Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cannell, Dorothy. How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams (New York: Bantam Books, 1995) 292 p.
The narrator, Ellie Haskell, is a frequenter of the Chitterton Fells Library, and a member of the Library League. Legend has it that the library is haunted by the ghost of a man who felt too much reading had ruined his seven daughters' lives. "Miss Bunch, our stalwart librarian, lived at that desk. Rumour had it that she had been born there -- fully grown, already stout, red-faced, and with her hair cropped to an uncompromising bob. I had it on good authority ... that Miss Bunch did not possess a first name. Doubtless her parents had instantly realized the impropriety of attempting to become too familiar with their offspring.

My knees had a tendency to knock on those occasions when I approached Miss Bunch at her desk -- my arms loaded with books whose overdue status would momentarily be calculated down to a percentage of a second. (p. 10-11).

Miss Bunch is found dead in the stacks. The Library League immediately begins fund raising for an appropriate memorial for her. The new librarian is Mrs. Harris, who is described as a Nazi with razor sharp elbows.

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