Due or Die (Library Lover's Mystery Series #2)

Due or Die (Library Lover's Mystery Series #2)

by Jenn McKinlay

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ISBN-13: 9780425246689
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Library Lover's Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 88,119
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(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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Due or Die 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
Carrie Rushton, the newly elected president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband but Library Director Lindsay Norris and their circle of mutual friends from the Briar Creek Crafternoon Club don't believe it. Lindsay sets out to prove Carrie's innocence and find the real killer. To complicate things, a nor'easter hits Briar Creek, Connecticut and buries the town in snow, leaving Lindsay vulnerable to the real killer while local police are distracted by the storm. This is the second book in the Library Lovers series so the budding romance between Lindsay and Mike Sullivan, known as Sully, continues. Readers are also introduced to Lindsay's new puppy, Heathcliff, who was abandoned in the library dropbox, adding an endearing storyline to the series. I do enjoy this series. The characters are likeable (except for the sour Ms. Cole who works at the library) and believable and the author does a good job keeping the story interesting with a nice balance of suspense, romance, and daily life. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
A Fabulous Mystery I love this series. Knowing that her friend is incapable of murdering her husband, Lindsey starts an investigation into who really wanted this man dead. I really enjoy a mystery that keeps me guessing and first when the killer is revealed and then the motive, I'm like wow...that I didn't see coming and that is what this delightful book did in taking me on a wonderful journey that I could not put down. The mystery was great, but what I most adore is the relationship and interaction Lindsey has with her friends that brings this character-driven tale to life. This was a fabulously charming read and I can’t wait for the third book in this entertaining series.
Annie10 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I love the ladies and the crafter group and they way they help each other. One of the ladies is running for president of the library group and her husband is found dead. The police believe she did it. The group of ladies help her prove she did not. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys light mystery readings.
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I had a hard time putting this book down, just like the first one in the series. She does a terrific job of creating a world I would want to live in. The characters are fleshed out and real. I love the addition of Heathcliff! This series is sweet, funny and like drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire place on a cold night...just ahhh. I love it when Lindsey suddenly just speaks her mind, just like a real person will do - catching you off guard and surprising a laugh out of you or a loud laughing YES! Please write faster Mrs. McKinlay.
Carstairs38 2 days ago
Carrie Rushton has just been elected president of the Friends of the Library. Even though Lindsay Norris isn't a member of the group since she's the head of the library itself, she is thrilled to be working with someone bringing fresh ideas and perspectives. However, after Carrie's first meeting in her new role, she returns home to find her husband shot to death. People are quick to jump to the conclusion that Carrie is guilty, but Lindsay is sure the woman is innocent. Will a winter storm coming to the area turn the trail of the real killer cold? While I still don't have all the supporting characters straight in my head, the characters important to this mystery are all well developed. That includes not only the suspects, but the main characters. Thanks to a couple of sub-plots, I found the pacing uneven, although things did pick up for the climax. Things do fit together well, but there is a major timing issue in the climax. It annoys, but it is minor overall. While I always enjoy Jenn's books, I found this one super funny, laughing out loud multiple times over the course of the story. I'm already looking forward to my next stop at this library.
scoutlee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's election time for the Friends of the Library. The current president, Bill Sint is angry with Carrie Rushton for running against him. When Carrie wins the election, not all members are thrilled.Now that she's President-Elect, Carrie is busier than ever. Unfortunately her husband Markus is of no help. When Markus is found murdered inside their home, Carrie becomes the police's number one suspect.Due or Die is the second installment in the new Library Lover's Mystery series. Although I am one to read a series in order, I did not find it necessary to read the first book, Books Can Be Deceiving. The author briefly wrote about events from that book, however she did not reveal spoilers and the reader is able to follow the current storyline.Lindsey Norris once again takes center stage in the murder investigation. She knows Carrie would not murder her husband and is persistent to solve the crime. She enlists the help of Sully, Nancy, Beth and the other Crafternoon Club members. The clock is ticking as Carrie's arrest is inevitable.The romance between Lindsey and Sully has blossomed. There's no denying these two have feelings for each other and both are finally ready to take the next step. Like the previous book, the romance did not overshadow the mystery. I like both Sully and Lindsey and feel the pace of their relationship is real.I've come to enjoy the Library Lover's Mystery series and look forward to the third book, Book, Line, and Sinker (there is a preview provided in Due or Die). Cozy fans will not want to miss this series.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I enjoyed this return to Briar Creek and Lindsey Norris' stint as the new librarian in town. The secondary characters have settled in better (there are quite a lot of people for a small town) and the slight romance mixed with mystery suited me just fine! I recommend any and all of Jenn McKinlay's cozies, under any of her pseudonyms!
