Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

No sooner have the Librarians returned from their most recent adventure than the main clippings book and their individual books give off alerts. There are 3 large blind rodents in one woman's kitchen. A woman in England wakes up inside a giant pumpkin and must fight her way out. And a man atop a cherry picker trimming trees is blown out of it by a freak wind and lands on a trampoline in a neighboring back yard.

It isn't long before the Librarians reach the conclusion that all of the alerts are related to Mother Goose Rhymes. Jenkins laments that the Mother Goose Treaty must have somehow been broken. The original book was divided into 3 parts - one part for each branch of the family to diffuse its power. Now someone is seeking to reassemble the book and possibly end the world as we know it. With Flynn missing, it's up to Baird, Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone, with Jenkins support, to put things to rights once again.

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox is the second book in The Librarians series. The adventures continue on the page in the same way they would in the television series. This makes an excellent television tie-in book. The characters are true to themselves. Events are similar to what you would expect from watching the television show.

The mystery is broken into 4 parts. Each has its own twists and turns based on Mother Goose rhymes. Still, there is an overall arc that brings the mysteries together. All parts must be solved before there will be peace again.

There are 4 points of view- one for each of the Librarians and Baird. It's not hard to follow as each section is clearly labeled at the beginning as to who will be relating the story.

It is readable without being familiar with the series. There is sufficient backstory given. However, you will enjoy it more if you know the characters and their quirks already.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a very readable mystery. I enjoyed the Mother Goose rhyme background to it as I enjoy other retellings and things relating to fairy tales and the like. And it is a good tie-in for the television series. I recommend it most for people who enjoy the series. Others would like it, but perhaps not quite as much.

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox is due out April 25, 2017 from Tor Books.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.