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“Larceny at the Library” by Coleen Shogan details another adventure involving the intrepid Kit Marshall, whose involvement in the latest murder on Capitol Hill is even more personal than ever before. Her search for the murderer and for the motive behind the theft of valuable Lincoln memorabilia leads her all over DC as she confronts many of the movers and shakers on The Hill.
This cozy mystery story is part of the ‘A Washington Whodunit’ series and includes great details about the Library of Congress, some of its iconic collections, and the machinations of the library staff, politicians, support staff, and other movers and shakers in Washington, D.C. The witty allusions to current events also add realism to the story. Although this can be read as a stand-alone, many of the characters persist throughout the books in this fun series, and it helps to deepen one’s appreciation of their motivations and actions if some of the previous volumes have been read.
There is a wonderful cast of secondary characters, including two delightful canines, and the obscure details about topics as diverse as invaluable comic books or presidential memorabilia enrich the story. I enjoyed the multilayered conflicts as Kit not only searches for a murderer and the missing items, but navigates through appeasing various powerful folks, her hubby’s search for their new house, and her best friend’s love triangle. Books that allow me to armchair travel are always welcome, especially during these turbulent times, and I can only hope to one day visit some of the places described so vividly and appreciate the beauty and weighty history for myself. This was an excellent addition to a charming series, and I look forward to reading more about Kit’s adventures.
A copy of this title was provided for review