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Murder in the Manuscript Room: A 42nd Street Library Mystery    by Con Lehane order for
Murder in the Manuscript Room
by Con Lehane
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Minotaur, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

To me, when a mystery occurs in a library, that goes right to my heart. I mean, a library is a sacred place, isn't it?

Anyway, a murder desecrates the book-lined halls of New York City's 42nd Street Library and Raymond Ambler, the library's curator of crime fiction, wants to solve it. He is afraid that his friend Adele Morgan was somehow involved and he really wants to clear her name right from the very beginning. Ambler is also not liking the relationship he can see building between Adele and a darkly handsome Islamic scholar.

We move from the murder room the crime fiction room to the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department, as they take over the case from NYPD homicide, entangling Ambler's friend, Detective Mike Cosgrove, in the mystery.

Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane is the second in the series. All his mysteries are worth reading, well written, and with a deliciously good plot. Along with a fine story, this one also makes a statement about the immigration problems that are so in the news just now.

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