The Woman in the Library is an ingenious mystery within a mystery. It begins with a murder in the library when four strangers hear a scream and retire for some coffee to talk it over. They subsequently learn there was a murder and think they might solve it. And they’re off…

Or more accurately, a new mystery novel is off to a bracing start. The author shares her ongoing manuscript with her greatest fan who offers his opinions along the way. His opinions get more forceful as the mystery takes shape. She includes a character with his name which flatters him tremendously but he becomes dogmatic and demanding when the character does not meet his expectations. She is simply not writing the mystery the way he wants.

Meanwhile, the four sleuths learn more about each other and find reasons to suspect the killer might be one of them.

I have enjoyed Sulari Gentill’s series featuring the charming Rowland Sinclair and his coterie of creative and interesting friends. The characters are easy to love and I usually enjoy the characters more than the plot. The Woman in the Library is a stand-alone novel and I am blown away by both the characters and the plot. It is ingenious, so very ingenious and you simply have to take my word for it because I absolutely will not spoil the surprise for you.

I received an e-galley of The Woman in the Library from the publisher through NetGalley