Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan

Rating: 4 out of 5.
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

I love a good mystery, and one that feels like it could really happen is even better! Larceny at the Library was that good, believable mystery for me. I think the author’s previous careers have lent to her credibility in this book. She previously worked on Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress!

I loved the characters in Larceny at the Library. They were easy to get to know even though this is the sixth book in the series. I’d like to go back and read the previous books, though because I want to learn about them from the beginning now! Kit and Doug make a good couple, and I enjoyed their personal life mixed into this mystery!

The story takes the reader all over Washington D.C., and I enjoyed the chance to visit the different locations through the story. I’ve been to D.C. before, but I’ve never visited underground tunnels in the city, so it was really interesting to read about those!

I felt that this was a well-written story with surprises at every turn. I liked that I didn’t really know where the story was going, it kept me on my toes as I read!

Overall, I thought this was a well-written novel with lots of exciting events that kept me really engaged in the story!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Larceny at the Library to readers that enjoy cozy mysteries! I would suggest you start at the beginning because this was a good book, and I bet the rest of the series is too! It can be read as a stand-alone novel though.

Where to Find This Book:

Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan is available at these sites.

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Congressional chief of staff Kit Marshall is finally figuring out what it takes to work for a newly minted committee chair in the House of Representatives. After a swanky evening soiree at the Library of Congress, Kit’s husband Doug discovers the body of a high-ranking librarian inside a ceremonial office. In addition to a murder, there’s also a major theft to complicate the situation. The contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated have gone missing. Kit’s political boss and the Librarian of Congress ask Kit to investigate, and she’s released into a world of intrigue populated by a frisky donor, an ambitious congressional relations specialist, a cagey rare books curator, an overly curious congressman, and a baseball-loving lawyer. Kit must solve the crime before Doug’s career is tanked by suspicion. The case takes her to the inner bowels of the Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, the National Portrait Gallery, and the D.C. Public Library. In the end, Kit must put her own life on the line to retrieve her most valuable possession, which goes unexpectedly missing as she hunts down the killer and thief.

Just the Facts:

Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan
Series: Washington Whodunit, Book 6
Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 198 pages
Publisher: Camel Press
Pub Date: May 25, 2020

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President of the White House Historical Association.

Colleen is a member of Sisters in Crime. “Stabbing in the Senate” was awarded the Next Generation Indie prize for Best Mystery in 2016. “Homicide in the House” was a 2017 finalist for the RONE Award for Best Mystery. “Calamity at the Continental Club” was a 2018 finalist in the “best cozy mystery” at Killer Nashville. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.

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I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily..

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11 thoughts on “Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan

  1. Good evening, Colleen My question for you today is, have you ever considered co-authoring a book and if so, who would you most like to work with?


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