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Due or Die (A Library Lover's Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
What worked for me:
The characters are great; completely fleshed out, likeable and easy to relate to. Lindsey, as the library director and her best friend, Beth, the children's librarian are my favorites as they do day to day business in the library under the disapproving eye of "The Lemon". Ms. Cole, or as Lindsey and Beth call her, "The Lemon" due to her acerbic personality lends some spice to the library group.Bill Sint, ousted president of Friends and his main supporter Marjorie," Batty Bilson" lent some real color to the cast of characters.
The setting: coastal Connecticut town is well done. I always get the feeling I am right among the townspeople eating chowder at the local watering hole while watching the ocean motion. This time a nor'easter threatens the town and it took me right back to living in New England in winter.
The ending was pretty good even after a few false starts. The great reveal did make sense to me.
Now for my quibble:
It was a good 1/2 of the way into the book before more suspects other than Carrie were introduced and they were pulled out of left field (in my opinion) with very weak motives.
Even with this minor quibble, the book is a fun read. However, I did rate it a 3.5* instead of 4* for this very reason. I like to see more credible suspects either in the pre-murder build-up or right after murder is committed.
Lindsey Norris, the library director, is asked by Carrie Rushton if she would attend the Friends of the Library meeting at which the election of president of the group will be held. The current president Bill Sint has been making uncalled for comments about her opposing him for president. Sint is even more upset when he find out that Carrie has won the election. When Carrie gets home from the library she finds that her husband has been shot through the window while he was sitting in his chair. Of course Carrie is the prime suspect, even though she has a pretty good alibi. Lindsey invites her to spend to come and stay at the house where she lives until Carrie's family arrives.
Before the police can really get a good investigation started a nor'easter hits, paralyzing the little town. So, with the help of her friends, Nancy, her hunky Sully, Beth and Carrie put their heads together to make up there own list of suspects. Throw in Lindsey almost be run down and being locked in a storage room things need to be solved before another body is discovered.
Another delightful character is introduced in this book, Heathcliff. Heathcliff is a young puppy that was found just after the nor'easter in the book drop-chute at the library. He is a mixed breed and does all the things that puppies do, be adorable. But he almost helps find Lindsey when she goes missing. I think he has found a furever home with Lindsey.
Will be looking forward to the next book in this interesting series.
A nor’easter buries the small town of Briar Creek, and library director Lindsey Norris has to step in and solve the crime because the police are distracted by the storm and appear to be taking the path of least resistance in solving the crime. Add in a whackadoodle who is obsessed with returning Bill to his former glory, a homeless puppy someone left in the book drop, Lindsey’s budding romance with a hunky charter boat captain, and her meddling friends and you’ve got an enjoyable read.
I love the scene-setting and descriptions in this book. The chapters covering the snowstorm had me wanting to put on a heavy coat and mittens. The addition of Heathcliff, the possible Pit Bull/Schnauzer cross drew me further into the storyline. I’m a sucker for homeless pets and Heathcliff is a welcome addition to the cast of recurring characters.
The Library Lover’s series isn’t filled with gripping, edge-of-your-seat action, but I am still intrigued by the characters and their relationships – they are what draw me to this series. I feel like I’m hanging out with friends. The day-to-day details of running a library, dealing with a staff with diverse personalities and navigating office politics ring true. Lindsey continues to grow into her job and I cheer her standing up to The Lemon (the circulation desk librarian). I’m hoping Lindsey will kick that crankypants to the curb … maybe in book No.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good reading. Was nice to read of co-workers/girlfriends sticking together. I will read Some more by this author in a few weeks.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
With the 2nd book in the series of A Library Lover's Mystery, I enjoyed the character development and nice to see a "clean" relationship develop between Lindsey and Sully. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Library Lady
This series has me captivated. Waiting impatiently for newest release!Published 5 months ago by Dawn M. Pietruk
More depth of characters..Lindsey and her job as Director of Library comes with pains. The Volunteers need to vote on their new Head of Friends of the Library. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joanne
The characters are fun yet real. Good story, and the romantic tension between her and Sully makes a good mystery even more enjoyable. Read morePublished 12 months ago by lynkzarama
This is a great series! I'm reading them all. The author usually has several issues going on at once and the ends are always suspenseful and action-packed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Catherine A., Jones
I think Jenn has pulled me into this series, I am enjoying it much more than the first cozy mystery series that I tried reading. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wendy Newcomb