Librarian probes unsolved case, finds danger

Oklahoman Published: September 3, 2008
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"Death Books a Return" (Pemberley, $17.95), the second novel in Marion Moore Hills' mystery series, features Juanita Wills, the "Scrappy Librarian."

Wills has plans for writing a history of the town of Wyndham, Okla., where she is head librarian. So when she discovers there was an unsolved murder of a black boy in 1959, she knows the history cannot be complete until the murder is solved and, obviously, no one else is interested, so she adds this to her chores.

She has an appointment to visit with Samuel Davis in nearby Bryson's Corner, but when she arrives, he doesn't answer the door. Worried that something might be wrong with him, as any good Oklahoman, she walks next door to ask a neighbor. She knocks, the door opens and a pitcher of grape juice in her face is her welcome.

The man yells, "And don't come back," before noticing it was not the salesman who was there earlier. He turns and runs out the back door leaving his wife to help the bewildered Juanita clean her face and clothes.

This is not an attempt on Juanita's life, but Davis is dead. He has been poisoned. Did her interview have anything to do with his death after all these years? Is it possible the murderer is still around?

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