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

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

by Jenn McKinlay

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ISBN-13: 9780425242186
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Library Lover's Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 52,436
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The hardest decision New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay ever had to make was what to major in during college. Then she discovered the sanctuary of the library and library science—a major that allowed her to study all the subjects. She loves working as a librarian. After all, what other occupation allows you to research the ethnobotanical properties of agave, perform a puppet show for twenty wiggly toddlers and try to answer why the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky, all in the same day? Jenn is also the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, the Hat Shop Mysteries and the Bluff Point romance series. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a house that is overrun with books, pets, kids and her husband’s guitars.

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Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 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
Carstairs38 4 months ago
Lindsey Norris is settling into her new life as the director of the public library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. One of her many joys is working alongside her best friend Beth Stanley, the children's librarian. Unfortunately, Lindsey has never warmed to Beth's boyfriend Rick Eckman, and spending more time with him doesn't change that at all. So, Lindsey isn't upset when the two break up. However, Beth gets some surprising news about Rick the next day just before she finds his body. It's obvious that Rick has been killed. With the police certain that Beth is guilty, Lindsey springs into action to clear her best friend. Can she do it? I'm finally getting around to starting this series, but I've loved the other books from Jenn McKinlay I've read. I pretty much knew what to expect here, and I was right. We get a fantastic cast of characters that I already can't wait to spend more time with. The setting, both the library and the town, are charming as well. I'd move to this town is it weren't for the murder rate (and the fact that it's fictional). There is a bit of series set up that slows things down at the beginning, but the mystery is very strong once it gets started. I was surprised by some of the twists along the way. I also laughed several times along the way, and part of the climax made me want to cheer.
cyderry on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Being someone who visits her local library so frequently that they know my name, this book hit home for me almost immediately. The characters are very true-to-life. They're not all likeable and they're not all funny or smart, but mostly they're heartwarming and friendly.The story also seemed on the most part realistic. We all would fear something bad happening in our personal environment and then being erroneously blamed for it simply because we would be the most likely culprit. I would hope if that happened to me, I would have a friend like Lindsey Norris who, when her friend Beth appears to be the murderer, sets out to find the real killer to clear her friend's name.The backdrop the library also makes this story warm and cozy. How many of us head home to a quiet evening and a good book when we're stressed. That's exactly how the characters in the Briar Creek behave. The crafternoon club brings the comfort of a good book, a ladies group, and fun crafts together at the library so that the setting is not just a place for books but also friendships.I really liked this book and will have to keep an eye out for the next one.
scoutlee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's About: Lindsey Norris is the newest resident of Briar Creek. She is the director of the Briar Creek Public Library. After experiencing several personal setbacks, Lindsey finally believes she has found her new home.When Sydney Carlisle, a hot-shot New York editor, comes to town for a quiet getaway, Beth Stanley, Lindsey's best friend, is excited to meet her. Beth has aspirations of becoming a published children's author. Her boyfriend, Rick, considers her work to amateurish and she doesn't think she has a chance to be published.When Rick is found murdered, Beth is the police's number one suspect. Can Lindsey find the killer's identity before Beth is arrested?Thoughts: First, how cute is this cover? The library is so inviting; I just want to go inside and browse the shelves! Which is the main reason I was looking forward to starting this series. A cozy series that takes place in the library! As I library lover, this is right up my alley.In Books Can Be Deceiving, McKinlay takes her time setting up the murder. This doesn't mean it's a slow-moving plot. Quite the opposite. I actually preferred this because it allowed me to get to know the characters. The scenes are written so vividly, I had no problem picturing the library, which in a way is another character in the book.Lindsey, Beth and the supporting characters make this cozy a delightful read. There's a hint of romance for Lindsey, which I am glad the author didn't rush into in the first book. The mystery is light, with several twists as Lindsey finds each clue that eventually leads her to the killer's identity.Lasting impression: Books Can Be Deceiving is book and library lover's wish for a cozy series. It's off to a good start and I cannot wait to read the second book, Due or Die. Luckily for me I have a copy sitting on my bookshelves.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 5 months 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.
