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What is the original meaning of the word clue?* Answering tricky reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. That is, until another murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out—for good. Carrie Rushton, the pres What is the original meaning of the word clue?* Answering tricky reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. That is, until another murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out—for good. Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it. When a nor'easter buries the small coastal town, the police are too busy digging out the locals to investigate the murder. With the help of her crafternoon friends and an abandoned puppy they name Heathcliff, Lindsey has to solve the question of who murdered Mr. Rushton before the killer closes the book on Carrie... *a ball of yarn or thread


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What is the original meaning of the word clue?* Answering tricky reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. That is, until another murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out—for good. Carrie Rushton, the pres What is the original meaning of the word clue?* Answering tricky reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. That is, until another murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out—for good. Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it. When a nor'easter buries the small coastal town, the police are too busy digging out the locals to investigate the murder. With the help of her crafternoon friends and an abandoned puppy they name Heathcliff, Lindsey has to solve the question of who murdered Mr. Rushton before the killer closes the book on Carrie... *a ball of yarn or thread

30 review for Due or Die

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    After a good start with book 1 in the series, I was excited to see how the story set off... it's a fun series, and I will continue to read it. In this one, it's all about board elections, weather and the murder of the new president's husband. We know she didn't do it, but who did? Lindsey is back at it again. What's good about this setting is it takes place in a library, so you always feel warm and fuzzy reading the side stories. The people who work there with Lindsey are incredibly different. I After a good start with book 1 in the series, I was excited to see how the story set off... it's a fun series, and I will continue to read it. In this one, it's all about board elections, weather and the murder of the new president's husband. We know she didn't do it, but who did? Lindsey is back at it again. What's good about this setting is it takes place in a library, so you always feel warm and fuzzy reading the side stories. The people who work there with Lindsey are incredibly different. I want to throw the Lemon out the door, but she does bring a nice little foil! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    While not quite as tight as the first book in the series I still found this pretty delightful. Lindsay Norris, the intrepid young director of the Briar Creek Library, is back giving snarky quips to nasty patrons, exchanging scorching glances with local boat captain and town heartthrob Sully, and once again helping to solve a mystery (really, really ham handedly) when the newly elected president of the Friends of the Library is accused of murdering her horrible husband. To be honest the only thing While not quite as tight as the first book in the series I still found this pretty delightful. Lindsay Norris, the intrepid young director of the Briar Creek Library, is back giving snarky quips to nasty patrons, exchanging scorching glances with local boat captain and town heartthrob Sully, and once again helping to solve a mystery (really, really ham handedly) when the newly elected president of the Friends of the Library is accused of murdering her horrible husband. To be honest the only thing that kept me going here was the charm of Lindsay's life in Briar Creek. The mystery is pretty blah. Jenn McKinlay is doing that thing in cozies where the victim tends to be someone that no one likes so there isn't a ton of investment for the reader in finding out who did it. You're kind of glad that Carrie's crappy husband is dead. The other issue is she tends to simply insert a new character as the murderer so there's no wondering if the bad guy is someone we already know. I'm still planning to continue on with this. I really do love Briar Creek and its cast of adorable miscreant townspeople and McKinlay does a really wonderful job giving the reader a window into the world of being a librarian. I just really appreciate how exciting and important and yes, thankless she shows the job to be. Sometimes it really is okay to sacrifice a little plot for nice people and pleasant surroundings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Carrie Rushton has just been elected president of the Friends of the Library. Even though Lindsay Norris isn't a member of the group since she's the head of the library itself, she is thrilled to be working with someone bringing fresh ideas and perspectives. However, after Carrie's first meeting in her new role, she returns home to find her husband shot to death. People are quick to jump to the conclusion that Carrie is guilty, but Lindsay is sure the woman is innocent. Will a winter storm comin Carrie Rushton has just been elected president of the Friends of the Library. Even though Lindsay Norris isn't a member of the group since she's the head of the library itself, she is thrilled to be working with someone bringing fresh ideas and perspectives. However, after Carrie's first meeting in her new role, she returns home to find her husband shot to death. People are quick to jump to the conclusion that Carrie is guilty, but Lindsay is sure the woman is innocent. Will a winter storm coming to the area turn the trail of the real killer cold? While I still don't have all the supporting characters straight in my head, the characters important to this mystery are all well developed. That includes not only the suspects, but the main characters. Thanks to a couple of sub-plots, I found the pacing uneven, although things did pick up for the climax. Things do fit together well, but there is a major timing issue in the climax. It annoys, but it is minor overall. While I always enjoy Jenn's books, I found this one super funny, laughing out loud multiple times over the course of the story. I'm already looking forward to my next stop at this library. