Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Books Can Be Deceiving - 1st in the Library Lover's Mystery series
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Briar Creek CT
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Jenn's Website/Blog: www.jennmckinlay.com
In the six short months that Lindsey Norris has lived in Briar Creek and been the director of the library, she feels at home. Her best friend, Beth, is the children’s librarian; they have established a crafternoon group where they knit and discuss books; Milton, chairman of the library board, is a dear yet a little eccentric…and she loves every minute of it. Even if she has to put up with the lemon. (There’s always one in the group, isn’t there?)
It’s quite unfortunate that Lindsey ends up in the middle of a murder investigation. You see, it has to do with her friend Beth (who becomes the prime, the only suspect), a broken relationship, secrets, lies, deceit, plagiarism, and as I said, murder.
Sure, it’s too much to hope for that the one-track-minded, bungling and fairly inept Chief Daniels would get off his hefty duff and actually investigate, then Lindsey wouldn’t have to. Then perhaps Beth and Lindsey’s lives wouldn’t be in jeopardy.
I was captivated by the total essence of the book; the feeling of small town community, friendship, and camaraderie mixed in with murder, mayhem, and intrigue. Of course let’s not forget the slight potential love interest (Sully) for Lindsey. The atmosphere of the library, inside and out, made me want to be a patron. I wanted to go to The Blue Anchor and have some of Mary’s clam chowder. I wanted to tag along with Lindsey on her investigation…
With an ensemble cast of characters you’d want to call your friends, and a library you’d want to spend your free time in, Books Can Be Deceiving is a win in my book.
Ms. McKinlay has become one of my favorite authors.
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