Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

Hitting the Books

Jenn McKinlay

Things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek and when the driver of a stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff and her library friends have to hit the books before the murderer gets the last word…

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It's murder by the book in the latest hit Library Lover's mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Stacks.

When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. Before Lindsey can delve into the library's records, the victim of the hit and run, Theresa Houston, suffers another "accident" and the investigation shifts from driver negligence to attempted homicide.

A clue surfaces in the confiscated library materials that could crack open the case and it is up to Lindsey to piece it all together. But things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek and when the driver of the stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff and her library friends have to hit the books before the murderer gets the last word...

Advance Galley Reviews

McKinlay's library mysteries are great fun to read, especially as a librarian myself. In her latest novel, what appears to be a simple hit and run accident turns into a deep conspiracy related to missing library books. Great fun to read!

Liked the characters and story flow. Like a good who done it! Easy to read and find out the mystery! Would recommend!

This is a great cozy mystery. There is quite a variety of personalities among the characters in this book. I enjoyed the interactions between Lindsey and the other employees in the library. They all seem to know her really well and her ability to stick her nose into business that she shouldn’t. The mystery was wonderful. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. I was surprised by the final reveal of who-done-it and why. This book is not within the category of inspirational fiction. I did struggle some with the characters living together without being married. These are my personal feelings and I know that each person makes their own decision about this. If this will bother you then you may want to select a different book to read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*

A bit too much of a predictable story for me to really get into it. I'd give it 3 stars over all.

One of the best mysteries series by a current writer available today.

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay is the ninth book A Library Lover’s Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is the library director for Briar Creek Public Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. Linsey is tired from a late night of reading so during crafternoon she finds herself staring out the window (and avoiding holding a baby). She sees Theresa Huston, a local tennis coach, get hit by a car that then speeds away. The same car almost hits Charlie Peyton outside the Blue Anchor. Theresa ends up with a broken leg three weeks before her wedding to Larry Milstein. The car belonged to Kayla Manning who had reported it stolen. The pilfered car is later found with borrowed library materials inside. Before Lindsey can discover who checked out the items, Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is determined to do away with the bride-to-be. Lindsey delves into the library records in hopes of discovering the identity of the guilty party. The killer makes another attempt which sends Lindsey into overdrive to unravel the clues and expose the predator. Will Theresa make it to her wedding? Jenn McKinlay never fails to deliver an entertaining cozy mystery. I have read every book in this series and look forward to the latest release each year. It is like visiting old friends when I pick up A Library Lover’s Mystery. Hitting the Books could be read as a standalone, but I believe it would be beneficial to read Books Can Be Deceiving first. It is the first novel in A Library Lover’s Mystery series and it will give you the background on the characters. I thought Hitting the Books was well-written with a nice, steady pace. Briar Creek is a welcoming small town with pleasant townspeople. Lindsey Norris is a smart, friendly and caring woman who is the head librarian for Briar Creek. Her best friend and children’s librarian, Beth is a woman who really loves her job. I like the various costumes she wears to entertain the children’s during story time (she is clever). Lindsey and Captain Mike Sullivan are now living together, and it is an adjustment. I can understand Lindsey not enjoying Mike’s cheery whistling so early in the morning (that would be annoying). I felt there was too much time devoted to the romance, but I like seeing this pair together. Lindsey is worried about the future (marriage, kids) and needs to work through a few concerns. The mystery was intriguing. There are good clues that will aid readers in solving the crime before the solution is revealed. My rating for Hitting the Books is 4 out of 5 stars. The ending will have fans of the series smiling. Hitting the Books has friendly characters, a charming town, a cozy library, a perplexing mystery, a sweet romance and a cute dog.

