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Murder in The Locked Library By Ellery Adams: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Murder in the Locked Library along with a special tea brewer mug courtesy of Ellery! We also have a link to purchase the book from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

On the surface, Virginia’s Storyton Hall Resort is a luxurious haven for bibliophiles seeking refuge from the high-tech, social media-obsessed outside world. To remain competitive, manager Jane Steward is investing in the construction of an adjacent spa that would expand the amenities being offered to her book-loving guests. The ground barely has a chance to be broken before a stained and damaged old book is unearthed, although Jane’s young twin sons are far more delighted with the discovery of human bones. A case of the rickets and a farthing would indicate that the death was far from recent, but construction is halted as Jane coincidentally welcomes the Robert Harley Rare Book Society as guests for their Rare Book Conference in Storyton Hall.book cover

A very modern murder has Jane wishing that her boyfriend Edwin Alcott was not abroad, off on his own mysterious book-related quest. Jane can never forget her family’s responsibility as Guardians of the Eighth Wonder of the World, a library full of priceless books and manuscripts deemed too powerful and dangerous to be revealed to mankind. When suspicions arise that the discovered book may have been responsible for the past and present deaths, Jane and her loyal band of Fin soldiers reveal their true skills as warriors guarding the most valuable of treasures within the hidden library.

What I love about this series is how it balances Jane Steward’s two worlds. As she investigates the murder in her backyard, Jane corrals her precocious sons, hosts bookclub meetings, and plans book-themed teas. In her role and secret identity as caretaker of the hidden library, Jane must investigate the eccentric book experts of the rare book conference who may jeopardize the sanctity of the Library. The true duties and aspects of Guardians emerge halfway through this novel, when the butler, chauffeur, and rest of the staff reveal their skills as trained warriors dedicated to the cause of protecting the Library. Bibliomania and the obsession with books and reading prove to be anything but black or white. Indeed, it is Jane who questions her role to “protect” the world from information and ideas deemed too dangerous. This enchanting blend of mystery and fantasy succeeds in feeling timely and grounded, although few budding librarians would have sword training on their résumé. Book and mystery lovers alike will rejoice in this extraordinarily unique, exuberantly fun series. Another adventure awaits Jane in her immediate future, and readers can only hope that it contains as many puzzles, books, and intrigue as this one.

mugTo enter to win a copy of Murder in the Locked Library and the tea brewer mug, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “library,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 9, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also watch for our new mystery podcast coming June 5!

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
June 2, 2018 at 7:56am

I love Ellery’s books. I haven’t gotten to this series yet but it’s on my list. Thank you so much for this chance.


2 Faith Creech June 2, 2018 at 1:59pm

Love the cover and the book looks so very good. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

faithdcreech at gmail dot com


3 Autumn Trapani
Twitter: @Autumn
June 2, 2018 at 3:03pm

I have to say that I would LOVE to visit a book-themed resort. And the spa would be fun, but only if you could somehow read a book during the treatments! Thanks for the giveaway!


4 Debbie Price June 2, 2018 at 4:24pm

I do love this series! The title alone would have me purchasing this book! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!


5 Soniya Patidar June 2, 2018 at 5:50pm


Thank you for the opportunity!!!


6 Annette N June 3, 2018 at 8:30am

Ms Adams always writes a terrific story. Thanks for the review.


7 Donna Gantt June 3, 2018 at 9:13am

I like to read books by Ellery Adams and already have a couple of earlier ones in my book cases.


8 Joanie Hinton June 3, 2018 at 9:18am

looks like a great new read for my to read pile!! joanie13b@gmail.com


9 Kristin Lundgren
Twitter: @thehouseai
June 3, 2018 at 3:02pm

I love the premise of this series. Who can resist old documents, secret stuff, and a locked room mystery to solve. kristinlundgren@icloud.com
A recent post from Kristin Lundgren: Excerpt & Giveaway: The Longbourn Letters by Rose ServitovaMy Profile


10 Kristina M. Anderson
Twitter: @booklover43
June 4, 2018 at 9:08am

I just love this series by Ellery Adams. Delightful characters and wonderful setting. A place filled with books–paradise! Thank you for sharing! Doodlesink@hotmail.com
A recent post from Kristina M. Anderson: Confessions of a Red Herring: A Red Herring MysteryMy Profile


11 Kara Vaughan Marks June 4, 2018 at 2:38pm

I’d love to read this–ty for the giveaway! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


12 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
June 6, 2018 at 1:52pm

I would love to read this, and this absolutely adorable tea mug!! Thank you for the chance to win!


13 marylouh June 7, 2018 at 8:02am

Love this series. Sounds like
a fun gift to go along with the
book. thanks.


14 Dianne Casey June 7, 2018 at 6:57pm

Great series. Would really like to read “Murder in The Locked Library”.


15 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
June 11, 2018 at 11:56am

We have a winner!


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