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Hitting the Books

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This series is always making me feel like I am visiting old friends. It has the charm of a local library, characters that are always quick to come to mind and a mystery that keeps you hanging on every clue. Lindsey always knows how to solve the crime, and I always enjoy coming along for the chase.

This Week’s Tea Time Tuesday

Hitting the Books

A Library Lover’s Mystery, Book 9

by Jenn McKinlay

  • Author: Jenn McKinlay
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Release Date: September 11, 2018
  • I Rate it:    
  • GenreCozy

Book Summary

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…

This Week's Tea & Cozy Mystery Author

Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romantic comedy series. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband's guitars.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

I don’t know how I would handle finding out books were at the scene of the crime. Lindsey though takes it as a challenge to solve this mystery and does an excellent job.  I think it has been a great series, and this book is of course my newest favorite as I grow to love each new release more than the last. I couldn’t imagine my mystery world with out Lindsey and the gang!

Characters

The victim is a friend of Lindsey’s and is certainly in need of saving! I couldn’t believe the string of “bad luck” Theresa faced with each new attempt towards harm. I think the author did a nice job of building our support for her and yet keeping us curious and on the fence with who it could be.

Sully and Lindsey are living together! This is a huge deal for these two characters and I love how real their lives and relationship feels to me. It is a great aspect that adds depth to the stories and creates meaningful moments that build the characters into more than just sleuths and friends.

Cover

Seriously, this cover! It just asks to be in your hands and have you open the story. I love how the scene looks like it is an open book, kinda of asking us to find the clues within the picture. I will say that the covers in this series is the main reason I bought the first mystery in the series, but now they are the added bonus to a delightful story.

Enjoyable Moments

I really like that our victim had many more attempts. Sometimes an author will stop with just one event, but not in this case. I think it added the suspense and drive to solve the crimes. For me this is key point in if I will find the book enjoyable, I would say the pace and way the story-line was drawn out was perfect and engaging.

Synoptic

If you are looking to fall in love with a mystery series and characters, I would say this is the series for you. I could see this story being a standalone or read out of order, but I have really enjoyed reading the series in order. It has all the charm and more for cozy mystery fans. Jenn McKinlay is talented and charming with Lindsey and crew.

I Rate it

I have always thought that if I was out hunting down clues, I would be more like Nancy Drew with a note pad. Now that I have met Lindsey I think I am a mix with her. Who do you find yourself thinking of as the sleuth you would be?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Giveaway

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35 Comments

  1. Lori Smanski

    This sounds like a great book. I am just starting to read cozy mysteries.
    I would so be like Nancy Drew. My daughter loved her. We both learned a lot about keeping organized with her.

    Reply
  2. Cindi Hoppes

    Definitely, Miss Marple! I watched the PBS Show, and read Agatha Christie’s books, with her as the main character! She was quite observant, and used a lot of psychological ploys…
    Thanks, Cindi

    Reply
  3. Gloria Browning

    Probably more of a Charlie Chan type. I love those movies.

    Reply
  4. Debbie Price

    Miss Marple!

    Reply
  5. Sherry Grussing

    I am more of a Mr. Monk kind of detective.

    Reply
  6. Mary Duffer

    Sounds like a great book! This series is on my To Read list.

    I think I would be a combination of Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher. I know that’s a strange combination, but since I’m not a teenager anymore, I’m sure I’d look and act more like Jessica.

    Reply
  7. Sue C

    I could see myself stumbling over a dead body or somehow being in the wrong place and having to become an amateur sleuth like Mae West from one of Tonya Kappes books.

    Reply
    • Bree Herron

      Congrats Sue, you were the lucky chosen reader to receive a copy of this book!

      Reply
  8. Mary

    I see myself as more of a Sherlock.

    Reply
  9. Karen Murphy

    I could see myself as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. I am old and enjoy knitting and church work like Miss Marple.

    Reply
  10. Karen B

    Josie Prescott – Antiques Mystery Series

    Reply
  11. Maryann Anderson

    Not sure which sleuth I would be like. I get to sidetracked too easily to keep going in one direction!?

    Reply
  12. Marie

    I would be a modern day Agatha Christie sleuth.

    Reply
  13. Autumn Trapani

    I think I would be more like Kinsey Milhone. I like her no nonsense attitude.Thanks for the chance to win!

    Reply
  14. Summer Tacy

    I have been reading Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series. I love how she uses her psychology background to solve her mysteries.

    Reply
  15. Maryann

    I would be a mix of Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher. Nancy because of her youthful enthusiasm to solving the mystery and Jessica for her more mature thought processes in solving the mystery.

    Reply
    • Donamae

      Tricia Belden for her curiosity and never giving up.

      Reply
  16. Mary

    I would be a bit more absent minded sleuth.

    Reply
  17. Debbie

    I have two sisters who love to read cozy mysteries and love to bake. I think we we would own a bakery and solve mysteries like Mel & Angie in Jenn’s Cupcake Bakery series or the Swenson sisters in the Joanne Fluke books.

    Reply
  18. Donamae

    Tricia Belden for her curiosity and never giving up.

    Reply
  19. Judith Pariseau

    I always loved Trixie Belden in my childhood but now I am more Jessica Fletcher!!

    Reply
  20. Cynthia Blain

    I think I’d be much like Agatha Raisin in M.C. Beaton’s novels and shows. Agatha would be the kind of person I’d want for a friend
    I can relate to her so much.

    Thank you. Congrats on your latest release.

    Cynthia B

    Reply
  21. LucyReynolds

    I’m an organizer so I would be taking notes. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  22. Megan L.

    I think I’d be a bit like Father Brown or Jessica Fletcher. They dont I tend to get involved but their curiosity gets the best of them.

    Reply
  23. Donna Ingalls

    I would be like Nancy Drew. I loved reading those books when I was growing up.
    This looks like a great read!

    Reply
  24. Melissa

    I would have to say I would be a lot like Lindsey from this series or even Melanie from the cupcake mysteries. Hard to say for sure. Definitely an amateur sleuth, though.

    Reply
  25. Renee Collins

    Definitely Jessica from Murder She Wrote……

    Reply
  26. Elizabeth Moreen

    I would hope to be like Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote. Not only did she solve the mysteries, she was always taking the high road remembering that the truth was the bottom line,

    Reply
  27. Mary S

    I definitely see myself as a Sherlock.

    Reply
  28. Jess D

    I definitely would identify with Nancy Drew. Thanks for the chance.

    Reply
  29. Dianne Casey

    Definitely like Nancy Drew, she was my first favorite sleuth.

    Reply
  30. Vivian Furbay

    I am no sleuth but like to read mystery and suspense books.

    Reply
  31. Kay Garrett

    Think I would be a mix of Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher. 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Jenn McKinlay’s book! Love this author’s books. I can’t think of a one that wasn’t on my TBR list.

    Reply
  32. Michele Snyder

    I would totally be Jessica Fletcher…

    Reply
  33. Michelle Fidler

    Hard to pick one. Miss Marple, Nancy Drew, or Jessica Fletcher are favorites.

    Reply

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