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

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

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by Jenn McKinlay

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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


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.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Library Lover's Mystery Series , #1
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Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
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.
nkell More than 1 year ago
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.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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."
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the debut foray into the Briar Creek library system, its' cool "crafternoon" club and observant librarian Lindsey Norris. When an award winning author is killed right in small Briar Creek, Connecticut, Lindsey wastes no time in trying to get to the bottom of this local mystery. I thought McKinlay has done a wonderful job once again with the secondary characters that make up this story and town, espeically yoga-loving Milton, best friend Beth and boat captain Sully. I look forward to reading more about all of them in the next book, Due or Die.
suzatm07 More than 1 year ago
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!
Ashley Garvan More than 1 year ago
Love this series. As someone who has worked in a library this book made me laugh. Must read for anyone who loves cozy mysteries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and would have bought two more in this series,
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Good set up for A Library Lover's Mystery series. There is a cast of a thousand here but she does excellent world building for her series. We are introduced to the townspeople of Briar Creek, CT and learn the relationships. We get the past of some but it is not detailed. I liked these characters and am planning to read other books in the series (I've already got them.) I like Lindsey. I'll have to see where romance may lie for her. I also like her friends. This time Beth, a college friend and the children's librarian in Briar Creek, is the only suspect in the murder of awarding winning author Rick Eckman. Lindsey knows that Chief Daniels is not planning on looking beyond Beth so she knows she has to help. I did figure out who the murderer was but not the why. I liked how the mystery played out. Good start for the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
arosebyanyothername More than 1 year ago
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.
Hyzenthlay More than 1 year ago
Wow! I just finished reading this delight! This is my second series to start of Ms. McKinlay's. It is my favorite so far. I can't wait to start the second book - the characters are fantastic and the story enthralling. I was excited throughout the whole book. The setting is wonderful - I love all the references to the town and the library. THANKS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a solid cozy mystery. The characters seem interesting, the plot was good, and it kept me interested. I hesitated buying this, because I first read, and did not like at all, the first 2 books in this author's "Cupcake Bakery Mystery" series. I'm glad I took a chance on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time to read this aurhor and i enjoyed it She isn't hard to read and although somewhat descriptive I loved the humor and was never bored
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series very much. It's sort of like going home again each time you open the book.
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DeborahMO More than 1 year ago
This book was very entertaining. It was the first time I read anything by Jenn McKinlay, but I do plan to read the other books in her Library Lover's Mystery Series.
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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
This is a great new series! I'm a little behind on my reading..."Due or Die" is already out in stores. Will be going to pick that one up too! Good main character, good cozy story, like the idea of "crafternoon" ladies that get together in the library to discuss a book and learn/work a craft such as knitting (great idea).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!