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The Incident Report, Martha Baillie


If you work in a library or any other service-based industry, you are probably familiar with incident reports — detailed written reports that must be completed whenever a disturbance or criminal act occurs during your work hours. This novel by Martha Baillie is narrated by a library clerk, Miriam, in the form of reports regarding both library and personal incidents. Captured in these reports are unruly and ill-behaved patrons of all sorts — and those of you who have worked in libraries can attest to the fact that they are probably based on real patrons. Miriam also writes shyly of her budding romance with a young taxi driver named Janko, as well as more alarming reports about mysterious notes being left around the library.

This enjoyable mystery is an excellent addition to the collection of fiction set in libraries. Library workers will embrace her stories and probably tell ones of their own to accompany them.

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