A car is stolen, almost runs over two people and then the driver is found dead only after one of the first victims is still being targeted. What does this have in common with Lindsey who is the library director at the local library? There were books found in the car that she will be able to track who checked them out to see who is at fault for this crime, however, there are many twists and turns throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay and can't wait to read more of her work. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay is the third book I’ve read in the Library Lover’s Mystery series, and it’s by far one of my favorites. It’s been a while since I last thought about this series, but I still remember the previous book. I liked Death in the Stacks—it was one of my favorite books I read in 2017—but Hitting the Books just seemed like more of everything. I mean that in a good way. The basic premise of the story is: Lindsey Norris, library director and avid fan of fiction, gets involved in yet another mystery, a hit-and-run that leads to a complicated case. In terms of cozy mystery novels, Hitting the Books was a solid read. It had an excellent story. The opening chapters were a great setup for the mystery that the main character, Lindsey Norris, ends up involved in. Some parts I was able to guess. That being said, the build-up to the end had an excellent pace. The reveals came at the right time and were bolstered by some unexpected action that led to a continued sense of tension. There was more action due to the danger being posed to the characters, because of the kind of mystery Hitting the Books was. The subsequent implications and later ramifications raised the stakes and made the story seem more exciting. I liked it a lot. The world-building was also nice. It’s kind of a typical setting for cozy mysteries—small, idyllic coastal town that’s portrayed as being a close-knit community. That being said, the characters were interesting—some were a little more unique than others—and the overall story was good. The characters are worth noting here, because I liked a lot of them. Most of them were familiar faces from the previous books. There was a good deal of character development that took place alongside the mystery. I liked those scenes because it showed the usual cast of characters at varying stages of their lives including the newly married, new parents, budding romances, and long-term relationships that continued to develop. Overall, Hitting the Books was good, and I’m looking forward to whatever McKinlay writes next.... Disclaimer: This copy of the book was provided by First to Read for this review, thank you!

Another fun visit with Lindsay and the Briar Creek gang. I enjoyed this mystery about the attempted murder of a local woman who is engaged to a town bigwig. I love how Lindsay interacts with both Robbie and Sully in trying to solve the crime. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. These are great characters...would enjoy spending longer time with them.

Cozy mysteries, especially Jen McKinlay's books, are one of my favorite genres. The reader is taken to McKinlay's familiar Briar Creek for yet another mystery. She describes the characters so well, I feel like I know them! The plot was engaging and kept me guessing. Overall, this is a very enjoyable read.

I really like Jenn McKinley's book, and her latest book—Hitting the Books—did not disappoint. The characters are engaging and likeable, the plot is entertaining and mysterious without graphic language or violence, and the setting makes you wish you lived in Briar Creek too. Great for a quick, light, cozy read!

Every time I see a new book releasing in McKinlay's Library Lovers series, I do a little happy dance inside. And then I try my hardest to get an advance copy somehow because I've already waiting a year or so and simply can't wait any longer. Such was the case with "Hitting the Books." In this installment, someone is trying to kill the town tennis coach before she can marry the man of her dreams and once again, Lindsey ends up in the thick of things. I don't want to give a lot away since this is the 9th book in the series, but I love the progression McKinlay provides us for this town and the characters. Reading "Hitting the Books" really was like visiting with some old friends. Lindsey is such a wonderful character and even though she sometimes ends up in over her head, she always has a cast of loyal friends and family to help her out. In fact, I really can't think of one character I don't like in Briar Creek. Even Ms. Cole (aka The Lemon), the grumpy librarian, has grown on me over the years. If you like cozy mysteries and aren't reading this series, then you need to - immediately. I will continue to recommend them as much as possible and only hope the author doesn't have an end in sight! (Hey Jenn, is there an end in sight???? Now I'm worried). Also, since I am using this for the #DogDaysofSummer readathon, I must mention Heathcliff, Lindsey's best friend and faithful companion. That's him on the cover, sniffing out trouble. Many times throughout the series Heathcliff has saved Lindsey and I really don't know what she would do without him. I received a copy of "Hitting the Books" from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

Once again Jenn McKinlay wrote a novel that kept me reading and wanting more. I love these characters she has developed and I was excited to follow along in the next installment of Lindsey's adventures in Briar Creek. The whodunnit was well done and the mystery intriguing. I could not put this book down. I highly recommend this book and it's predecessors to someone looking for a light mystery. I cannot wait to read the next one.

I'm never quite sure which of the three fabulous cozy mystery series from Jenn McKinlay that I like best, the cupcake bakery series, the hat shop mystery series, or the library lover's series. I've read them all, usually as soon as available, and they're all terrific. But of them all, probably the best series is the library lover's series featuring library director Lindsey Norris. This ninth book in the series features a great cast of characters, another interesting plot, a love interest, and book talk...what could be better? This is an outstanding cozy series. Highly recommended!!

