Solving murders isn’t typically part of the job description for a librarian, but the Scrappy Librarian (aka Juanita Wills, head librarian at the public library in Wyndham, OK) isn’t typical.
Book Talk will open its season of book discussions September 14 with “Big Book Betrayal,” the fourth in Juanita’s adventures as chronicled in the Scrappy Librarian Mysteries series by local author Marion Moore Hill.
Hill herself will lead the 7:00 p.m. discussion at Donald W. Reynolds Library, 1515 W. Main Street in Durant.
In “Betrayal,” Juanita is attempting to help a friend, Clarissa Davenport, a wealthy and respected community leader, to deal with the secret alcoholism that is ruining her life.
Tough-minded but kind Juanita has little experience dealing with substance abuse (except maybe her own tiny addiction to food?), but urges her friend to attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous with her. Clarissa reluctantly does so but quickly decides the group isn’t for her.
The downward spiral of Clarissa’s life soon brings her back to AA, but even in the group not everyone is supportive of her struggles. One member may even be trying to frame her for murder.
Hill also writes the Deadly Past Mysteries, in which a young history buff from Dallas solves current-day mysteries with plots that revolve around events in the lives of various Founding Fathers—Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson so far—past events that have an impact on happenings in present day.
Book Talk meetings are open to the public, and copies of monthly selections are available for purchase at the library service desk. The group meets the second Thursday of each month, except for December and summer months.
The book selection for the October 12 Book Talk meeting is “The Stranger,” a classic novel by Albert Camus.
Submitted by Book Talk.