This is my first review for the Globe as the new director at Joplin Public Library.
I have just begun my eighth week here as library director, and during this time many gracious people have welcomed me to my new position. Library patrons have stopped to introduce themselves while I have been in the library stacks. I have had a warm reception here. For this, I thank you.
On to business: I’m going to share a dirty-little-librarian secret, suspected by some, but not generally known: Most librarians have not read every book in the library!
I’m part of that group. Case in point: At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10, Joplin Public Library has the honor of hosting author Carolyn Hart for a program and book signing.
Hart is a nationally-acclaimed mystery writer. She has won three Agatha Awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
But I had never read any of her books. Because she is coming to the library, I thought it would be a good idea to be familiar with her writing and read one of her books.
The book I chose was Set Sail for Murder, the seventh and most recent addition to Hart’s “Henrie O” series. Fortunately, although Hart’s books are in a series, they are readable as standalone stories.
Henri O is Henrietta O’Dwyer Collins, a retired newspaper reporter with a nose for murder. In this book, she receives a call from a long-ago love, Jimmy Leonard.
Though Henrie O had refused his offer of marriage years earlier, she still has a place for him in her heart and responds to his request for help.
He is convinced someone in the family is out to murder his wife, Sophia. The wife is a stepmother from an earlier marriage to venture capitalist, Frank Riordan, to four grown children, for whom she holds the keys to a trust fund containing a substantial fortune.
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