There were at least two spots in HITTING THE BOOKS that almost made me walk away from the book, not wanting to know the outcome. I'm glad I didn't, as the things I dreaded each time did not turn out as badly as they could have, but it took some pushing to get me past those. HITTING THE BOOKS brings readers back to Briar Creek for the ninth time, where we watch library director Lindsay Norris get involved in yet another murder investigation in the otherwise quiet community. When Theresa, a former tennis pro, is nearly murdered in a hit and run, Lindsay and Beth are witnesses. When the driver of the car turns up dead, the entire investigation turns in on itself, and 15 year old mysteries start to open themselves up again. There is one great thing that comes out of this book...but you'll have to read until the end to find out what that is. If you've been reading the series since the beginning, though, it's definitely something a long time in the making.

**I was able to read a copy of this for free via the Penguin First to Read program** Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite things to read. Jenn McKinlary's Library Lover's series is one of favorite series so this was a very enjoyable read for me. I particularly liked the mystery in this one. Per usual, the cast of characters are great and the story well-paced. If you like cozy mysteries, I recommend checking out this series.

Although I have read several of the author's Contemporary Romances, this is the first Cozy Mystery I have read by her. I do wish I had started with #1 in the series so that I had more background on the characters, but enough history was given that I at least knew some. I really enjoyed the characters. As in most cozy mysteries, they tend to be a little quirky. The plot was fast moving, keeping me flipping pages and so entertaining that I was quite eager to see what happened next. There were twists that weren't always shocking, but kept the plot moving along and the humor kept me chuckling. I enjoyed this enough that I believe I will go back and start at the beginning of the series! Light and fun! I received a copy of this book through First to Read. All thoughts on it are my own.

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Penguin Random House for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the First to Read program. All opinions are my own. Not sponsored. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though this was the first one I have read in the series, I didn't find it too difficult to get to know the characters or to jump into the story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the cozy mystery genre. The author, Jenn McKinlay, wrote the characters with charm and relational traits which made it easy for me to join the series. I appreciated the point of view being both prospective and limited third-person omnipresence for purposes of character and plot development. As far as the plot is concerned, I enjoyed the pace of the unveiling and the story itself. It unfolded in sort of in a Scooby-Doo-esque type fashion in that it read a bit fanciful at times along with a "those meddling kids" type quality to it, but ultimately ended with a creative plot twist that was kept it somewhat grounded in reality. I suppose the charismatic attribute of the protagonist and setting of a small town allows for such casual interactions to take place, though in that case I wouldn't have minded to have read even more town gossip and therefore more imaginative and speculative construct from that perspective. And of course, recipes and a craft project, such pleasant surprises as well!

It's great to see this series make it to a ninth (!) book. Of course, new readers won't want to start here - with librarian Lindsey worrying about what it means to have moved in with her boyfriend, the book works better if you already know something about the characters. In general, the cast are plot devices more than believable characters. The family under attack by a murderer are the most broad caricatures: business dad, daughter struggling to make her own way in life, the super-nice girlfriend. The villain in particular is barely even one-dimensional, with the most unrealistic and blatant of motives. We check in with the recurring characters -- of which there are now a large number -- but only one has much substantial to do. At least Brit movie star Robbie is the most fun to spend time with. It was nice to see Lindsey be so conscious of library ethics, preserving patron privacy until the proper legal actions are taken. Hitting the Books is a fast read and a workable bit of escapism that does its job, getting the reader lost in another set of circumstances for a couple of hours. Sitting down to analyze it reveals some flaws and missed opportunities, but most readers won't bother, instead enjoying another effective entry in a reliable series.

I hadn't read anything by Jenn McKinlay before but I'll be looking for more in this series and her others. I'm always a sucker for a good plot and believable characters.

Great read! I read the whole book in one evening. I couldn’t put it down. I figured out who was behind the incidents early in the book but was surprised by the twists and turns. I loved it!

Lindsey Norris is the Briar Creek head librarian. During the library’s crafternoon group hour, Lindsey noticed a car speeding through town hitting one of the residents, Theresa Houston. Theresa is lucky as she only suffers from a broken leg. But then Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is trying to kill Theresa. When the Sheriff finds the hit and run car, the driver is dead. Shot to death. There are CD’s in the car from the library. Lindsey immediately begins to investigate along with the Sheriff. Lindsey and her dog, Heathcliff are adjusting to her move in with her boyfriend Captain Scully who is a retired naval captain. He runs boat tours. A fast paced, thought provoking and uniquely plotted mystery. A cast of cleverly crafted, well defined and interesting characters. Murder, hit and runs, missing person, CDs, insurance policies, danger and intrigue, all mix together for a well written suspenseful read. While this is book # 9 in the Library Lover’s Mysteries series, it can be read as a stand alone. A real page turner providing a surprise ending!! I volunteered to read Hitting the Books. Thanks to First-to-Read for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. The end of the book gives the reader, craft and recipes. For book clubs, the end has a Reader’s Guide.