strogan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
(Received via Member Giveaways)Ms. McKinlay is a new to me author and I liked the fact that I started reading her books with what is the first in a series.I liked the different elements that were brought together in the book - the murder, small town, small town library, and how things worked out - and the reasons behind them.In spite of the murder/mystery elements in the book, I thought it was a sweet book. Part of it may stem from having been a volunteer in a small town library for a number of years and being able to "relive" a little bit of those years through the characters.I enjoyed reading Books Can Be Deceiving and look forward to reading more of Ms. McKinlay's books.
cfk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A fun read! A couple of characters are a bit cliched and the Library Director has an awful lot more free time than I ever saw in our county branches. Still, a good read with a perfect twist at the end.
bookappeal on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Standard American contemporary cozy with appropriate details about working in a public library.
cathyskye on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First Line: "Oh, I just love that Maxim de Winter," Violet La Rue said, her knitting needles clacking together as if to emphasize her words.Lindsey Norris has found a job she loves-- being the director of the Briar Creek Public Library-- in a town she's come to love, and she has to admit that her apartment is great and she's making lots of friends. Everything is just peachy, even if her co-worker (AKA "The Lemon") is determined to put a sour note or three in Lindsey's cheery song.That changes when a New York editor shows up in town for some R&R. Lindsey's friend Beth has been working for years on a children's book, and she's finally persuaded to show her work to the editor. Beth's boyfriend, already a famous author, gets in the way, and when Beth goes to confront him, she finds his body and becomes the prime suspect in his murder. The local sheriff is convinced of Beth's guilt, so Lindsey has to work fast to prove her friend's innocence.Sometimes I wish we could call a moratorium on big-bellied, stupid, belligerent sheriffs, but there must be enough of them in real life that I wouldn't be able to pull it off. Yes, there is one in this book, but-- thank heavens-- the state sends in a detective to keep the idiot in line.The setting in a small town by the sea in Connecticut is very well done, and I definitely wouldn't mind going there for a visit. As befits all the best cozies, the cast is what reigns supreme in this book. Lindsey and her circle of friends drew me right in, and even the old sour puss, Ms. Cole, had me keeping my eye on her. There's also a handsome hunk of man that knows his way around a boat, and he's not about to repel all boarders when Lindsey's around.About the only thing that bothered me in this book was the fact that I didn't really get to deduce whodunit because, by the time Lindsey and her friends started checking into the victim's background, it was close to the end and all the characters really weren't on the scorecard yet. Be that as it may, I still found this an enjoyable book filled with characters that I want to read about again. My favorite line? "Nobody threatens my library."
Scootershoney on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great book! I'm glad it's going to be a series because the characters and the setting are very likeable. Briar Creek sounds like a wonderful place to live.
bgknighton on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An excellent book! Great first book for this series! It left me wanting more. The characters are well thought out, the setting is interesting and pleasant, all in all a place I would like to visit more. This is a nice cozy, with a little bit of a twist at the end. She has set up a possible romantic conflict with new and old love interests. It really did leave me wishing I could take a vacation in her town....
ethel55 on LibraryThing 5 months 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.
patti_christell on LibraryThing 5 months ago
What a great way for a middle school language arts teacher to start the summer! Yesterday morning I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy when I closed the cover of Mockingjay. Then, while reading Books Can Be Deceiving, Lindsay asked one of the young girls working at the bakery if she had finished the trilogy. I had to laugh. I actually wanted to ask the character how she liked the ending! This was a fast read, a clever premise - identifying the characters in the village by the books they check out of the library - quirky, small-town, beachy, rock-solid characters with believable highs and lows of real life. I read well into the night, and finished this morning. I felt 10 again with a new Nancy Drew mystery in my excited hands. And like that same 10-year-old, I hated to see the last page of the book. Thank goodness series continue to be popular for authors. As an aside, for one who has at least three picture books that could be sent in for probably rejection, I certainly did identify with Beth.Hmmm....I wonder why I am thinking about cupcakes at 7:30 in the am.
