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Books Can Be Deceiving (A Library Lover's Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2011
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About the Author
The hardest decision New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay ever had to make was what to major in during college. Then she discovered the sanctuary of the library and library science—a major that allowed her to study all the subjects. She loves working as a librarian. After all, what other occupation allows you to research the ethnobotanical properties of agave, perform a puppet show for twenty wiggly toddlers and try to answer why the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky, all in the same day? Jenn is also the author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, the Hat Shop Mysteries and the Bluff Point romance series. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a house that is overrun with books, pets, kids and her husband’s guitars.
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First, the Alzheimer patient, with the "I Dream of Jeannie" show that she watched with her sister when they were young. Really? The woman was in her seventies! She would have been a child in the forties, and probably didn't even have a TV in all likelihood.
Secondly, the huge thread hanging: When all is revealed, you never learn how the murderer got to and from the island where the murder took place. It is never mentioned, just completely ignored.
I will read the next two books in the series and hope they improve with no glaring missives.
Her best friend Beth is the children's librarian. Beth is also an aspiring author who is dating a famous children's author. When Beth shows her portfolio to a visiting editor, she is surprised to be called a plagiarist because her boyfriend Rick is set to publish an extremely similar book. When Beth visits the now ex-boyfriend with Lindsay and a local ship's captain, she finds that he has been brutally murdered. The local police chief is convinced that Beth is the murder.Since Lindsay refuses to believe that Beth murdered her plagiarizing ex, she begins her own investigation and discovers interesting and disturbing things about Rick.
I liked Lindsay's new group of friends at the library. The book had some laugh out loud moments when describing Lindsay's attempts to learn the various crafts that were done as a part of the crafting book club. I liked the references to other books and authors. I liked that Lindsay knew the favorite authors of many of her patrons. I liked that Lindsay was beginning to feel at home in Briar Creek.
Fans of cozies and libraries will enjoy this entertaining story.
The characters are very believable and well rounded. The main character, Lindsey Norris is the library director at a small town on the coast of Connecticut. The story is fast paced and there is a new love interest for Lindsey.
The library has a group called the Crafternoon Club. It is such a cute idea. They meet as a book club and they do crafts. Talk about multi tasking! Included in the book are knitting directions for the hat Lindsey is working on throughout the book.
Mary's Clam Chowder is mentioned in almost every other chapter. The recipe is included in the book as well as the recipe for Sully's Hot Chocolate.
If you love books, libraries, cozy mysteries, and knitting you will love these books.
I only wish the author had written more about Lindsey's friend Beth's cats. (maybe in a future story) Then it would have been a perfect cozy!