Marlyn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Lindsey Norris is settling in to her job as director of the Briar Creek Public Library on the coast of Connecticut. She's made a lot of changes, which almost everyone is pleased about, though there are a few hold-outs including the circulation supervisor, Ms. Cole.Another big change, though Lindsey is not directly responsible, is the election of new Friends of the Library president, Carrie Rushton. Although Carrie is a very pleasant person with many friends, she is burdened with an extremely disagreeable husband. After Carrie's first meeting as president of the Friends, Lindsey and her friend Sully give her a ride home from the library. Thus, they are there when she discovers Markus' body, dead from a gunshot wound. It's apparent that the bullet came through the living room window, which has been shattered. As the spouse, Carrie is the main suspect, but her friends are certain that she's innocent and set out to help her prove it. Briar Creek is an almost prototypical New England coastal town, with a restaurant called the Blue Anchor that serves wonderful clam chowder, and companies that provide boat excursions for tourists. As a librarian, I enjoy reading well-written books with librarians as protagonists. I'm particulary impressed by McKinlay's depiction of the library and its staff, although the idea of a children's librarian who has the time and funds to dress up in costume for her storytimes is a little improbable in this time of staff- and budget-cutting. At the end of the volume are recipes, a crochet pattern, a book club guide for Wuthering Heights, and a preview of the third book in the series, Book, Line and Sinker. *FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.
cathyskye on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First Line: "I could not believe that Lucy agreed to marry Cecil when she was so obviously in love with George," Violet La Rue declared.The same evening that Carrie Rushton is voted in as the new president of the Friends of the Library, her husband is murdered. The evidence is stacking up against the well-liked woman, but head librarian Lindsey Norris and the Briar Creek crafternoon club doesn't believe a bit of it. When a nor'easter buries the small coastal town in snow, wind and frigid temperatures, the police are too busy digging out the residents to focus on the murder. Lindsey and her friends take this as their cue to conduct their own investigation.This is the perfect book to read during a typical summer in Phoenix. I sat in the pool and smiled as I read about frostbite, howling winds, and towering snowdrifts. Hey... some people are made for cold; I'm made for heat.I enjoyed the first book in this series, Books Can Be Deceiving, because McKinlay created the perfect small town setting complete with the perfect library. She continues this in Due or Die. Lindsey is loving her new home, her new library, and her new friends more and more as time passes. Tall, dark and handsome Mike Sullivan makes her pulse race even more than Ms. Cole, the obstreperous librarian nicknamed "the lemon," does. From abandoned puppies to widows, Lindsey is always there to lend a hand, and when someone mentions that to her, she wonders Was it true? Was she incapable of not helping a person in distress? Or was she just a big buttinsky? The camaraderie between Lindsey, her coworkers and her friends is a delight to read, and her decision to "foster" an abandoned puppy until a good home can be found for it will make any pet lover smile knowingly and sigh with pleasure. And while I'm speaking about emotional reactions... let me tell you-- when Lindsey tells Sully off at the end of the book, my fist pump went a little wild, I almost knocked over my umbrella, and my "YOU GO GIRL!" scared off a few of my feathered friends at the birdbath nearby.For those of you who like the goodies at the backs of books, the author has included tips to set up your own crafternoons, a reading guide, a crochet pattern, and recipes.There is so much fun in this fast-paced book; McKinlay had to be smiling as she wrote it. Due or Die has much more to do with the feeling of closeness and friendship between all the characters than it has to do with whodunit, and sometimes that's exactly what the doctor ordered. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
lnpowers on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I may be biased because I am a librarian named Lindsey but I really love this series. I love the literary references, the ins and outs of public library work, and the small town charm. The little bit of romance in this one made it very enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all all night .could not put the book down.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
