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Books Can Be Deceiving (A Library Lover's Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2011
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The book is set in Briar Creek on the coast of Connecticut. I loved the details and descriptions of the area very much. The food descriptions are good too, had me craving clam chowder at several points. There's also a cast of lovely, colorful characters ranging from the women in the Crafternoon Club (combination knitting and book club) to the natives of the town. Lindsey, the main character, is the director of the library in Briar Creek and is thrown into the sleuthing game when her friend Beth who is also the children's librarian becomes the chief "person of interest" in a murder. I won't go into any more detail so as not to spoil it for others, but it's a great story. There is some humor in the book, but it isn't overdone or silly. The plotting is well done and the pacing smooth and even without feeling thin in any way. After reading the book, you feel you know these folks but want to know them better, even have them be your friends. There may even be a romance brewing.
Books Can Be Deceiving will appeal to cozy mystery lovers everywhere, especially ones involving librarians and books. Sometimes when an author starts a new series they read much like the author's other books. That is not the case here. McKinlay's new series is very different from her other series and is excellently written. It's a fresh book and very entertaining. Overall, great, great cozy mystery! I'm already looking forward to the next book in this wonderful new series.
It also annoys me when the main character goes off on his/her own without telling anyone, let alone the police, what is being done. So she didn't trust the police chief, who was a total caricature, she did seem to trust the detective; she could have gone to him.
It was never explained how Astrid knew that Lindsey had the box of Rick/Ernie's property so she could break in and steal it.
I do think the series may have possibilities, and I will probably try the next one.
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As a book lover, mystery lover, and retired librarian/school teacher, I loved the aspects of the librarians, and the childrens' librarian. Have read thousands of books to kids. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Wendi Harper
A captivating story that you won't want to put down. I want to know t g e "back story" of Lindsey since she is now a best friend. I simply have to get to know her better!Published 14 days ago by Jean
I enjoyed it. It was well-written. Perhaps a little too much expansion on trivial descriptions. I imagine the author will
Improve with time
The author does a great job of describing the characters and the setting. I want to visit Briar Creek and meet all the residents. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book is well-crafted, has strong characters, current references,and is just plain fun! Enjoy anywhere and get hooked for sure.Published 20 days ago by Carol Perkins
Once again, a quality product that is worth the money. It was worth the Kindle price of $7.99. Great cozy mystery and I look forward to the next one.Published 23 days ago by kathy lee
Maybe because I am a librarian (retired) I was drawn to this book and this series. True, I have read them somewhat out of order but that hasn't bothered me greatly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Ervin