Crispin Books is pleased to announce the release of a third book in Marion Moore Hill’s “Scrappy Librarian” series. Bookmarked for Murder is actually the first title in Hill’s three-book series (so far), which Crispin Books has now re-released in new editions, with the other two books released several months ago. The series features inquisitive public librarian Juanita Wills, who works in the small town of Wyndham, Oklahoma, and has a hard time keeping her nose out of crimes, especially ones that are an affront to social justice.
In a review of Death Books a Return, American Library Association’s Booklist praised Hill’s writing and concluded: “This series bears watching, especially by library-loving mystery mavens.”
Library Journal agreed, noting Hill’s books are “cleverly presented, and the characters are endearing.”
In Bookmarked for Murder, the first book in the series, Juanita takes on a tangled web of deep-seated racism, as she tries to get to the bottom of a the killing of a gentle minister in a local church in what seems to be a hate crime. Despite the tragedy of the murder, the small-town setting and its local denizens, including Juanita’s own cantankerous staff at the library, make this a more light-hearted read than a hard-boiled plot.
The author has also written several books in the Deadly Past mysteries. A member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Ms. Hill lives in Durant, Oklahoma. For book signings and speaking engagements: www.MarionMooreHill.net.
Marion will be appearing this month on a panel of mystery authors who write series with librarian protagonists, on Tuesday, April 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m., at the Texas Librarians Association annual conference in Austin, Texas. Also on the panel, titled “Stacks Full of Murder,” is Dean James, who writes the bestselling “Cat in the Stacks” mysteries and Fran Stewart, who writes the “Biscuit McKee” mysteries.