Library Lover’s Mystery

A Likely Story

A Likely Story (Library Lover’s Mystery #6) By: Jenn McKinlay

Plot:

Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person’s case involving two reclusive brothers.

NOT HIS BROTHER’S KEEPER

Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she’s determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother’s fate.

Review:

It’s been a while since I read a Library Lover’s Mystery and I had forgotten that there is a love triangle going on right now. Well, Lindsey knows who she loves but she’s apparently clueless that another guy really likes her. She somehow misses word usage both somewhat vague and not, for someone that’s able to spot a pregnancy before everyone else it’s really annoying.

The pace in A Likely Story felt a bit slow as well, but that could have just been my mood. The mystery was fine, though a bit cliché with the hermit brothers living on an island and affairs and long lost relatives or members of the community.

All in all it wasn’t my favorite in the series and the way it ended I’m not looking forward to the next installment.

3/5

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On Borrowed Time (Library Lover’s Mystery #5) By: Jenn McKinlay

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On Borrowed Time (Library Lover’s Mystery #5) By: Jenn McKinlay

Plot:

Loving a good cup of coffee runs in the family for Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris. But when her brother, Jack, a consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, her favorite beverage becomes a key clue in a dangerous mystery. Between preparing the library for the holidays and juggling the affections of ex-boyfriend, Captain Mike Sullivan, and her new crush, actor Robbie Vine, Lindsey has her hands full. But the mysterious disappearance of her world-traveling playboy brother takes precedence over all. Afraid that involving the police could brew trouble for Jack, Lindsey takes matters into her own hands. But as her quest for her brother embroils her in a strange case involving South American business dealings and an enigmatic and exotic woman, it’ll take the help of both her library book club—the crafternooners—and her eager-to-please suitors to keep Jack from ending up in hot water…

Review:

I’m well on my way to being a Jenn McKinlay superfan. I own ebook and paperback copies, though, I do still check out some from the library.

This book didn’t move Lindsey’s relationships forward as much as I wanted, still hasn’t gotten back with Sully. She was actually a bit stupid in this one, which is one of the things I’ve always liked about McKinlay’s books, the heroines aren’t stupid. Her plan at the end and the way she acted wasn’t the normal smart Lindsey. Of course her brother was involved and people don’t always think clearly when family is involved.

This book was kind of filler character and relationship wise. The mystery was fairly predictable but fine. Overall not my favorite in the series.

3.5/5

Book, Line and Sinker

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Book, Line and Sinker (Library Lover’s Mystery #3) By: Jenn McKinlay

Plot:

“Avast” in pirate speak means what? or stop! Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides plenty of excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. But when a shocking murder is committed in her cozy coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, the question of who did it must be answered before an innocent man gets the book thrown at him… Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club, and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.    In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect. To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for good….

Review:

Still loving this series. There was a bit more relationship drama in this one, which I liked. The ex fiancé shows up, which is always interesting when that happens. Lindsey was a lot nicer than I would have been, however, I believe that’s probably par for the course. She’s a fairly nice person but she doesn’t let anyone walk all over her, which I love.

Basically if you find yourself in a Jenn McKinlay book and you’re the bitch/asshole more than likely you’re the one that’s going to die. It’s like wish fulfillment. It helps that those people tend to have more people willing to kill them so there are several suspects, but mainly it’s nice to see them get what’s coming to them.

Can you tell I’m a bit blood thirsty?

5/5

 

Side Note: I’m kind of freaking out because my library doesn’t have the next in the series. I’d love to buy it but no money. I have figured out that the library system where I use to live has it, so I’m probably going to put it on hold and then drive half an hour to get it then half an hour back and the I’ll have to take it back. I’m not sure why it’s cheaper to use the gas than buy the book. OMG I think I found a loop hole.

Due or Die

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Due or Die (Library Lover’s Mystery #2) By: Jenn McKinlay

Plot:

Answering tricky reference questions is excitement enough for library director Lindsey Norris. Until a murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out–for good.

Review:

Jenn McKinlay is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I’ve only read three of her books though so it might be a bit premature. I’m actually really sad that I have no money and I’ve been having to check her books out from the library. Not just because the library doesn’t have all of them but because I really want to support her by buying them. I’ve added them to a list of books to purchase when I do have funds.

Anyway, this book is filled with things I love. I love libraries, I love small towns, I love large quiet men that are dreamy. I mean seriously it’s like this book was made for me.

The main character, Lindsey, isn’t ditzy or always getting herself into bad situations. She’s a smart career woman that is kind but doesn’t put up with crap from people. She’s not perfect but she’s not so flawed that she seems hopeless.

Can’t wait to read the next one and then the one after that and then the one after that. I love it when I discover authors that have lots of books for me to read before I catch up to them.

5/5

Books Can Be Deceiving

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Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover’s Mystery #1) By: Jenn McKinlay

Plot:

Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey’s friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children’s book, but Beth’s boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he’s found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

Review:

So happy I found this series. I really liked the first book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series but unfortunately I have no money and the local library doesn’t have the next book in the series. They did, however, have this book, the first in a new series.

It’s about a librarian, which is awesome, she’s smart and lives in a small coastal town, which is also awesome, and she just happens to solve mysteries. Well I’m not sure I would go so far as to say solve, she pursues an answer until she gets in the murders way and has to be killed. She keeps her wits about her, though, and wins.

Already reading the next in the series and loving them.

5/5