A puppy is in the returned book bin. The husband of the new President of the Friends of the Library is murdered. A nasty nor'easter hits. It is up to Lindsay and her friends to find the killer before he/she strikes again. I like these characters. I like their interactions and the teasing Lindsay gets about Sully. The story was good. I did figure out the who and part of the why. I needed the ending to fill out the rest of the why. I'll be reading more of this series.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Even though I only read two books, I think this one is my favorite so far in the series. Also I love that cover. While I like this one, it seemed the mystery wasn't as focused but it was still there. And of course soon as I started reading, I was already halfway into the book. That's what I like about cozies, they're pretty quick reads. But what makes them good reads is the setting and of course the characters. Oh and the mystery sleuthing. Also love that ending. Can't wait to read the next one.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Get a cup of hot chocolate and read on a cold, blustery night. I think Jenn has pulled me into this series, I am enjoying it much more than the first cozy mystery series that I tried reading. This book makes the library seem like a much more interesting place. It's not just a place to check books out and read. A fun read, would be good to read on a cold, windy, night with some good hot chocolate.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
Another great book! I really liked how the characters are getting to know each other. And my favorite part was the snowstorm! I wish I could have been there. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
christalvp More than 1 year ago
I thought this one was entertaining and fun. I really like the characters that McKinlay has created for this series, and of course, as a book lover, I couldn't ask for a better setting than a library. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lindsey, Beth, Nancy, Sully, and many of the other great characters. The storyline in this one caught my attention right away, and I was swept up completely in the story. Right after Carrie is elected as the new head of The Friends of the Library, her unpleasant husband is found murdered in their home. Carrie is the main suspect, although librarian Lindsay knows she couldn't have possibly done this horrible thing. As a dangerous storm rages through their northeastern community, Lindsey and her landlord, Nancy, give Carrie a place to stay so that she won't have to be in the home where her husband was murdered. At the same time they must deal with the storm, they also have to content with a deranged woman who is infatuated with the sour man who lost his position as head of The Friends of the Library. Lindsey and friends must try to identify the killer before Carrie is arrested for a crime not of her making. This book was very quick and easy to read. It moved along at a great pace, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The best part of the book was puppy Heathcliffe, who completely stole the show. I'm already eagerly looking forward to reading the next installment of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and truley enjoyed it. I have ordered all the other books in the series along with books from this authors other series.
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arosebyanyothername More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful series!  I love Lindsey, the new head librarian, the always steady Sully, and the rambunctious Heathcliff.  My favorite characters are the children’s librarian, Beth, and Ms. Cole.  Yes, Ms. Cole otherwise known as The Lemon.  I keep wondering when she will crack a smile.  She is one of the more intriguing characters because there are so many possible things that the author could do with her.  Beth reminds me of myself.  As a former preschool teacher, I can relate to all the fingerplays, songs, costumes and crazy things that Beth does.  There is something in Beth that is still childlike and optimistic.  I read this book in the series and liked it so much that I read the other two.  
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shibby More than 1 year ago
I cannot get enough of these books! I devour them as if they were hot clam chowder on a cold New England day. I will definitely check out the author's other series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the first book in this series, loved this one and am looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book truly is a cozy. While I was reading it hurricane Sandy was roaring and howling outside and so it lent a bit to the great atmospherealready in the book! Anyway the story line was well developed as were the characters. Heathcliff is a great addition to the series! Give it a try, I'm certain you'll be glad you did.
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