TITLE: Frame of Reference
GENRE: Adult Suspense/Intrigue
All Quinn wants is a little excitement. Enter handsome library patron James, who asks for her help researching an art collection. Soon, her apartment is tossed and her life is threatened by an international arms dealer. Her library skills come in handy when she and James must uncover which artifact hides information about a lost cache of weapons before the arms dealer can and threaten more lives.
Being a librarian is a lot like being a secret agent, her grandfather told her once. Like a good spy, a librarian has to be quick thinking, resourceful and tenacious. He’d assured her he knew about such things since he’d read just about every spy novel ever published.
Quinn appreciated his elevated opinion of those in her chosen profession. To her, though, the comparison was more than a little over the top. She liked to believe she was quick thinking, resourceful and tenacious, given she was known to follow bits of bibliographic data like a bloodhound after an escaped convict until she tracked down a requested book or answered a reference question. Still, it wasn’t as exciting as disabling a space-based death ray pointed at the White House by a maniacal villain bent on world domination.
She snipped off another strip of red book repair tape from a roll and used it to attach the swag of fake green garland and colored twinkle lights to the front of her metal desk. She smiled when she thought of how her grandfather would approve of her unconventional use of library supplies.
The trimming secured, she crawled under the desk manufactured during the Eisenhower administration and plugged the lights into the power strip. She grunted when her head banged against one side of the desk as she backed out from the tiny space and a hollow bong reverberated around her. Good thing for her skull it sounded worse than it felt.