Read It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery Series #4)

Read It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery Series #4)

by Jenn McKinlay

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William Shakespeare is credited with inventing how many words?*

Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings…

Former Broadway actress Violet La Rue is holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and everyone from the sour spinster librarian Ms. Cole to Lindsey’s youthful library pages are trying out for parts. Brought in to play the mischievous Puck is the flirtatious professional actor Robbie Vine, who seems to have eyes for Lindsey. Before her blush has faded, the Bard’s dream turns into a nightmare—when one of the cast is poisoned. Now Lindsey and her crafternooners must take center stage to unmask the culprit before the final curtain call…

*Over 17,000

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425260722
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Library Lover's Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 74,413
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The hardest decision 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 the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Hat Shop Mysteries and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a house that is overrun with books, pets, kids, and her husband’s guitars.

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Praise for the New York Times bestselling Library Lover’s Mystery series:

“Terrific…intelligent, fun, and lively.”—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries

“A sparkling setting, lovely characters, books, knitting and chowder! What more could any reader ask?”— Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

“Fast-paced and fun.”— Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

“With a remote coastal setting as memorable as Manderley and a kind-hearted, loyal librarian as the novel’s heroine, Books Can Be Deceiving is sure to charm cozy readers everywhere."— Ellery Adams, author of the Books By the Bay mysteries

“What a great read!...McKinlay has been a librarian, and her snappy storyline, fun characters, and young library director with backbone make for a winning formula.”—Library Journal

