so that throws a bit of a wrench in the HEA* =( , but otherwise...
I will read more by this author/of this series (this is the first in a series, the next 4 have already been published, so I just have to see if they're available at the local library...).
I almost forgot... the main thing that kinda bothered me (other than the aforementioned identity of dead guy), is the way librarianship is portrayed. I may be somewhat sensitive because it was so easy for Mira to get a job as assistant librarian while I can't even get a minimum wage page position (let alone something more in line with my degree). But. Mira acts like this is NOT a job she really cares for, just something she's doing to get by while she revisits living the rural life. A living during an extention of the not-really-going-anywhere part of her life. That's what my current job is to me, not a library job. =/
NOTE: *I want Happily Ever Afters in all books I read. Of course, I don't always get them, but I can hope...