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About the Author

Jenn McKinlay is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery and Library Lover's Mystery series. She has also written the Good Buy Girls and the Decoupage Mystery series under the names Josie Belle and Lucy Lawrence, respectively. Jenn studied English literature and library science at Southern Connecticut State University.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Library Lover's Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 2nd Print edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425242188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242186
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having enjoyed Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery mysteries, which are above average for the cozy genre, I was looking forward to BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING. While this is a fairly engaging and quick read, the author expects us to believe at least a few impossible things before breakfast. The murder victim is said to be a Caldecott-winning children's author, yet our librarian heroine apparently has no access to biographical information about him in her library, and no idea how to find any. An Alzheimer's patient in her 70s has happy flashbacks to her childhood, watching I DREAM OF JEANNIE with her sister, a show that only dates back to the mid-1960s. And then there's the art professor who not only poses nude in class for his students, but requires them to do the same. There are certainly some inherently unrealistic aspects to the typical cozy mystery, but this one pushes credibility nearly to the breaking point.
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I am a big fan of McKinlay's other series and have been looking forward to this book ever since I learned it was coming out. This book definitely was worth the anticipation!

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.
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Always looking for new series in the cozy genre and this one caught my eye. Attractive cover art, interesting location, not a very original plot, cast of characters intriguing, good recipes but the issue that drove me crazy was the "how's" were never tired up. Why's were covered but without the "how's" being explained, it was surly lacking validity. I even went back to see if I was napping and had just missed the details but nope, just not there. Disappointing. Not sure I will bother with "Due or Die" for this reason
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I've been a fan of Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake series so I was looking forward to the new series with a librarian as a protagonist. While Ms. McKinlay's writing skills are excellent, the plot left much to be desired. Not only was it a stretch, but there were too few red herrings so I figured out who the killer was within the first 50 pages. However if you enjoy coastal or New England settings, she does an excellent job of portraying life in a small waterfront town. The book did make me want to take a New England vacation.
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It's hard to believe that the author is a librarian writing about a librarian. The first thing a librarian would do when wanting to background someone would be to check the person online. If the library didn't have any commercial online databases, for heaven's sake, she could have at least Googled him, instead all she did was check the book jacket. Ditto for checking the owner of the property. Connecticut property tax info seems to be online, or as an alternative, she could have checked with the county assessor's office. Property ownership is a public record. The only thing Lindsey could think of was to ask the head of her board. In my opinion, that should have been grounds for the board to consider whether they have the right person heading their library.

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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I read cozies often and I have been reading most of the popular series and some of the lessor known ones. I do not know where the Southern Sewing CircleSew Deadly (Southern Sewing Circle Series) falls but this book just reminds me of that series way too much. The book itself was good yet I could not help but notice the striking similarities to the Southern Sewing Circle books. Like how the protagonists are both librarians in towns with the word Briar in the name, having a cheating ex fiancee and the reason for the protagonist relocating,they are having issues with the elder librarian, they craft, and so on. If you have read Elizabeth Lynn Casey's books you will see the parallels it just may be coincidence but I felt obligated to give this book 3 stars for that reason alone it could have easily been a 3.5 to 4 star book but it was lacking in originality. The first in a planned series I was anticipating reading was somewhat of a letdown Lindsay the protagonist lacks any spark or spunk it is hinted at that her best friend Beth has that type of personality however in this book it rarely shines through. I think some character development really needs to take place over the course of the next book and hopefully the author will work on her ending. I do not want to give away the ending but the killer plot twist was a little contrived, add to that an overzealous bumbling sheriff that in reality would have been fired years ago I found some of the characters to be downright annoying and not in the way the author intended.Read more ›
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