So there I was, ready for the next-in-line Elizabeth MacPherson mystery – and I didn’t have it. Because the title Lovely in Her Bones had sounded like one of Sharyn McCrumb’s excellent scary Appalachian mysteries, so I hadn’t asked the librarian to order it shipped to the Walnut Hills Branch of the Cincinnati-Hamilton Public Library for me.
And I had one of my infrequent quiet evenings coming up and really wanted my mystery – no matter that there were probably 70 other wonderful unread and all paid for books in the bedside table. I tried ordering it on line – didn’t know what my password was. Wandered around a while and figured that out. Then found the book, clicked to hold it, and asked that it be held at the main branch downtown, just a few minutes from my office.
About 3 p m, I realized I hadn’t heard from the library. Keep in mind that I knew I was being fairly unreasonable. I called them and asked about the book. The incredible librarian told me she’d go look for the book, and call me when she had it in her hand! Which she did, in about half an hour. She then carried it to the drive-up window, and canceled my email order! Way beyond the call of duty, I’d say.
So I curled up that evening quite happily, calling down blessings on her wonderful head. I am very impressed with the service at our over-the-top library.