Saturday, November 27, 2021

Review - One for the Books and Killer Research

Title:   One for the Books
Author:  Jenn McKinlay
Series:  Library Lover's Mystery #11
Publisher:  Berkley
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Allyson Ryan
No. of Pages:   300
Date of Publication:   September 1, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars


Wedding bells are ringing in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Word to the Wise.

Love is in the air in Briar Creek as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. The entire town is excited for the happy day, and Lindsey and Sully's plan for a small wedding evaporates as more and more people insist upon attending the event of the year.

When Lindsey and her crafternoon pals head out to Bell Island to see if it can accommodate the ever-expanding guest list, they are horrified to discover a body washed up on the rocky shore. Even worse, Lindsey recognizes the man as the justice of the peace who was supposed to officiate her wedding ceremony. When it becomes clear he was murdered, Lindsey can't help but wonder if it had to do with the wedding. Now she has to book it to solve the mystery before it ends her happily ever after before it's even begun.... 

I am coming into this series without having read the previous books, but no doubt, Lindsey Norris and Mike (Sully) Sullivan have been working towards a wonderful common goal - marriage. Meanwhile, Lindsey, as a busy library director, has proven to be quite good when it comes to solving crimes. However, that is the last thing on Lindsey and Sully's minds. Instead, their wedding day is approaching and everyone in the town of Briar Creek is excited for the impending nuptials.

Things do not go as planned, however. Not in the least. In fact, a body has washed up at the shore as Lindsey and her friends were about to scout for a wedding venue. The body belongs to the justice of the peace. Now, not only do Lindsey and Sully not have anyone to marry them, Lindsey takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of his death and if it connected to her wedding in any way.

I love cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint. Not only did I read this one, I read book twelve, Killer Research. Even so, I plan on going back and reading the series from the beginning as I love Lindsey, Sully and the crafternoon (cool name!) friends. 

Lindsey is the perfect amateur detective. I enjoyed her being able to work at solving the murder, all while holding on to her plans to marry Sully. Even though I want to catch up and read the first ten books, this delightful story did just fine as a standalone novel. Moreover, I had this book as an audiobook ARC and I really enjoyed the narration, thus making for the perfect afternoon read.

Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. 

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Title:   Killer Research
Author:  Jenn McKinlay
Series:  Library Lover's Mystery #12
Publisher:  Berkley
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Allyson Ryan
No. of Pages:   280
Date of Publication:   November 2, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars


Spring has sprung in Briar Creek, but it is not all sunshine and roses, in the newest Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of One for the Books.

Spring is livening up Briar Creek after a long, cold winter, and newlyweds Lindsey and Sully could not be happier. Even though the upcoming mayoral election is getting heated, everything else in town is coming up daffodils...until a body is found.

Ms. Cole, a librarian and current candidate for town mayor, is shocked when she opens her trunk to discover a murder victim who just so happens to be a guy she dated forty years ago and the founder of the baking empire Nana's Cookies. As the town gossip mill turns, a batch of rumors begins to circulate about Ms. Cole's rebellious youth, which--along with being a murder suspect--threatens to ruin her life and her budding political career. But Ms. Cole is one tough cookie who will not go down without a fight.

Has the campaign for mayor turned deadly? It is up to Lindsey, Sully, and the rest of the crafternoon pals to see how the cookie crumbles and figure out who is trying to frame Ms. Cole for murder and why. 


With no small effort, Lindsey and Sully are now married. A dead body at their wedding put a true damper on things, but Lindsey solved the murder and the nuptials took place. Now a happy couple, Lindsey is getting has gotten back to her job as library director. It is time for another crafternoon event, but when the librarian discovers a body in the trunk of her car everyone gives pause. 

The librarian is Ms. Cole and the body belongs to someone she dated four decades ago. Why would the body of this man be found in her trunk? Was their something about Ms. Cole from all those years ago that would lead to this terrible discovery? And what of the beautiful village of Briar Creek now dealing with yet another murder? 

Leave it to Lindsey and innate skill at solving crimes. From the very start, Lindsey refuses to believe that Ms. Cole had anything to do with the murder. Beyond that, Ms. Cole has a strength that proves that she is more than willing to work with Lindsey to unearth the truth. 

Lindsey is not alone in her quest for the truth. In fact, she has the crafternoon pals (okay, I really love that moniker). Between all of them, they plan on solving the murder, as well as another mystery that is happening right before their eyes.

I loved this book, and the previous one, One for the Books. I do plan on backtracking and reading the first ten books in this delightful cozy mystery series. I got both books as audiobook ARCs and found Allyson Ryan to be the ideal narrator.

Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series and will be debuting a stand alone romantic comedy in July 2020 entitled PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.

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