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Read It and Weep 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenn McKinlay has done it again, with “Read it and Weep”, bringing us to the small New England village, and following our librarian and the close-knit community of friends through the twists and turns of a production of A Midsummer Night’s dream becoming a nightmare. Well written with a finish that was a complete surprise, I couldn’t put the book down. I have good news and bad news: the bad news is that I probably have to wait too long for the next book. The good news is that Jenn McKinlay authors two other series, The Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Hat Shop Mysteries that I look forward to reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jenn McKinlay novel that I have read. I found it to be a delight!. The characters were well described without being overly wordy. The plot was one that kept my interest and entertained till the end. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to start reading Jenn McKinlay's new book, Read It and Weep, and it was an absolute pleasure! I have read all of her other books in the series so far. I really enjoyed how she continued to develop the characters in the small town, library setting while adding some interesting new ones as well. It reads well, is funny and I liked how she keeps the reader guessing. I also thought that she did an excellent job building tension between the main character, her former/possible love interest and the newcomer. I am so glad to see a library being selected for a cozy setting. Libraries are still a vital part of our communities and I think that Jenn McKinlay is doing a great job of showing readers how many different and interesting characters take part in the Briar Creek Public Library. Maybe she will inspire people to check out what is going on at their own library. If you read this one, I am sure that you will want to read the first three books as well. I can't wait for the next book to be published in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was anxiously waiting for this book and it was well worth the wait! I couldn't put it down once I started reading. I couldn't wait to see what happened next with Lindsey and Sully or what kind of mystery she would find herself mixed up in. I wasn't sure about the addition of Robbie but I wound up really liking him. Though I still want to see Lindsey with Sully I hope Robbie will be around for a while. The mystery had me so caught up that I sat up til 5 am finishing the book. I love how real the characters are. It feels like I could go to my local library and chat with Lindsey or Beth. (While avoiding the Lemon of course!) I have read all of the Library Lovers books and they just keep getting better. I can't wait for the next one to come out! If you want to read a good mystery with just enough romance in it then this is the series for you.
Anna_Louise More than 1 year ago
Read It And Weep is the 4th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series. And an exciting and fun  series it is. I was looking forward to picking up this book due to the library setting and  it didn’t disappoint. There's an often used cliche, "I couldn't put the book down" and tha t certainly describes this book for me. All the wonderful characters are back once again and it is a wonderful series with entertaining characters. So looking forward to the next book.
BlazeLR More than 1 year ago
I really enyoy reading McKinlay's books, Read it and Weep is a very good book because it draws you in, making you feel that you are part of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
--love this series. Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorites
Masquerader888 More than 1 year ago
Read it and Weep is a cute and cozy mystery with a charming setting, a lovable cast of characters and a plot that is undemanding of a readers mental powers. The fourth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series, it became clear within the first few chapters that this series was meant to be read in order as past deeds and relationships are referenced from the very beginning. By skipping the first three Library Lover’s books I missed a lot of history and background, however, this book still managed to be an entertaining experience standing on its own and l quite enjoyed getting to know the characters and exploring the town while tripping merrily along the trail of mystery. Light and refreshing, I will be on the look-out for the rest of this charming series and am happy to give Read it and Weep three and a half shiny stars.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the author's other series. And got to say that I think I found a new favorite author. This one was really good. Also that love triangle. Can't get enough of this series. Also that puppy is adorable.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
This was a great cozy mystery with a little romance thrown in. But, I'm somewhat confused about the title. I never wept, but I laughed a lot. The situations Lindsey found herself in, especially dealing with her love life, were hilarious. I loved the plot twists and was surprised with the ending. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I read this one out of order, I wasn't sure how I mixed that up. But it was very good, just the same. But because I read them out of order, I did have a clue to a surprise. There were some twists and turns that I really liked. And I really like getting to know the characters even more. I definitely recommend this book and this series!
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BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite series. I'm a librarian and a mystery buff, so it's only natural that I would love a cozy mystery series with a librarian as the sleuth.   The last half of 2013 was a crazy time for me. My position at school was finally made full time. I added two new after school book clubs, became more active in the VFW Post (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and added way too many things to my to do list.  As a result, my leisure reading time was drastically reduced.  I had promised myself that if I made it to Christmas Break, I was going to spend the break on the couch with my nose stuck in books I WANTED to read. (A great deal of my recent reading has been for work - my students think I've read every book in our library. And I do my best to foster that misconception :) ) As a gift to myself, I put McKinlay's Due or Die and Read It And Weep at the top of the reading stack. And what a wonderful gift it was.  Read It And Weep is book four in the series.  The series just gets better with each book. The stories are always engaging and the characters likable. Well, maybe "The Lemon" isn't exactly lovable, but in this book we do see a human side to her. And I wanted to sit Sully down and talk some sense into him.  However, McKinlay has created a charming and inviting community. I wonder if I could talk my husband to retiring to Briar Creek? Maybe the local school needs an elementary librarian? Read It And Weep is well plotted with enough twists and turns (plus a love triangle) to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  If you are looking for an enjoyable series, I highly recommend this one.   School resumed this week, so I'm back to trying to squeeze in pleasure reading to my nutty schedule. You can be sure that Jenn McKinlay's book will have top spots on the list.
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
I've loved this series from book 1, and the 4th installment did NOT disappoint! The Briar Creek Community Players, under the talented auspices of actress Violet LaRue, are putting together a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  Many locals are excited to audition (Lindsey being an exception) and all is looking good for the play.  Everyone is surprised when the famous (infamous?) Robbie Vine arrives to play the role of Puck. Lindsey, still hurting from the break with Sully, finds herself attracted to Robbie, but when it's apparent someone has ill intent towards him Lindsey fears for his life.  It's all the stuff of Shakespeare...poison, a stabbing...and the undercurrent of tension as people wonder who's behind it all.  Is it the ex-wife, the ex-mistress, Violet's ex...or someone else? Meanwhile, Lindsey finds herself running into Sully everytime she turns around, as both are working behind the scenes on costumes and sets.  The tension is already pretty thick, and just gets worse when Sully notices the flirtatious Mr. Vine working his wiles on Lindsey. The usual cast of characters is there, including The Lemon...and we get a wee glimpse into a different side of the stern librarian!   Sit back and enjoy the drama!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting for what felt like FOREVER for this next installment of the Library Lover's series, I was extremely pleased! I couldn't wait to dive right back into the world of Briar Creek, and I was definitely not disappointed. The book had me guessing til the very end and the payoff was well-worth it. I felt we got a little more of the characters in this book, and it was so great to see another side of our favorite New England residents.  I look forward to the next one in this series....until then, I'll just have to settle for the next installments of some of Jenn's other books...The Cupcake Bakery Mysteries are terrific, and the new Hat Shoppe one be totally unoriginal and die for!
b3070 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I have read by Jenn McKinlay and I absolutely loved it!!  I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read them in order, but I am definitely going back to read the previous ones.  Lindsey is such a fun character and the suspense is gripping, I can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better and better! Book #4, Read It and Weep, doesn't disappoint. Old wounds and vendettas come out to play along with new found interests and possible relationships. Jenn McKinlay writes a highly entertaining mystery full of plot twists and complex relationships that leave you eager for the next installment! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th entry in Ms. McKinlay's Library Lovers Mystery Series. It certainly lives up to the standards set by the prior books. In this book retired Broadway star Violet LaRue is producing A Midsummer's Night Dream for the local playhouse. Oh and surprise! she has talked her friend and co-Broadway star Robbie Vine into playing Puck. Try as she might, heroine Lindsey is attracted to Robbie when he flirts with her. And why not? Sully, her beau until the end of the last book, has still not warmed up to her. But when Robbie is killed during a rehearsal, it is up to Lindsey to figure out who did it and why. I must say that I didn't see the twist at the end coming! This was a great story, and a good read!
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I've enjoyed getting to know her characters. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
loved this book as I do all of Jenn McKinlay's. The characters are all people that I would like to meet and I would love to visit Briar Creek. The plot was great, I figured the who and why but there was quite a few twists that kept me double guessing myself. I eagerly await the next in the series.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
The Briar Creek Community Theater's latest production is Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the antics and twists in the play have nothing on the events happening in Briar Creek. Library Director Lindsey Norris helps work on the production sets and encourages her mother to join her in Briar Creek to work on the play, but when one of the actors is poisoned, she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation...all the while dealing with her emotional feelings on her failed relationship with Sully. Of course, it doesn't help that Sully is also involved in helping the production. Can she solve the murder and move on with her life at Briar Creek or has she finally snooped one too many times. I love this series and the characters and am looking forward to reading the next chapter in Lindsey's life.
RowanMaGra More than 1 year ago
It was one of those books where I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the repartee and the build up of the relationship between Lindsay and Sully is great....Ms., McKinlay can build suspense and interest as well.  She keeps your interest in the book really well.