I love this series! Perfect cozy mystery material with fun characters and believable plots. This may not be the best one to jump into if you're new to the series, but you don't have to have read all eight previous titles to enjoy it.

I have read all the books in the series and so I really appreciate the way that McKinlay continues to grow the characters in a very believable way. But this is also a book which can be picked up by a first timer reader of McKinlay's - it works well on both levels - whether as a series regular or a stand alone novel. The mystery is well done, with a number of twists and curves and a few red herrings. But it never feels contrived, which is one of the things I like most about a mystery. This is just a fund read and I would highly recommend it.

This latest adventure in librarian Lindsey Norris’ life is the ninth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Lindsey witnesses the hit and run of Theresa Huston and gets pulled into the quest to figure out who wants her dead. Theresa is engaged to Larry Milstein, a wealthy businessman with a chain of furniture stores, with an interesting past. Seems his wife disappeared, leaving him with his infant daughter to raise, years ago. He was cleared of any involvement and has doted on his daughter Liza, now in her 20’s. Theresa and Liza are already close since Theresa has served as Liza’s tennis coach for the last six years. Police Chief Emma Plewicki is searching for the car when she gets a call that there is a burglar at Theresa’s house. When all converge on Theresa’s home, Emma, Lindsey and Larry discover that the intruder tried to kill Theresa. Ms. McKinlay handles red herrings with a deft hand as she spins an intriguing mystery, keeping the reader hooked page after page. And Ms. McKinlay manages to fabricate an unexpected, yet logical motive implemented through very devious means.

I have read several of the early books in this series but not the most recent ones so Lindsey has had some personal life developments that I missed. This was not my favorite book in this series so far, the culprit was easy to figure out and the way Lindsey butted into the official investgation was a bit OTT but it was an okay read. The preview of her new series was cute and I will give it a try.

I really enjoyed my first cozy mystery. I have not read the other books in the series about Lindsey, the mystery solving librarian. Such a fun read! I’m definitely adding the rest of the series to my TBR list.

Great cozy mystery! Its fast paced and interesting. I love the characters and I can’t wait to read more in the series.

This is the 9th in a series and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous 8. As a stand alone I didn't think the characters developed enough for me to really ever get invested in the story. I had to force myself to care about who was trying to kill the former tennis champ who is engaged to the wealthiest man in the area. The main character, a librarian with a penchant for solving mysteries, apparently has an on again, off again relationship with the boyfriend with whom she just moved in. Again, perhaps reading previous books would have made the relationship more believable and interesting. I didn't really enjoy this book as a stand alone but would give the series a chance. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fast moving cozy that kept me guessing who was trying to kill Theresa Houston. Enjoyed catching up with Lindsey and her friends.

In this latest edition of the library lovers series Lindsey has just moved in with her boyfriend sully and is still adjusting . During her afternoon with the crafternoon group she witnesses a hit and run outside the library . It turns out that the car belongs to the ex girlfriend of the victims boyfriend. She denies that she had anything to do with the accident. But when the victims house is broken into and she is nearly smothered it is clear that someone wants her dead. Lindsay and sully work with the chief of police to help tract down the culprit. I always enjoy catching up with the citizens of briar creek . I love Lindsay and Sully relationship and how far they have come. The mystery was well done and I wasn't expecting who the culprit was. I can't wait to continue reading this series.

This is such a great series! I didn't want to start this one, because I knew it was going to go fast (which it did). The mystery was a little different (no one died), but I was still guessing until the end. The story moved along at a great pace and had enough of the personal lives of the characters to keep me interested in the story aside from the mystery. I can't wait for the next one! (And the sneak peak of the author's new series was great! I can't wait for it either!)

