A Mysterious Mix Up

A Mysterious Mix Up

by J.C. Kenney


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Murder hits the stacks when literary agent Allie Cobb investigates a fatality in the local library...

Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference armed with hugs for her cat and her boyfriend, and dreams of a long, hot bath. She's also getting ready to take the plunge by hiring an intern for her expanding literary agency. But it's one for the books when Allie finds the town's librarian-and her longtime role model-seconds away from death on the library floor.

Who would want to poison Vicky Napier-one of Rushing Creek's most beloved citizens-on the eve of her retirement? But it seems there were toxic people in her life, like the handyman with an obsessive crush, and a wood carver with a hair-trigger temper. The list of suspects includes Allie's boyfriend, Brent, who's in the running to take over as town librarian. Avenging her friend's murder could be a trap as she goes up against a killer determined to write Allie's epitaph . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781516108619
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Allie Cobb Mystery , #3
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 398,517
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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A Mysterious Mix Up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MCM917 5 days ago
This is the 3rd installment in the Allie Cobb mystery series and does stand well alone although I have read the previous two books. Allie is just returning from a conference in New York and is excited to return home to Indiana and home to her cat Ursi and her boyfriend Brent and his dog Sammy. When Allie returns he mentions that Allie’s beloved librarian Vicky Napier is planning to retire and recommend Brent as her replacement. She is devastated as Vicky was a role model of hers growing up although she is happy about Brent getting a position in town which would really help their relationship as Brent is currently in and out of town as he is installing genealogy software all over the state of Indiana. Allie decides to go to the library the next morning to congratulate Vicky and instead finds her dead in the breakroom with Porter (handyman and crushing on Vicky)standing over her body. Porter is a prime suspect as is Brent as he would benefit from her death (although I found this a little weak as he knew she was retiring). Brent and Allie both help out at the library and Allie tries to stay out of the way of the investigation but that does not work too well. I found the book a little slow in parts with the ending being very exciting and tragic. I love Allie’s support crew and Sloane’s advice of letting go of the anger and to have forgiveness was a nice touch. Will be interesting to see how Allie’s new intern Calypso plays into future mysteries. Good mystery and recommend.
chefdt 10 days ago
A Mysterious Mix Up is the third book in the An Allie Cobb Mystery series. Allie has just returned from a conference in New York City and the first thing that he shares with her is that the Rushing Creek Librarian, Vicky Napier, is retiring and moving to Florida. Napier had been the librarian since Allie started to read and was someone she looked to and who was largely responsible for Allie’s love of books. The next morning Allie and Brent head over to the library with some cookies she had baked the night before. When they arrive the library has yet to open and the only cars in lot belong to Vicky and custodian, Porter. When they enter the library, no one is to be found. They head for the break room and find Porter kneeling over the body of Vicky. Once tests have been completed, it is determined that Vicky had been poisoned. Allie is now on a mission to help her ex-brother-in-law and police chief, Matt to find the killer. First, she needs to get Brent removed from any suspicion and then check out two prime suspects, Porter and Vicky’s ex-husband, among other suspects. I always enjoy my visits to Rushing Creek, as I have come to enjoy well-written and plotted stories with a very interesting cast of characters. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing till the end. I will be watching for the next book in this interesting series.
Christy41970 12 days ago
The Allie Cobb Mystery series is a new one for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed getting to know Allie and her friends in A Mysterious Mix Up. If you’re a reader like I am, I’m sure you spent much of your childhood (and adulthood!) in the library. How would you feel if you found your favorite librarian almost dead in her office? And you got there too late to save her? You’ve already solved two murders, why not solve this one too? Yep, that’s what Allie thinks too. Allie follows the clues, but are they the right clues? The red herrings may throw you off the scent, but in the end, you may be able to figure out who the real killer is as well as the whys and hows. A Mysterious Mix Up is a quick and easy cozy mystery to read. I had no problem with it as a stand alone, but if you want to read about the other two murders that Allie solved without spoilers, you’ll want to start with book one. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy. This did not influence my opinion.
Anonymous 17 days ago
When literary agent Allie Cobb's hero, the longtime town librarian, is murdered, Allie decides to investigate. I enjoyed the lit agent angle. The background was interesting, and the flexibility worked well for avoiding the question of why the amateur sleuth has time to investigate. I also appreciated that Allie could generally see when she did something unsafe, and although she made mistakes she attempted to be careful- women can be brave and smart. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own. #cozymystery #AMysteriousMixUp
KiahJT 18 days ago
