Bury Me Not in the Loan Libree
The old mining town of Murphy's Book sits over an old silver mine now abandoned. In addition to a bank, a laundry, and a stable for resident and visiting horses, the town has three saloons: the Lloyd Fitzgerald, the Ella Fitzgerald, and the Edmund Fitzgerald, each run by a librarian.
The three saloon-libraries are run by three librarians, and each has a coterie of elderly men worried about their pensions - stable hands, a banker, bartenders - who come each night for food, hooch, and company. Since most can't read, they often go quietly upstairs with a young lady who reads to them for the rest of the evening.
Rumors suggest that the mine under the town still contains silver and gold. Winter is coming (in August), and the three librarians are working hard to improve the character of the whiskey before the beer runs out. As winter draws in, the town takes in three visitors: a woman who sells miniature books of almost every description, and two writers from The Bunk House 200 miles to the east.
The three visitors decided to stay in Murphy's Book for the winter instead of attempting to go any farther east. But someone thinks there is still silver in that mine under the town, and winter is a great time to pack people into houses and then blow the whole thing up.
What can possibly go wrong?
Bury Me Not in the Loan Libree is the first book in the Westerns series. It consists of 240 pages, written and illustrated by Patricia Caernarven-Smith. It has overall dimensions of 76 x 76 x 16 mm (3 x 3 x 5/8 inches). It is an open edition, priced at $40 per copy including postage world-wide.