Jessiqa on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the first book in a cozy mystery series taking place in a small town in Connecticut. The main character is the head librarian. As a librarian myself, I'm drawn to this sort of thing so it was only natural that I read a book from the Library Lover's Mystery series. I pretty much immediately fell in love with the town and the characters. I loved the bit where Lindsay and Beth tell Professor Cushion about a patron who came into the library wearing everything but his pants. He then responds with, "I had no idea that libraries were so rich with characters." At this point, I nodded to myself and said, 'So true, so true.'As for the mystery side of things, I guessed a few bits but was surprised by others. In other words, this was not a predictable story at all. It was fun and totally enjoyable. I look forward to others in the series. I had only one issue, and it was more of an editing/language problem than anything else: When Lindsey and Beth are talking to Eloise, they realize they need to tell their story before they'll get any information out of her, so "Beth gave an annotated version." I'm sure the author meant "abridged," not "annotated," but that's just something that slipped by both her and her editor. No biggie.As I said, this book is loaded with characters I wanted to hang out with and had me smiling to myself quite a lot. It's charming and fun and I totally recommend it.
GratefulGrandma 8 months ago
This is a series that I have wanted to read for awhile. After all the comments about how good this series is, and having read and enjoyed many other books by Jenn McKinlay, I decided I needed to give it a try. I did enjoy this story, but not as much as I had anticipated. Lindsey Norris has been hires as the director of the Briar Creek Library in Briar Creek CT. Her best friend Beth works with her as the children's librarian. There are several other employees, but I must mentions Ms. Cole, who is called "The Lemon" behind her back. Lindsey is settling in well, making some long overdue changes to the library and getting the Library Board's vote of confidence. All seems well, until Beth and her boyfriend of five years, Rick break up. When Beth finds out that the children's book she has been writing has been plagarized, she is ready to go and give Rick a piece of her mind. When Lindsey, Beth and Captain Sulley show up on the private island, they find Rick in no condition to listen to anything Beth has to say. With the breakup and plagarism, Beth becomes the main suspect, in fact, the only suspect as far as the sheriff is concerned. This was a great cast of characters, including several townspeople, the library workers and the ladies who participate in "Crafternoon" that made the story interesting. The small town feel with the gossip mill that I love in cozies, was in full swing. Milton, the 80 something year old yoga expert was such a nice guy! He was the chair of the library board and when things got a bit sticky, I loved how he stood up for his staff. There is a rather nosy reporter who I would have liked to kick out of town, but again, it made the book interesting. There were not a lot of clues, so it is the questioning and nosiness that eventually reveal the culprit. I had a suspicion of who the killer was, and I was correct, but there was quite a twist at the end of the story that I was not expecting. A good cozy story that is a good introduction to this series and to Briar Creek. I am definitely going to read more in this series.
ryanphoffmann88 More than 1 year ago
This a the first book in a cozy series featuring a librarian as the amateur detective. Lindsey Norris takes a job in a the tiny New England village of Briar Creeks, as the public libraries newest and youngest director. under the disproval of the head librarian, Mrs. Cole, Lindsey decides to make some appropriate changes to the library introducing the libraries first books and craft club. Lindsey's friend, Beth Stanley, is working on a children's mystery book and decides to meet with an editor for a children's book publisher. she is also the head of the children's area at the library. Beth finds out her ex-boyfriend is a lair and a cheat, not a well know children's author he appears. Lindsey and Beth go to comfort him and find him dead and Beth becomes the prime suspect. This is a great start to a cozy mystery series and I enjoyed to read it. the small village of Briar Creek is some charming and the citizens of the towns are what you'd expect. the police chief is a little quick to convict and a little small minded when it comes to the investigation. It makes good reason for Lindsey and Beth to go around and conduct there investigation into who really killed Beth's ex boyfriend
BettyWeb More than 1 year ago
I tripped over this series trying to find something light and entertaining to read and wasn't disappointed. I'm on book four and thoroughly enjoying the engaging characters and story line. I recommend this series to anyone who likes an easy, quick and enjoyable read.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
So I been wanting to read this for a while. Well, I been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately. How could I not read this? You got a mystery, books and librarians. For the first half for me its a 3 and the second half is a 4. Mostly because I was kind of liking this the more I read it. The characters I wasn't sure about but I grew to like them. And yes I do want to read other books. Good start to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago