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Blog Tour: The Library Murders by M.R. Mackenzie

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Title: The Library Murders
Author: M.R. Mackenzie
Publisher: Mad House
Genre: Murder, Mystery
Pages: 306

Thank you to M.R. Mackenzie and Overview Media for the opportunity to read this book in the exchange for an honest review as part of The Library Murders Blog Tour!


Plot Outline: Alyssa Clark is about to find out that reading really can be murder.

She thought her new job in Thornhill Library would be safe and uneventful. Boring, even. But on her first day at work, a masked gunman storms into the building and blows away every member of staff on duty. Alyssa barely escapes with her life.

The police are satisfied they’ve got their man, but Davy, Alyssa’s colleague and the only other survivor of the massacre, is convinced the real killer is still at large. Alyssa – trying to move on with her life while dealing with traumatic flashbacks and the unwanted advances of an obsessive ex – is sceptical. However, when she stumbles across damning evidence of a cover-up, she agrees to join forces with Davy to help track down the real culprit.

But in her pursuit of the truth, will she find the closure she desperately craves… or provoke the wrath of a killer with unfinished business on his mind?

If you like twists, turns and compelling, conflicted characters, you’ll love this gripping new mystery from the McIlvanney Prize-nominated author of In the Silence.

My Review: The Library Murders starts off with a BANG! As Alyssa starts her first day at the library, her world is shook to the core when an armed man comes into the library and shots her and all her new colleagues. As paramedics and police ascend the scene, it becomes clear that Alyssa may have been the only survivor… Before this incident had occurred, Alyssa and her colleagues has been threatened by a local man for indecent behaviour, and my suspicion was on this individual being the murderer.

Shortly after coming home from Hospital, Alyssa is showed a photo of a suspect (whom she doesn’t recognise) and is informed that one of her colleagues, Davy, had also survived. This part really shocked me, you could only imagine for Alyssa how terrifying and relieving it must have been to know that someone else had survived the event.

The attention to detail through this book felt like a work of art. It flowed constantly and kept you on your toes.

As Alyssa was recovering from the event, I felt as though the plot was going down the route of Alyssa being either a apart of the attack or knew something about it. She had received an unsigned card with an iris in it, and she was jumping going to and fro to work, thinking that there was someone following her with sandy hair. This is when we started to find out about Alyssa’s past. Could her past be catching up with her? I honestly did as some points believe it was, and that who ever the sandy haired guy was, hated Alyssa enough to destroy her…. I was wrong!

When Davy returns back to work, he tries to convince Alyssa that the guy the police had arrested for the murders was innocent. This was the same guy the police had shown Alyssa a photo of when she had come out of prison. As Davy and Alyssa devolve deeper into the conspiracy of what had happened, why the library and it’s staff had been attacked, they both discover that an innocent man was behind bars and they had to find the killer!

I’m going to limit what I write for the ending of the book as I really don’t want to give it away! Alyssa figures out who the shooter was, and unassumingly puts herself into danger. But!! I can tell you this!! When I was reading the final few chapters about who the murderer was, I was shocked!!!! It dawned on me, that the signs were all there!!!!

Overall, the plot line was brilliant – you were given just enough information to make you think about what is going on; the character development was awesome, the difference from the beginning Alyssa and the end Alyssa is astonishing, and you can’t help but love Davy!


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

About The Author:

M.R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has an MA in English and a PhD in Film Studies.

In addition to writing, he works as a Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante, Hideo Nakata and Jacques Tourneur. Writing as Michael Mackenzie, he has contributed chapters to books on cult cinema and regularly provides video essays and liner notes for new releases of celebrated films. He used to work in a library, before leaving to spend more time with books.

In 2019, his first novel, In the Silence, was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year and longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize.

You can follow M.R Mackenzie on Facebook, Twitter, and his website.


Happy Reading, x

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