The library is no safe haven in this taut, tense mystery perfect for fans of Louise Penny and Elly Griffith’s Dr. Ruth Galloway series.
Greer Hogan is a librarian turned sleuth, an avid reader of crime fiction who possesses an uncanny knack for deduction—and now, she’s drawn into another murder case as late autumn slowly turns to winter in the idyllic village of Raven Hill. When Anita Hunzeker, chair of the library board of trustees, is run off the road and killed, no one seems all that sorry. Anita was widely disliked, and the townsfolk would just as soon be rid of her. But when a local professor turns up dead as well, his connection to Anita and to other local residents leaves the suspect pool covering the entire county.
Greer starts poking around, and the more she digs, the more it seems like everyone she knows is trying to hide something. When she unearths a clue in the old manor cemetery, she finally discovers the shocking truth—a cache of dark secrets stretching back decades that could rock the town to its core. Everyone who’s come close to the truth has ended up dead—and if Greer doesn’t tread lightly, she could be the next librarian to get archived for good.
Drawing nostalgic inspiration from classic girl detective mysteries, Hilliard deftly captures notes of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers in this third installment of the Greer Hogan mysteries.
About the Author
M. E. Hilliard is currently a full-time librarian who started out in retail merchandising. After twelve years of mergers, consolidations, and moves around the country, she went to graduate school and got a Master of Library Science degree. Originally from the Connecticut shoreline, she has never lost her love of quaint small towns, big cities, and fashion, so she indulges that in her writing. A life-long lover of mystery fiction, M. E. currently lives and works in Florida.
Praise for Three Can Keep a Secret: “Enjoyable . . . Fans of Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway series will want to have a look.” —Publishers Weekly
“Readers who enjoy the library and community connections in Victoria Gilbert’s 'Blue Ridge Library' mysteries will want to try this mystery.” —Library Journal
“Entertaining . . . A worthy addition to the series.” —Booklist
“Hilliard has also done a bang-up job in creating a chilling gothic atmosphere complete . . . [And] a well-constructed plot.” —Midwest Book review
“Another great novel in the series.” —Red Carpet Crash
“The Greer Hogan series by M.E. Hilliard—The Unkindness of Ravens, Shadow in the Glass, and Three Can Keep a Secret,—features a librarian amateur sleuth who uses her considerable research skills, intelligence, and encyclopedic knowledge of classic mystery and detective fiction to help solve murders. The author’s own experience as a librarian lends verisimilitude to the protagonist’s actions, while the unique, and somewhat gothic, settings provide a touch of haunting charm. The series is a great choice for readers who enjoy both cozy and traditional mysteries.” —Victoria Gilbert, author of the Blue Ridge Library and Hunter & Clewe mystery series.
Praise for Shadow in the Glass: “Easy to like and very smart.” —Seattle Book Review
“For cozy aficionados, this read is sure to please.” —New York Journal of Books
“A full on 'whodunnit' mystery laced with suspense, memorable characters . . . [and] unexpected plot twists and turns that makes for a compulsive page turning and fun read.” —Midwest Book Review
Praise for The Unkindness of Ravens: “Hilliard’s crime fiction debut is a smash . . . Thrilling, fast-paced, quick-witted, and full of nostalgic references to Greer’s beloved literary detectives, The Unkindness of Ravens will please fans of Christie’s Poirot and Marple, Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache, and, especially, Sherlock Holmes.” —Booklist, starred review
"[A] first-rate debut and series launch." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Plenty of red herrings and a nice setup for a sequel.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Atmospheric...Readers who remember those classic girl detective mysteries . . . will appreciate this book." —Library Journal
“M.E. Hilliard pulls off a delightful high-wire act in The Unkindness of Ravens . . . Readers who enjoy Louise Penny’s Three Pines will enjoy protagonist Greer Hogan." —Gwen Florio, award-winning author of the Lola Wicks series
“[An] appealing main character and enjoyable plot.” —Dorothy Cannell, award-winning author of the Ellie Haskell series
"Moody and tense, literary and urbane, and an edgy delight to read." —BookPage