A murder mystery novel has become a real-life mystery for bookworm Brian Kidd.
The pensioner has mis-placed a book he borrowed from Whitby Library and is trying to locate its whereabouts before he lands a library fine and has to also pay for the cost of the book.
He loaned Deathwatch by Sally Spencer on Monday 27 February and after his trip to the library he then went to the Co-op.
Brian (76), of Mill Court, Ruswarp took the book out of his bag to put his shopping in and placed it at the front of the trolley but left the store before picking the book back up.
When he got home he realised what had happened and came straight back to town asked at the library and at the Co-op to see if it had been handed in and checked all the trolley but the book appears to be long gone.
He has put two notices up in the Co-op but they have been taken down and is now appealing for Gazette readers to help before the book is due to be returned on Monday 19 March.
Brian said: “The library has said don’t worry about it for the moment but how long they are going to wait I don’t know.
“I wonder why anybody would want to steal a library book unless they have been on a coach trip and took it back - it could be miles away by now.”