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May 1, 2016

CON LEHANE'S - - Murder At The 42nd Street Library

A Mystery
Con Lehane

Murder at the 42nd Street Library 

(from Night Owl Reviews) 

 This first book in an irresistible new series introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic marble façade of New York City’s landmark 42nd Street Library. Murder at the 42nd Street Library follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. In their search for the reasons behind the murder, Ambler and his crew uncover sinister, and profoundly disturbing, relationships among the scholars studying in the iconic library. Included among the players are a celebrated mystery writer who has donated his papers to the library’s crime fiction collection; that writer’s long-missing daughter, a prominent New York society woman with a hidden past, and more than one of Ambler’s colleagues at the library. Shocking revelations lead inexorably to the traumatic events that follow?the reading room will never be the same.

  • Number: 9781250009968
  • Release: April 26, 2016
  • Author: Con Lehane
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Mystery
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
Con Lehane
Con Lehane is a mystery writer, living outside Washington, DC. Murder at the 42nd Street Library, out April 26 from Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, is the first in a new series featuring Raymond Ambler, curator of the 42nd Street Library's (fictional) crime fiction collection. On the horizon as well is a story, "Stella by Starlight," in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He's also published three books featuring New York City bartender Brian McNulty. Over the years, he (Lehane, that is) has been a college professor, union organizer, labor journalist, and has tended bar at two-dozen or so drinking establishments. He teaches fiction writing and mystery writing at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit him at, on Facebook and Twitter.

This author definitely knows his crime fiction.  He gave us a smart and yet twisty mystery. This is the first book in the library series that has the reader meet  Raymond Ambler,  sleuth and librarian. At the corner of 42nd Street and  5th Avenue, behind the marble walls, lie so many dark, deep secrets. There's no way a reader can pass by a murder that takes place in a library. I was anxious to read since I love mysteries but this one was just okay. The author did a good job of putting the characters together and describing them I had one character, Ray Ambler that was just rather hard to like.  He seemed rather offish and selfish to me. I wasn't glued to the book. Usually when I find a book I really like, I can't let go.  This one didn't do that for me.  There was no medium pace,  it was either real  slow or real fast.  Just because I didn't care for Ambler doesn't mean another reader won't.  Everyone has their own tastes.  Looking for Book Two in hopes Ray redeems himself to me.  
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Con Lehane and Night Owl Reviews in exchange for my unbiased view.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

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