“Silence in the Library” is the second of the series “Lily Adler Mystery” by Katharine Schellman, maintaining the success of the first release. “Silence in the library” is a mystery that takes a different turn in the second release. Although it is a Lily Adler Mystery that follows the first book, you really don’t need to read the first book to get hold of the second story. Although after reading “Silence in the library” you might want to read the first one of the series. The story flows in a very interesting mystery filled environment where Jack Hartley joins to make the story have a romantic turn (not so much, just enough to ornate the story). Why everyone will love the book is because of the quick unravelling of the investigation. The investigation of a close friend of Adler’s father which seemed to be a very unfortunate event soon took the turn off being a well-thought murder but not done by anyone from the outside. However, the family wants to settle the matter silently and rather discreetly confidential family matters. But Lily with her tenacity will not let the murderer go away with an innocent member of the family taking the blame.
Jack Hartley, a member of the bow street constabulary is a charming character brought in to assist Adler with joining the pieces of the mystery that unfold the truth. Here’s my experience with the read. I never liked stories with a slow buildup and a slow pace. However, Silence in the Library took quite a turn when the murder weapon is discovered and the death remained not so accidental. Immediately after the disclosure of the event, the story takes a slow-paced story buildup with spices of romance. The story and unfolding of the mystery take a toll on Lily’s relationship where she was supposed to be unbiased throughout the solving of the mystery because every single one of the characters had the aura of being a suspect. Simon page comes in the second story of the series as well but if you want to understand character development better and want to know the relationship among them, you probably should read the first book.
The book is enjoyable, the charming use of Lily’s abilities, bits of romance, and the harshness of Lily’s father is what makes the book interesting but a lot has to do with the characterization. As the second book of the series the relationship among characters built up throughout the second story. The conclusion of the book is nothing so shocking to the readers which makes it a suitable fit for those who want the story to follow the way the readers deduct from the story. Nonetheless, the second book of the series was enjoyable, mature, mystery filled and interesting to read.
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Omar Md. Afza
Intern, Marketing & PR- YSSE