Lindsay Norris is a librarian in Briar creek. At one of the gatherings at the library she looks out the window and sees Theresa get hit by a car and runs outside to keep her calm. She is a curious person so she does not let it go that this was just a simple accident. After a series of events that happen we do find out that it was not just an accident but someone trying to murder Theresa. She got herself involved even though the Police Chief did not want her too. The Police Chefs boyfriend brought himself into the crime solving with Lindsay and helped ask questions. Lindsay drags her own boyfriend in on the investigation and they go on a wild car chase. Lindsay does get to be officially involved when some library property is found in the car that hit Theresa. This was a good quick read. I never did fully figure out who did it. I did not even suspect one of the people involved. I received this book for free to read from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

5 stars! I can usually count on a cozy to pull me out of a book slump and this one did not disappoint. This is the ninth in the series but my first and I very easily slipped right into the characters and the story line. This one hit most of my cozy needs: library setting, crafting, books, and most importantly - the crime hit fast! This was so enjoyable that I have already purchased the first in the series so I can catch up to speed with the entire series.

I had never read any of this cozy mystery series, but I will now! This is one of the better cozy series I have come across. The mystery was involved enough to keep you guessing. The main character Lindsey is funny and interesting. Sully, her fiancé is good, too. All the characters in and out of the library were well written and I love some of the discussions they had. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the wedding. Definitely going on my list of series to read! If you haven't read any of these, I'd suggest starting with the first one so you can enjoy them all!

Thanks to Penguin's First to Read and Jenn McKinlay for a digital ARC of this book. This is the 9th installment in the Library Lover's Mystery series and it is another winner. This is probably one of my favorite cozy series going right now. The setting is great: a small, coastal community in Connecticut that is filled with a cast of quirky and fun characters--and it centers around a library, where the protagonist works. (Have I mentioned the really cute dog named Heathcliff?) In this entry, there is another unfortunate murder attempt that kicks off the action. Also, Lindsey and her boyfriend Sully undergo some character development and my favorite, Robbie Vine, has a central role in the sleuthing. I was disappointed to not see more of Milton, but I know every character can't be present in every book. The overall mystery is a little less complicated than in some other entries, BUT the homage to Jane Eyre more than makes up for it. I was happy to get to read this early. Now I just have an extra long wait for the next entry!

This is the ninth installment in the Library Lovers Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is the Library Director in Briar Creek and she is getting back to normal after the last murder in town. She has moved in with her boyfriend Sully and having a bit of self-doubt about marriage and children. As she is staring out the library window during a crafternooners lunch, she sees her friend Theresa running and out of the corner of her eye she sees a car go directly for her and hit her. The driver then proceeds to almost run down Charlie (Nancy’s nephew). Fortunately, he gets a good look at the driver and the police begin to investigate from there. Lindsey is trying to stay out of this, however, as she is helping Liza (Theresa’s soon to be step-daughter) select audio books for Theresa she overhears there has been a break in at her home. Liza heads there and Lindsey tries to stop her. Another attempt was made on Theresa and although she is safe, it appears the hit and run was not random and someone really wants her dead. Of course, Lindsey and Robbie begin to do some investigation and when the police find the vehicle with the driver dead inside with library materials Lindsey has to officially help. Lots of twists and turns and it was good to see Sully jump in, help Lindsey, and settle some of their concerns about their relationship. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning and enjoy the interaction with all the main and secondary characters. Good to see Lindsey struggling with her thoughts about marriage and kids as well as getting annoyed at Beth’s constant talking about her perfect wedding. As long as this series continues, I will continue to read. Looking forward to the next installment and Scully and Lindsey’s wedding.

Nothing better than a good cozy mystery on a warm summer day! This book is not predictable at all and has a few good twists I did not see coming. I do enjoy cozy mysteries and having not read this author I was pleasantly surprised. This is a series of books but I jumped into this one no problem. I will be looking for the rest in this series. The main character is a librarian and hosts a book club at the library so the mention of various books throughout the book was fun. There is a touch of romance and a warm, inviting feel to the setting.There are also bonus recipes and craft at the end which I will be trying!

My first time reading a book from this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I have only read one other cozy mystery author that I've liked. But I gave this a try and it was really good. Funny, witty, and entertaining. I'd definitely like to read the previous books in this series.

