Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery Series #8)

Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery Series #8)

by Jenn McKinlay


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ISBN-13: 9780399583759
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: Library Lover's Mystery Series , #8
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 581,626
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.98(d)

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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Death in the Stacks 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Jenn McKinlay’s wonderful series continues as the Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser is about to take place in Briar Creek. That is if the new library board president, Olive Boyle doesn’t screw everything up. She is a cantankerous woman that makes Ms. Cole (lemon) look like a real peach. Olive Boyle has all kinds of plans for the library including uniforms and getting rid of Lindsey and Paula. She also makes some last minute decisions regarding the fundraiser dinner, but luckily Lindsey is able to get everything back on track. The big night arrives and so does Olive Boyle along with her friends. She tries to steal the limelight by trashing Lindsey until the plug to the mic is pulled. The event goes on as planned but at the end of the night the board president is missing and when she is found, she has been stabbed to death in the stacks with Paula by her side. She claims she didn’t do it and Lindsey believes her, but she is their prime suspect. Lindsey soon learns Olive has plenty of enemies even among her friends. She vows to stay out of the case but with the evidence pointing to Paula her staff begs her to solve the case before their friend is sentenced to life at prison library. Each addition to the Jenn McKinlay shelf at the library makes me happy. This installment has all of my favorite characters working together to find out who killed the woman no one in town really liked. All these characters continue to evolve and grow and by the end one of them startles them all by taking a giant step. The author also integrates the characters from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and her Hat Shop Mysteries as they first show up as guests at the dinner and then drop in at the library. It was fun seeing all the characters in one place. Ms. McKinley has written another extraordinary mystery. She sets a quick pace and leads readers down a tightly woven path. All this while dropping actual books and authors into the story line with Lindsey making book recommendations or checking books out or putting them back on the shelf. The suspect pool is large and eliminating people from the list isn’t easy. Each twist bring new possibilities but we are kept guessing right up until the end. I was engaged by the characters and entertained by the entire story. I always enjoy my trips to Briar Creek and can’t wait to return next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about "the gangs all here", loved that all of Jenn's people were in this story.
mkdmom More than 1 year ago
This book was such a treat for Jenn McKinlay's fans! Characters from her other two cozy series make cameo appearances in this book. The cameos are written into the story in a very believable fashion and were a fun way to incorporate her other series...especially since one has now ended. It was a great way to see what those characters were up to. The Library Lover's series is my favorite of all the can you not love a series with a librarian as the sleuth? The characters are well written and the mystery usually has me puzzling alongside Lindsey until the end. Reading this book was like catching up with old friends. Hope to see the Cupcake Bakers and the London Hat Shop girls visit Briar Creek again! Received an ARC from First to Read for an honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
My idea of the perfect library is one stocked with all cozy mysteries! And of course that would mean an entire Jenn McKinlay section. Each book in this series just gets better and better! And this holds true with DEATH IN THE STACKS. Over the course of the eight books in the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the town of Briar Creek, and all of its wonderful, endearing characters have grown to become among my favorites in the cozy mystery world. DEATH IN THE STACKS was another well plotted mystery that moved at a brisk pace. Even in the quiet moments of the book I could tell something exciting was waiting to happen on the next page. And as always with a Jenn McKinlay book, there were parts where I laughed out loud, and even a part that had me close to tears. The victim in this tale being such a disagreeable person, there were plenty of people who would have liked to finish her off. I think protagonist Lindsey Norris would have been happy to sit out this investigation, but she couldn’t since one of her friends was a suspect. With twists and turns popping up all over, I never had it narrowed to one person. When I read who the killer was, and why they did it . . . well, I never would have guessed it! I was thrilled to see that Jenn McKinlay incorporated characters from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, and her Hat Shop Mysteries. The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series is one I anxiously wait for every year. To see all of those fantastic characters interact was so much fun! An excellent mystery, fun moments, a craft, and recipes? DEATH IN THE STACKS has a little of something for everyone!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well that was pretty good. I mean all the books in the series are good but I think this one's my new favorite. Got intense near the end. Also I like that we had crossovers with characters from the Cupcake and Hat Shop series so that was nice. The mystery was interesting too. Love this series and characters.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Death In The Stacks is the eighth book in the A Library Lovers Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is looking forward to having a successful Death in the Stacks fundraiser for the library. As she is putting the final touches on the event planning she is also being bullied by Olive Boyle, the library board president. She has threatened to have Lindsey replaced for various unfounded reasons, one of which was the recent hiring of Paula Turner. Boyle claimed she had a violent nature that should have prevented from working at the library. After a record amount of money raised and the event is winding down, three of Boyle’s friends come looking for her. No one has seen her for a while and a search of the library is begun. Lindsey soon finds Boyle’s body between some bookshelf units and Paula is standing there holding the knife that killed her. Lindsey believes Paula’s story that she was hiding from Boyle, hoping to avoid any interaction with her and happened to come upon her body. Lindsey has sworn off doing any sleuthing, but soon Robbie Vine, who has helped her in the past with her sleuthing convinces her that they need to get involved. They soon learn that Lindsey isn’t the only one who has incurred bulling at the hands of Boyle so that there are several suspects to consider. Most all of the regular characters are back with this well-plotted and told story. Once again Robby provides the reader with chuckles throughout the book. What I particularly enjoyed was that Ms. McKinlay brought the characters from the Mad Hatter shop in London and the Fairy Tale Cupcake Bakery crew from Arizona. Of course, the folks from the Mad Hatter had to one-up each other with their puns. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this enjoyable series.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Norris and her library staff are busy getting ready for the annual Dinner In The Stacks fund raiser. The new library board president, Olive Boyle is doing everything she can to upset the entire staff with her ides of how she thinks the library and fund raiser should be run. She even goes so far as to try to embarrass Lindsey and Paula, one of the library staff in a speech at the fund raiser. When Olive is later found murdered, Lindsey must break her promise of not investigating to help clear her employee's name. This was a fast paced read. I always enjoy Jenn McKinlay's cozy mysteries and this one was no exception. The characters have become like friends over the years and I am always on the edge of my seat when they get into dangerous situations. I laugh and I cry with them. This book has it all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would of liked Sully in it more. I would have loved them getting the house arranged and Heathcliff getting settled. Just more of them. The mystery was very good right up to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice twist I did not guess who the murderer was she did a good job of making different characters seem guilty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good mystery in the series. Fast moving. Keeps you guessing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I enjoy all the Library Lover’s series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trust anything Jenn McKinlay writes to be fun!