Not so much a whodunnit as a whogottit!


When the body of a local writer is found by the steps of
the public library, police focus on the library staff.
Senior librarian Greer McCallister is soon high on their list of
persons of interest.

Greer is an unlikely murder suspect, a quiet, dependable
employee of almost twenty years. Recently, however,
her life has changed. Having at last found the courage
to leave her overbearing husband,she is finding life
as a single woman bewilderingly complex.

A precipitous affair shakes her sense of identity and
ultimately her grip on reality. The investigating officer
points out that many aspects of the case lead back to
her, and she is terrified that she is in some way
responsible for the tragedy.

“I’ve finished Withdrawn from Circulation with great pleasure. As well as the characters, I relished the sense of the Ontario landscape, both lovely and unfriendly with its bug hats, sinister rednecks, and ‘halos of horseflies.’ It’s terrific, a sparkling novel with a light, dry wit that reminds me of Barbara Pym and Edmund Crispin at their best. Right up my alley.”
                                               ~ Ronald Wright, A Short History of Time

“Withdrawn from Circulation is a compelling mystery, but it is also a wonderful novel in its own right. The murder might tie all the threads together at the end, but it is a delight to just follow the intrigues with Greer’s mind. It’s the third book to be published by the small Kingston press Cowdy House, run by Christina Decarie and Darryl Berger. It’s being released as both a paper book and an ebook.
        The library pun in the title will bring to mind a string of possible future sequels. Is it too much to suggest that this debut mystery from Maureen Garvie is long overdue?”
                                                       ~Wayne Grady, Kingston Whig-Standard


Withdrawn from Circulation
$15 paper ISBN 978-1-987934-00-7
Available at Novel Idea, 156 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B1, 613-546-9799
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