A murder, humor, love, and books! All the great makings for a perfect beach read. Hitting the Books is a light read full of suspense that will keep you turning pages until the very end. The ninth book in the Lover Library series, this novel doesn’t disappoint for a minute. Librarian Lindsey Norris finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery when a stack of library audiobooks turns up in a car- with a dead body. Couple this with threats on their friend, Theresa, Lindsey is determined to get to the bottom of it. Alongside her boyfriend Sully, the two help to uncover important clues to lead to the killer and hopefully save Theresa from her potentially devastating fate. I absolutely loved Hitting the Books. I devoured it in a day, and was sad when I closed the last page. Though this is the ninth book in the series, it was able to stand alone in terms of background character information. Unfamiliar to the Library Lover series myself, I will definitely be investing some time reading the other books. McKinlay has such a talent for developing a mystery in a naturally witty fashion that there wasn’t a moment in which I questioned her. Unlike other light mysteries, McKinlay’s writing in unpredictable and left me guessing until the last page. I will definitely be recommending this book to anyone looking for a fun read.

Hitting the Books is a return to the familiar (I have read one other of the series) world of the Briar Creek library. Of course mysterious events take place - in this instance a runner is a victim of a hit and run. The library director, Lindsay Norris, immediately becomes involved in this mystery while protesting she is not involved. And just like that I was wrapped up in a familiar, comfortable world while I read of the doings of the library staff and citizens of Briar Creek. This book, in addition to being a cozy read, also provided hints of good reads for both adults and children. Some were subtle such as a passing mention of Victoria Holt's gothic novels, others were more overt as with the Crafternnoner's book selection, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. A cozy read and good book recommendations are not the end of it! Indeed not! Jenn McKinlay also includes recipes and a craft project in the appendix. I found the recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake dusted with Confectioners Sugar of special interest as I am a very big fan of chocolate cake! This is a book and a series I recommend.

Hitting the Books was an enjoyable cozy mystery. The mystery was simplistic, at least I thought it was very easy to figure out. But the mystery took a back seat to the romance of our heroine. There a lot of secondary characters and they get little page time. It seems they have rich backstories so it is probable they feature in other books - this is only the 2nd book of the series I have read. My pet peeve in this book is the amount of time the main character spent way too much time saying she was not getting involved in solving the crime. It reduced my enjoyment of the book but won't put me off reading others of the series, at least this time.

This is the second book in the series that I have read. I really enjoy these stories and characters. It is a good mystery that involves fun characters and an enjoyable small town feel. I recommend reading these books!

I loved it! That was a terrific mystery! The characters are great - especially the crafternooners when they were talking about their emotional struggles after getting attached to a book or writer. They were having a mock/serious discussion and I was laughing and agreeing with them! This is a fantastic series by a wonderful author.

Loved the book. Thank you for the opportunity to read. I enjoyed the small town atmosphere and the same characters. Jenn McKinley always keeps you guessing.

Another great Library Lovers Mystery from Jenn McKinlay. Loved, loved this book as much as I loved the others in the series.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to review this book. This was my first time to read a mystery by Jenn McKinlay. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. The story was easy to follow, even though I didn't know everyone's backstory. I think Ms. McKinlay did a great job of filling in just enough detail that I could "know" the characters, but not so much it discouraged me from going back to read the back list. All in all I really enjoyed the book. I didn't have it figured out until the end. The characters were fun and the story-line was engaging.

First off, Thank You to Penguin First To Read and Jenn McKinlay for the Advance Galley of Hitting The Books! I was beyond excited to visit Lindsey, Sully, Beth, and all they quirky bunch of Briar Creek again! The Library Lover's Mysteries are one of my favorite Cozy Series. Nicely paced, with a pleasant surprise at the end. I could NOT put down my Kindle on the hunt for who had attacked Theresa, right alongside Lindsey, Emma, Sully, there was definitely a lot of unexpected happenings throughout this installment. I can't wait for the next adventure with Lindsey and her Briar Creek Crew!

I think this was a great addition to the series! I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down once I started reading it.

I enjoyed this. It was well paced and I found it hard to put down. I did feel that the secondary characters were less involved in the storyline than they were in past books.

This is the second book of this series that I have read (thanks first to read for the first!) I totally enjoyed this book. I’m still getting to know the secondary characters as they aren’t really important to the development of the story. Still a good light read.

I enjoyed the main story line. The development of the mystery is always fun. Unfortunately, I felt this book was written in a hurry, with little attention to the characters that we’ve meet in previous books. Although the characters of Nancy, Charlie, Beth, etc were mentioned their was little reason to invest in them as they were only tangential to this story.


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