3 stars I feel conflicted by this book, The Mysterious Mixup by J.C. Kenney. I have loved the past few books in this series, this one not so much. This book felt contrived and forced through most of it. The last two chapters were the best part of the whole book. Allie Cobb, the main character of the series just came across as cocky. I don't know if I didn't notice it in the other books in this series but I barely could get past it. I was sure boyfriend Brent did it. She protested way too much that he couldn't possibly have murdered anyone and then his story-line disappeared until the last chapter. I do enjoy her unusual pet and the closeness she has with her family and friends. I adore the person she ended up hiring for the internship. This is a decent book that I think many cozy mystery lovers will enjoy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.
TheCozyReview 18 days ago
New from Lyrical Press is the 3rd installment in the literary series, “An Allie Cobb Mystery,” and possibly the best one yet, A Mysterious Mix Up. Allie is always getting herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Sometimes she is also the main suspect. In this literary series, amateur sleuth and literary agent Allie Cobb is once again skirting danger and worrying her friends and family. For the most part, Allie is a very likable character, as are all of the repeating individuals throughout this series, but she has a nasty habit of getting herself involved and hurt as a result of her inability to let the police do their job. Great if you are a suspect, not so great if you are her boyfriend, mother, or other friends and family members. This time Allie’s childhood hero, the local librarian, is murdered for no apparent reason. She vows to get justice. The suspects are few, and the motives are a bit thin in this third book in this literary series. Unfortunately, I was able to figure out who the guilty party was almost from the first chapter. But other readers may not catch on to who the killer is until midway through the book. That said, the fact that I figured out who killed Allie’s hero immediately did not detract from the great storytelling or the enjoyment of the read. From start to finish, A Mysterious Mix Up is a fast-paced, easy read. The characters are delightful, and the victim sympathetic. The relationships between Allie, her boyfriend, and her family members are becoming stronger, and readers will love having Brent, Allie’s boyfriend, around a lot more. This is one of my favorite literary series,’ and I am happy to recommend this book along with the other two for readers who like quick reads and characters with oodles of personality.
BobbieLCLA 20 days ago
I received a free copy of A MYSTERIOUS MIX UP (Book 3 of the Allie Cobb Mysteries) by J.C. Kenney in exchange for an honest review. Life is going well for Allie Cobb; she has a devoted boyfriend, a loving cat, and a flourishing publishing business. Allie is disappointed and saddened finds out that her long-time role model and personal hero Vicky Napier has abruptly decided to retire from her position as head librarian and is rushing to sell her house and move to Florida. However, Allie quickly decides to be happy for her friend and celebrate her retirement. When Allie shows up early to the library to surprise her Ms. Napier with some sweet treats, Allie discovers Ms. Napier has retired even earlier than expected; someone has murdered her. Though the evidence seems to weigh heavily towards the guilt of one individual, something bothers Allie about that scenario. Determined to avenge her friend, Allie embarks on a mission to find the real killer. I enjoyed this book and like the series. I recommend this book to fans of J.C. Kenney, to fans of the series, and to those who enjoy cozy mysteries featuring small town life, books, and libraries. #AMysteriousMixUp #NetGalley
lynguy1 20 days ago
A MYSTERIOUS MIX UP by J.C. Kenney is the third book in Allie Cobb cozy mystery series. The novel takes place in Indiana. It worked as a stand-alone novel for me, but I believe reading the previous books would likely add to a reader’s enjoyment of the novel. I rated this one 3.5 stars and rounded up to 4 stars. In this story, Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference and is looking forward to time with her cat Ursula (Ursi), her boyfriend Brent and his dog Sammy. Brent managers the installation of genealogy departments in libraries around the state and volunteers at the local library as well. The librarian, Vicky Napier, has been Allie’s mentor since she was in school. Allie and Brent find Vicky almost dead on the library floor. Who would want to kill her when she is ready for retirement? Allie feels she has to find the culprit, especially when Brent is on the police suspect list. While trying to solve the case, she is also looking for an intern to help her in her literary agency and finds time to visit friends and family. The writing is appealing and entertaining. Allie feels three-dimensional and has clear goals with believable motivations. The secondary characters were well-rounded and enhanced the story. There are several red herrings, but I did determine the real culprit ahead of the book reveal. Several themes are explored in this book including murder, the difficulties of running a small business, small town dynamics, friendship, family, and much more. I enjoyed this well-written novel and recommend this series to those that enjoy cozy mysteries that include small towns and pets. This is the first novel that I have read by this author, and I look forward to reading the other books in this series. Thanks to Kensington Books / Lyrical Underground and J.C. Kenney for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
AMGiacomasso 20 days ago
I love this series and I loved this instalment that I read as fast as I could. It was great to meet again the likeable and fleshed out cast of characters and I was happy for the developments in their life. Ursi is becoming one of my favourite cozy mystery pets. The setting is lovely and I always think I'd like to spend my holidays there. The mystery was solid, full of twists and turns, and the solution came as a surprise. I think this is an excellent series and can't wait to read the next instalment. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.