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Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery Series #1)

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    This charming cozy shows that a good mystery does not need blood and gore

    After catching her fiancé with his graduate student, Lindsey Norris ends the engagement and moves to Briar Creek to become the director of the town library. The relocation also has the benefit of her being closer to her graduate school roommate Beth Stanley who heads the children's section of the library. Beth has been dating famous children book writer and illustrator Rick Eckman for five years. When she has a chance to show her book she authored to a visiting editor, Rick says she is not good enough so should avoid embarrassing herself.

    His painful comments cause Beth to break up with Rick. She shows her work to the editor who says she has talent but also says her idea has been used before. After Beth leaves, the editor informs Lindsey that her friend plagiarized the book from Rick. Knowing that is not true, Lindsey and Beth travel to Gull Island to confront Rick. Beth enters his home alone to make it clear to Rick he will pay. Instead she screams. Rick is dead from a knife wound to his chest. Chief Daniels believes Beth killed him in a fit of rage. Lindsey knows otherwise and plans to prove her friend's innocence; starting with learning why Rick pretended to be a recluse with a different name.

    This charming cozy shows that a good mystery does not need blood and gore (Rick's is off page) to keep reader's attention. In many ways this is a cerebral whodunit as the fabulous lead librarian thinks before she acts. Fans will want to know who the perpetrator is and whether the homicide's motive involves writing. As Jenn McKinlay has done with her Cupcake Bakery mysteries, her first Library Lover's Mystery is a tasty read.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Fabulous Read

    Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite authors. When I found out she had a new series about a librarian, I couldn¿t wait to get it. I even pre-ordered it, but then life conspired against me and I wasn¿t able to read it until October. Then life continued to get in the way and I¿m just now writing my review. I feel badly about taking so long to post my review, because this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries and/or books about librarians. In fact I¿m buying a copy for my book club¿s Christmas book exchange.

    What I liked about the book: I loved everything about this book, the subject matter, the setting, the plot, the characters - Ok, I didn¿t love Ms. Cole. She is so NOTt the librarian I want to be (and please if I am, someone shoot me now.) But she is the kind of character you love to hate and she does keep Lindsey on her toes. The story is fast paced with a touch of humor and an engaging mystery. It¿s a quick and delightful read. I also liked that there are many references to other novels. That reminds me of another favorite mystery series: The Death on Demand series by Carolyn Hart.

    What I didn¿t like about the book: There wasn¿t anything about the writing that I didn¿t like. There were some characters that I didn¿t care for ¿ but I think that¿s just what McKinlay wanted us to feel. This is the first in a new series, so it¿s possible that Ms. Cole might become more lovable over time. I really didn¿t like the victim and it didn¿t bother me one bit that he died. Another reviewer commented that since he was so obnoxious they couldn¿t understand how anyone could have spent five years with him. Therefore the reviewer didn¿t find that part of the story believable. I disagree. I¿ve had plenty of friends (both male and female) that were absolutely besotted with significant others that I found to be so obnoxious I could barely stand to be around them. It happens. Love is blind. I also don¿t care too much for Chief Daniels. Yet, again, I don¿t think we are supposed to like him. He is a bumbling, somewhat bigoted, perhaps incompetent policeman. And while I know in real life most policeman are not like him, the way McKinlay has written him makes it much easier to believe that Lindsey would have to come to the rescue of her friend. After all we can¿t have an adorable children¿s librarian who dresses up as The Hungry Caterpillar railroaded into jail, can we?

    If you have book lover on your Christmas list, I highly recommend this new book as a gift. You should buy it as a gift for yourself. Be sure to check out her other books too. You can find more information on them at her website.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!

    Lindsey Norris is the new director of the Briar Creek Library. She has some fresh new ideas like a crafternoon, which combines a book club with a craft and some yummy food. The previous director Mr. Tupper, would have "never allowed such goings-on" as she was told by Ms. Cole, a long time employee of the library. Any time Lindsay tries anything new Ms. Cole takes the opportunity to throw Mr. Tupper's view into the conversation.

    Lindsey does have a wonderful staff including her best friend Beth who is the Children's Librarian. Beth has been working on her own children's book for years. She has also been dating Rick, a well-known, award winning, children's author for about 5 years, with no talk of marriage and Beth has never even been to his house. He has also berated her talent as an illustrator and author several times. The last straw occurs when a New York editor is learned to be vacationing in Briar Creek. One of Beth's friends goes so far as to make an appointment to meet with the editor and Rick does everything he can to stop that meeting. But Beth and Lindsey attend the meeting together and uncover the real reason Rick didn't want them to meet.

    Furious, Beth and Lindsay, hire a water taxi to take them to Rick's home on one of the mysterious Thumb Islands. They are going to confront him with what they have learned. They are too late, when they arrive at his home, they find him murdered. The local chief of police decides immediately that Beth is the killer without even an initial investigation. Lindsey needs to get the rest of the story before her friend ends up behind bars booked for a crime she didn't commit.


    I love everything about this book, the subject matter, the setting, the plot, the characters, even Ms. Cole, she reminds me of a few librarians in my past. The story is fast moving, enjoyable with a splash of humor, great friendships, a little crafting, and a captivating mystery. This book contains all my favorite things in one of my favorite places.

    Growing up I spent so many hours at the local library. I didn't actually work there but I loved shelving books just for fun. It was definitely my haven as my parents worked long hours and my siblings were so much older than me. I wish some of those librarians were still around. They would not be surprised that I spend my days and nights reading and telling others about the books I have read. I did that without the help of the internet as a child/teenager. I was always one to share my opinions. It seems I have found the perfect outlet for my obsession. Thank you to Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Powers, Mrs. Hein and all the other librarians the fed my need to read!!

    So, one more time. I loved this book and you should all get right out and buy it today because I said so. That would make Mrs. Lee very proud!!!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Interest grabber

    This is the first book I have read by this author. She grabbed my attention immediately and kept it to the surprise ending. I'll be back to buy more of her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    I really liked this

    I have enjoyed all of this author's books! The mysteries, humor and small town life with the deep closeness of frienddhips-I look forward to her next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Lovely Little Cozy

    I love cozy mysteries and this series by Jenn McKinlay doesn't disappoint. I read the first three books out of sequence, reading the second first, then the third, then the first. Lindsey is the new director of the Briar Creek Public library. Her best friend, Beth is the children's librarian who is accused of murdering her boyfriend. Lindsey must find the real culprit before Beth is hauled off to the slammer for murder. Ms. McKinlay keeps us guessing with a plot that has many little twists and turns. In this first books she also introduces many quirky characters who inhabit the little town, including a sour assistant librarian aptly named Ms. Lemon, a yoga practicing senior citizen, and a ruggedly handsome love interest named Sully. I also must commend Ms. McKinlay on her characterization of the editor and the illustrator. Having had some experience with these types, I can say that the way she drew these characters was spot on. I have already pre-ordered the next book in this series. I highly recommend it for a good cozy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    This is an awsome,no, amazing book!!!

    This book is what I call a cozy mystery. If you are looking for a slight mystery and a great book, this bok is for you! I love this book!!!

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Awesome!

    I love this series!

    I cannot wait for the next one in this series.

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