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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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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.
Lindsey and her friend Beth both work at the Briar Creek Public Library, where Lindsey is the director and Beth is the children's librarian and is also an aspiring writer. Beth's boyfriend, Rick, is a published author but strangely does not support Beth's efforts to try to see a visiting editor from New York who is vacationing in Briar Creek. Rick has a home on a remote island and appears to be doing quite well for himself.
When Rick is deserving of a visit from Beth at his island house, Beth finds him murdered. It becomes a frantic race by Beth and Lindsey to find the real killer when the local police are interested only in pinning it on Beth so that they have a suspect, and they aren't interested in looking beyond her. As the two, with the help of a very likeable character named Sully, try to plan their next steps, many a bowl of chowder is consumed, as well as the excellent hot chocolate that Sully makes.
The setting couldn't be better in this book, as well as the characters. Not all of them are going to be likeable, but they all have their reasons for what they do. Ms. Cole, better known as "the lemon" for her sour demeanor, puts some humor in the story since she is the cross that Lindsey must bear as a new director of the library. Ms. Cole has been there much longer and doesn't let Lindsey forget it.
This is the first in a new cozy mystery series by this author and I'm very much looking forward to the second book. Recommended for all cozy mystery lovers.
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Can't wait to read next book. Enjoyable characters,like the whole group of friends.