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2nd in a series that's getting better and better
on April 28, 2012
This series is called the "library lover's mysteries," and both the head librarian Lindsey Norris and the library-related activities hold one's attention nicely. As other reviewers have also commented, Heathcliff (the puppy who was found abandoned in the library's book drop) is a charmer. Ms. McKinlay writes very well about the puppy and his antics, and it's good to see how Lindsay grows to like the puppy so much that she decides to keep him. All in all, the female characters are particularly well-drawn in this second installment, and their friendships are solid, despite the differences in their personalities. There is a bit of humor too that makes for pleasant reading.
There are some characters whose personalities are quite unattractive too, and I thought this aspect was a bit overdone. However, the writing is engaging and has a nice, informal flow. I think this book is an improvement over some other library-related series, such as those by Kate Carlisle and Miranda James. It isn't necessary to read the first book in the series before this one; they can stand alone quite easily.