Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay

Word to the Wise

Jenn McKinlay

When a town newcomer is murdered, Lindsey knows it's up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of his life to find the real culprit.

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It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books.

Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams—but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term “book lover” a whole new meaning. Inappropriate looks and unwelcome late-night visits to Lindsey's house have everyone from the crafternooners to Lindsey's fiancé, Sully, on edge. 

When Grady's dead body is found staged outside the library and all the clues point to Sully, Lindsey knows it's up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of Grady's previous life to find the real culprit and clear Sully's name. But becoming a thorn in the killer's side is not without its consequences, and the closer Lindsey gets to the truth, the more determined the murderer is to make her just a footnote.

Advance Galley Reviews

Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for a digital ARC of this book. Another fun read! This is the 10th entry in the series, and I think they're only getting better. I always worry that as a series progresses it will get stale and redundant, but McKinlay always finds great ways for her characters to develop. As I've said before, I like the setting and characters more than the mysteries in these; however, this mystery is pretty good as well. In this entry, Lindsey and Sully are planning their wedding, but their plans get disrupted by a stalker Lindsey picks up in the library. Series favorite Robbie Vine again plays a central role in helping with this new problem, especially when the plot turns to murder. Also, this book focuses on the everyday harassment women too-often endure and how society turns a blind eye to much of it--and how these situations are not only unfair to women but also how they can turn dangerous. So kudos to McKinlay for spotlighting this all-too-common occurrence. I am now especially looking forward to #11--not only will this book take us to (or closer to, anyway) the wedding, but there are some other fun developments on the horizon (I'm looking at The Lemon, here). I'm still hoping for Milton to make an appearance--maybe he and The Lemon will be more central in book #11 I highly suggest this cozy series. While I think each book can stand on its own, I recommend starting at the beginning to fully enjoy the character development from the beginning.

I loved this book. I was hooked from start to finish and now must go find the others in the series. I especially loved the craft and recipes at the end, because I always feel like those little touches add to to the story. It was a typical murder mystery that I figured out pretty early but the twists on who did it was what kept it exciting. As did the friendships and relationships involved. It was the perfect mixture of mystery and romance. I received an e-arc from first to read in exchange for an honest review.

Wonderful addition to the series. Great story!

This 10th installment in the Library Lovers series may well be the best yet. A great plot, with a stalker going after library director Lindsey Norris, and the usual great characters, including Lindsey and her friends, particularly Sully and Robbie, among many others. Readers who love cozies are in for a treat with this one. Highly recommended!!

This is the 10th book in the Library Lover's Mystery which set in the coastal town of Briar Creek, CT. Lindsey Norris, the head librarian, becomes of the object of unwelcome attention by newcomer Aaron Grady. Things take a strange turn when Lindsey is accused by Aaron's wife, Sylvia, of trying to steal her husband. An entertaining cozy mystery full of good characters and book references. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

Terrific read. McKinlay writes so well. I could not put this book down. I love the series and that the main character is a librarian. A creepy stalker makes Lindsey's life miserable, in the midst of planning her wedding to Sully. The stalker ends up dead and the real killer tries to pin the crime on Sully. It's a race to figure out who is the perpetrator and fit the pieces of the puzzle together. The story is fast paced with deliciously creepy angles.

As usual, McKinlay creates an ideal backdrop of a close knit coastal town as the setting to a great cozy mystery. You'd assume that at this point, book 10 in this series, there would be a staleness but McKinlay keeps it fresh and entertaining. At least for me, the twist was unexpected. I can't wait for the next installment.


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