New Release: MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau

61cHoeaY5iLMAD LIBRARIAN by Michael Guillebeau • Mystery/Women’s Crime • Madison Press • Releasing Nov 16, 2017

MAD Librarian is women’s crime humor that reads like Breaking Bad: The Library Edition. When the city cuts off funding for her library, Serenity Hammer embezzles from a neglected city fund that turns out to be the conduit for all state political corruption. Now she has all the money she needs to build the library her city deserves—if she can do it fast and stay alive.

Cayocosta72 reviews said, “This book is truly every librarian’s dream come true. After fighting budget battles over and over again, librarian Serenity has lost her library funding. What’s a librarian gonna do? How about ripping off the city that’s ripping off its citizens? Serenity begins helping herself to the funds that local politicians have been setting aside for their own personal “rainy day “. With the money she amasses she can build a library to thrill readers everywhere. Problem is, those politicians aren’t too thrilled to see their money disappearing and they plan to do anything to get it back. Why in the world are libraries always under threat? A funny, moving story of our most precious institutions under threat.” 

 

Half of all profit from MAD Librarian will go to the Awesome Foundation for Library Innovation. The intended audience for this book is anyone who is mad about all that our libraries have to do with too little support, and dream of what they could do with more.

MICHAEL GUILLEBEAU has published three mystery novels and two anthologies. His first book, Josh Whoever (Five Star Mysteries, 2013) received a starred review in Library Journal, and was named a Debut Mystery of the Month by Library Journal. His last anthology, Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now, won the 2017 Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice Award. Guillebeau has published over twenty short stories, including three in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. 

Michael Guillebeau lives in Madison, Alabama and Panama City Beach, Florida. For more information, see www.michaelguillebeau.com.

PERSONAL NOTE:  I am excited that Michael contacted me with his latest release.  I LOVED Josh Whoever.  His story, characters, pacing were spot-on.  I am eagerly awaiting a review copy of his new book.  In the meantime I will share with you my review of Josh Whoever from the March 2013 edition of The Book Breeze.

Josh WhoeverJOSH WHOEVER By Michael Guillebeau • Publisher: Five Star Publishing • Pages: 284 • Genre: Mystery

This is a tough book to review not because I didn’t love it but because I loved it so much I want to tell you everything. But no spoilers here; I won’t deprive you of the wonderful journey of JOSH WHOEVER.

From the cover: “Josh burned out on saving the world years ago. Now he’s a small-time con man who wants to stay drunk in the back room of the Western World bar between scams.”

No, Josh is no hero yet through a set of circumstances or divine guidance Josh is thrust into the case of the missing daughter from the Russian mob. If he fails he is promised an ugly death. However, it isn’t fear of dying that keeps him going but a promise to a grieving mother.

You aren’t likely to forget Guillebeau’s characters as they come to life on the page in a story seasoned with naivety and cynicism and the choices we make.

JOSH WHOEVER is a tale of humanity told with humor and sadness and a sense of hope that even the worst of us can achieve perfection, if only for a moment.

Interview with Michael Guillebeau author of JOSH WHOEVER

Author PicMichael Guillebeau’s first book, JOSH WHOEVER (Five Star Mysteries, 2013) was a finalist for the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel: Literary Suspense, and received a starred review in Library Journal, and was named a Debut Mystery of the Month by Library Journal. A second novel, A STUDY IN DETAIL, will be published by Five Star Mysteries in March 2015. SHARK’S TOOTH, a collection of detective stories set on Florida’s Emerald Coast, was published by Ardent Writers Press in 2014. Guillebeau has published over twenty short stories, including three in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

I loved your first book, JOSH WHOEVER. I’m a huge fan of oddball characters whose humanity leaves muddy footprints Josh Whoeverall over the page. Tell us about your characters in A STUDY IN DETAIL. I grew up in the sixties, and my main characters in Study are modern people embodying sixties virtues.

Most people forget that the early sixties were dominated by characters like Andy Griffith and Matt Dillon: simple, decent straight-shooters. Paul, the POV character is one of them. He’s a good-hearted outdoorsman who just wants to run his kayak business and maintain a difficult relationship with his complex artist wife Marta. Marta disappears and the police suspect Paul of murder. But Paul finds a note in Marta’s last painting telling him that she’s faked her death to make her paintings famous, and telling him to keep her secret.

A Study in DetailEnter the second, and strongest character: Rue. Rue is a young, open-hearted New Age girl who believes the universe wants her to give Paul six months of her life to help him get over his dead wife. Rue, to me, is the flowering of the goodness of the early sixties, which resulted in the flower children we usually associate with the decade. An enforcer from a casino arrives demanding that Paul repay the $5M that he says Marta stole from the casino, a suspicious insurance investigator dogs Paul because Marta took out a $5M insurance policy shortly before the disappearance, and a new set of Marta paintings show up and Arizona. Paul goes to investigate, followed by Rue.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work? Fun, primarily. I enjoyed writing the book, and I enjoyed hanging around with Rue and Paul as these good-hearted people try to navigate a complex modern world. If there’s a message, I guess it’s just the effect that good-hearted people can have if they stay good-hearted. And solve murders, of course. It is a mystery. Sort of.

Are there authors who have inspired your work? Really, every book in the library. John MacDonald’s Travis McGee (the Shark's Toothphysical description of Paul is lifted straight from McGee.) Donald Westlake. One of my reviewers compared Study to a modern Frank Capra movie, and I take that as high praise.

Is there a book out there you wish you’d written and why? I’m tempted to say ‘Every book in the library’ again. I’m really opinionated on books—I either love them or want to throw them against the wall. Dennis Lehane’s Gone, Baby, Gone. Anything by Hiaasen. Westlake’s Get Real. Elmore Leonard’s Maximum Bob. Anything by Robert Parker (the live one, not all the books he seems to write since he’s dead.) Oh, and one really off the wall book. Rhonda Nelson’s The Future Widow’s Club. If that title doesn’t hook you, you have no business reading.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you? Where do I send your Nobel prize?

Randall Reneau DQC