Larceny in the Library by Colleen Shogan Book Six in the Washington Whodunit Series

After a high-profile theft and murder at the Library of Congress, congressional staffer and amateur sleuth Kit Marshall swings into high gear to solve the crimes and clear her husband’s name as a prime suspect.

Congressional chief of staff Kit Marshall is finally figuring out what it takes to work for a newly minted committee chair in the House of Representatives. After a swanky evening soiree at the Library of Congress, Kit’s husband Doug discovers the body of a high-ranking librarian inside a ceremonial office. In addition to a murder, there’s also a major theft to complicate the situation. The contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated have gone missing.

Kit’s political boss and the Librarian of Congress ask Kit to investigate, and she’s released into a world of intrigue populated by a frisky donor, an ambitious congressional relations specialist, a cagey rare books curator, an overly curious congressman, and a baseball-loving lawyer. Kit must solve the crime before Doug’s career is tanked by suspicion.

The case takes her to the inner bowels of the Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, the National Portrait Gallery, and the D.C. Public Library.  In the end, Kit must put her own life on the line to retrieve her most valuable possession, which goes unexpectedly missing as she hunts down the killer and thief.


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208 Pages | Publication Date 7.14.2020

Trade Paperback | 5.5” x 8”|Price: $15.95, CAD: $18.95 | ISBN-13: 978-1-60381-835-3

eBook: $5.95 | 978-1-60381-305-1


Colleen Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate, the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service, and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association and Director of the David Rubenstein Center for White House History. A member of Sisters in Crime, she lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and rescued beagle mutt Conan.

Other titles by Colleen include: Stabbing in the Senate, Homicide in the House, Calamity at the Continental Club, K Street Killing, and Gore in the Garden.


Praise for Book #5 in the Washington Whodunit Series, Gore in the Garden

“The mystery, the writing and story development is simply superb. I really enjoyed reading Gore in the Garden and I hope you will too.” The Book Decoder

 “Engaging characters, a captivating story, set in an awesome place, will have readers rapidly flipping the pages. The twists are exquisite and our protag has guts, knows how to think on her feet and doesn’t back down.” Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

 “With plenty of suspects and a few red herrings, Kit had her work cut out for her. The story was very well-written with all the sub-plots coming together nicely at the end.” Carla Loves To Read 

 “Another edge of your seat Cozy. Colleen Shogan continues in Book 5 of the series to give the reader a page-turning Cozy Murder Mystery.” My Reading Journeys

 “Altogether this is an enjoyable read with an authentic touch that comes from the author’s experience on Capitol Hill . . . It definitely is not your normal cozy mystery, more like a cozy thriller. And the final scene at a little known place in DC is creepy-suspenseful.” Here’s How It Happened


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