Brand-new librarian Meg Booker is just supposed to be checking out books. Instead, it’s the patrons who are being checked out—permanently.

April, 1985, Fir Grove Library in Portland, Oregon. Meg is made temporary supervisor when her boss takes off on a three-month around-the-world vacation. Right away, things start going wrong. Historical records disappear out of the archives. The hot new library page skateboards into work—or doesn’t—whenever he feels like it. A simmering feud boils over between two prominent and universally loathed patrons, leaving Meg scrambling to keep the peace.

Then one of the patrons turns up dead in the library conference room. The police say it’s natural causes, but Meg suspects murder—and no librarian worth her reference desk credentials leaves a question unanswered. Enlisting the aid of the library’s mystery book club, and armed with mad research skills, she sets out to prove what really happened.

A Shush Before Dying is the first Meg Booker Librarian Mystery—a cozy library mystery series set in the 1980s.

There’s a sign above the library book drop: NO TRASH OR VIDEOTAPES. Meg never thought she’d have to add: NO DEAD BODIES.

It’s May 1985 and Meg Booker already has her hands full, what with running the busy Fir Grove branch library, helping her flaky actor brother with his latest onstage project, and caring for an orphaned kitten that shows up outside the branch. Then a rare bank note goes missing at a library event, igniting a feud between two local collectors, and Meg thinks her life couldn’t get any more complicated… until a dead body turns up in the book drop room.

Racing against time, Meg must use all of her librarian skills to discover the real killer’s identity, before the police arrest her for the crime.

Book Drop Dead is the second Meg Booker Librarian Mystery, a 1980s cozy library mystery series.