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Philip K Jones reviews Murder In The Library a Sherlock Holmes mystery

“The characters are interesting and the story is written to be continued.  Another book is planned and if it is good as the first, I’m sure it will lead to a popular series.”

Philip K Jones (aka The Ill Dressed Vagabond) reviews the debut novel from Felicia Carparelli – Murder In The Library. The book has recently been picked up for translation and will come out in Italian in early 2012. Here is Phil’s review:

“This book is a Sherlockian mystery only by courtesy.  The characters are knowledgeable about the Canon and there are Sherlockian echoes in the clues and events.  Otherwise, this is an interesting mystery with well-drawn and fascinating characters set in contemporary Chicago.  I was a bit disappointed as it started, due to the book cover, which indicated a ‘period’ mystery.  However, I soon became involved in the story and characters, which are rich and imaginative.  The mystery is complex and baffling with lots of distractions and false leads.

This story is set in an un-named University Library, near Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago.  The heroine is a widowed daughter of a Greek restaurant owner and a retired Italian Opera singer who gives singing lessons.  Both parents cook, a lot!  Our Librarian manages the Reference Department with a staff of five junior Librarians and a number of Student pages.  The other Library staff are varied, interesting and quirky.  Murder definitely upsets the smooth routine of the Library and sets the Gossip Machine into high gear.

The disputes, jealousies, grudges and other interrelations are more than enough to provide motives for several murders.  It seems that College Libraries harbor as many ill feelings as most business enterprises.  Mix in a divorced, green-eyed Police detective who pushes all of the Librarian’s buttons and the situation becomes explosive.  As the body count rises, the toll on nerves and relations mounts and stirs the pot.  Meanwhile, the Greek Chef and the Italian Opera Singer feed friends, acquaintances and suspects and provide a safe harbor in the storm.

The editing is quite good.  I only saw two or three errors in language and no errors at all in matters Sherlockian.  The characters are interesting and the story is written to be continued.  Another book is planned and if it is good as the first, I’m sure it will lead to a popular series.”

Murder In The Library is available from all good bookstores (including Amazon), and in all electronic formats including Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and others.

 

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Interview with Felcia Carparelli, author of Murder In The Library, which features Sherlock Holmes

Murder In The LibraryFelicia Carparelli is a widely acclaimed Chicago based writer with pieces published in Nit and Wit, Rockford Review, Mediphors, Cybergrrl, Feminsta!, Red Booth Review, Chicago Sun Times, Library Journal, American Libraries and others.

We caught up with Felicia ahead of the publication of ‘Murder In The Library’ this month to find out more about her and the book.

What prompted you to base your thriller in a library?

My first real job was as a library page when I was 14 years old at the Evergreen Park Public Library.  I worked as a library assistant when I attended the University of Illinois.  I received my degree in library science when I was 22 and have been working in a variety of libraries my whole life, including the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Schools.  Libraries have a lot of light and shadows, nooks and crannies and can be very silent, foreboding and mysterious.  Library staff and patrons can also be very colorful.

Why the connection with Sherlock Holmes?

When I was a child, my mother, Christine, introduced me to great classics on film and in books, like Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, Miss Marple, and anything by Poe with Vincent Price.  I love Holmes, I love his brilliance and his fits of boredom, the way he lives life on his own terms.   I wish I could have been him in another life.

Who are your favorite Sherlocks on film?

I think my absolute favorite is Jeremy Brett, but I love Basil Rathbone and am absolutely smitten with the new Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman Holmes and Watson. Sherlock in the 21st century- it works!

Your love of Chicago comes out in the book, how long have you lived there?

I was born and raised on the south side and ended up living on the north side now for many years.  Chicago is a great city and there is a wealth of unique places to write about.

Who or what was your inspiration for your characters Violetta and Mick?

I love sparring couples-  I suppose I was aiming for a combo of Scarlett and Rhett, Nick and Nora, Lord Peter and Harriet and Abbott and Costello.

Who will enjoy the book the most, the gals or the guys?

Of course, I have to say Murder in the Library has something for everybody!  Romance, dead bodies, dudes and dandies, the opera and nods to Zorba the Greek, Sherlock and Watson and southern belles.

How long have you been writing fiction?

I have been writing for almost 30 years. I have written young adult books, two plays, short fiction and a couple of romance novels.  Murder in the Library is my first mystery.

Any plans for future books?

This year I am going to start work on my second mystery, Murder at the Opera.
More Sherlockian plots and temperamental tenors.


Murder In The Library is available from all good bookstores (including Amazon), and in all electronic formats including Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and others.

 

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Chicago Thriller Features Sherlock Holmes Fan

Murder In The LibraryIt was no surprise to friends and family of Felicia Carparelli that the main character in her new thriller ‘Murder In The Library’ is a Sherlock Holmes fan. Felicia has been a big Holmes fan for as far back as she can remember.

The book is released on 28th April and was a natural choice for MX Publishing as the UK’s main publishers of modern Holmes pastiches. Managing Editor Steve comments:

“We rarely publish straight crime fiction (as we mostly do pastiches and historical books), but we couldn’t resist Felicia’s fun thriller because of it’s winding story around Sherlock Holmes. As well as fans of Holmes, the book will certainly appeal to librarians around the world.”

‘Murder In The Library’ is available for pre-order from all good bookstores (including Amazon UK) and soon through Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and others.

 

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