Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay

Death in the Stacks

Jenn McKinlay

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

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In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library’s big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble . . . 

Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream—it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive—but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future . . .

Advance Galley Reviews

Death in the Stacks is the eighth book in the Library Lover's series, but my introduction to the world of Lindsey Norris, crime-solving librarian. And can I just say how much I adore this idea of libraries+cozy mysteries??? The new president of the library board, Olive Boyles, hates everyone. She threatens to fire Lindsey, have a librarian's assistant fired, and soon after is found dead during a library fund-raising event. Lindsey has sworn off crime-solving, but because both she and Paula (the assistant) are now prime suspects, she has to figure out who murdered Olive. I liked this book. There were a lot of characters, some with similar names, but I assume everything (and everyone) would be a lot clearer if I'd been reading from #1. The actual mystery was okay; what I loved were the descriptions of the library and the crafternoons (book club/crafting sessions) that happened there. I did fully believe that Lindsey was a librarian - there were discussions about Agatha Christie, and all the bookshelves she kept in her apartment. *Thanks to First to Read for an ARC*


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