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The Bodies in the Library

A First Edition Library Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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Hayley Burke's fresh start as the curator of The First Edition Society's library in Bath, England, is about to take a rotten turn in this charming new mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Marty Wingate.

Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary.

Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight - an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House.

But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job.

©2019 Marty Wingate (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“This series debut will delight lovers of literary-themed romance and mystery; the perfect companion, of course, is the nearly eponymous Christie work, but fans of Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (2014) should also be steered toward Wingate’s latest.” (Booklist)

“Cozy Mystery fans, rejoice! The Bodies in the Library is the first in a fresh and lovely new mystery series by Marty Wingate that checks off some of my favorite boxes: a library of rare mystery novels; a setting steeped in history; lots of intriguing characters; and a valiant cat named Bunter. The plot gently unfolds as our spunky protagonist gathers clues - with a little help from Dame Agatha and a benevolent ghost - in order to solve a rather coldblooded murder that kept me turning pages and guessing to the very end." (Kate Carlisle, New York Times best-selling author of The Book Supremacy)

“Hayley Burke thought her new job at the First Edition Society would be a walk around the Royal Crescent, that is until bodies start piling up in the library. Marty Wingate’s smart new mystery, The Bodies In The Library, is better than a buttered scone and a pure delight.” (Lorraine Bartlett, New York Times best-selling author of Yule Be Dead)
 

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Boring, slow, and twee

My headline says it all. I would advise you to skip it. Not exactly my idea of a mystery.

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ok

It's ok. The mystery is pretty good.I might get the next book in this series

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More please

There is going to be a wonderful continuation! Please hurry! And a bit more of the ???