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    I thought this one was entertaining and fun. I really like the characters that McKinlay has created for this series, and of course, as a book lover, I couldn't ask for a better setting than a library. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lindsey, Beth, Nancy, Sully, and many of the other great characters. The storyline in this one caught my attention right away, and I was swept up completely in the story. Right after Carrie is elected as the new head of The Friends of the Library, her unpleas I thought this one was entertaining and fun. I really like the characters that McKinlay has created for this series, and of course, as a book lover, I couldn't ask for a better setting than a library. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lindsey, Beth, Nancy, Sully, and many of the other great characters. The storyline in this one caught my attention right away, and I was swept up completely in the story. Right after Carrie is elected as the new head of The Friends of the Library, her unpleasant husband is found murdered in their home. Carrie is the main suspect, although librarian Lindsay knows she couldn't have possibly done this horrible thing. As a dangerous storm rages through their northeastern community, Lindsey and her landlord, Nancy, give Carrie a place to stay so that she won't have to be in the home where her husband was murdered. At the same time they must deal with the storm, they also have to content with a deranged woman who is infatuated with the sour man who lost his position as head of The Friends of the Library. Lindsey and friends must try to identify the killer before Carrie is arrested for a crime not of her making. This book was very quick and easy to read. It moved along at a great pace, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The best part of the book was puppy Heathcliffe, who completely stole the show. I'm already eagerly looking forward to reading the next installment of the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the second series by this author that I am binge reading so far this year. It has been on my TBR list for far too long and I am happy that I finally bumped it up to the to of the pile to read. Jenn McKinlay has a wonderful writing style. I find that she creates wonderful characters that continue to develop and grow as the series unfolds. She crafts them so that they are relatable to here readers which keeps me reading a series. Lindsey is one of those characters. She is smart, mature and This is the second series by this author that I am binge reading so far this year. It has been on my TBR list for far too long and I am happy that I finally bumped it up to the to of the pile to read. Jenn McKinlay has a wonderful writing style. I find that she creates wonderful characters that continue to develop and grow as the series unfolds. She crafts them so that they are relatable to here readers which keeps me reading a series. Lindsey is one of those characters. She is smart, mature and comes across the page as a warm, caring person. The members of the crafternoon club round out the cast nicely and I am looking forward to getting to know their backstories better as I read more books in the series. I loved the addition of Heathcliff to the story and I like that Lindsey and Sully's relationship is unfolding at a natural and realistic pace. I thought the mystery was well done and had me guessing throughout the entire story. I think I did miss a few clues that the author hid with some twists and turns so I was concentrating on another as the killer. This is a fun series and I am really enjoying it. I plan to binge read through the books I have on my shelf (which are books 1 through 5) and then check out my local library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marion Hogervorst

    Being a librarian myself, I can relate to Lindsay and envy her job. But having read many cozy mysteries - and also many way worse than this one, I admit - I still give it 2 stars. When a mystery is not a mystery because you see events happen way before Jenn McKinlay wrote them, the fun in trying to solve the murder is gone. It was an enjoyable but predictable read. Nice for a few hours of mindless reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    This series has become one of my favourite cozy mystery series!looking forward to more books by this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This series is FANTASTIC! I love the characters and the setting and the plots and mysteries of the first two books in the series have been extremely enjoyable. There have been laugh out loud moments in both books and I love the developing relationships of some of the characters, which accounts for some of the most humorous moments. The "crafternoon club" is a fun element to the series as well. There is has been only one or two minor cusswords which I appreciate as someone who doesn't cuss. It's This series is FANTASTIC! I love the characters and the setting and the plots and mysteries of the first two books in the series have been extremely enjoyable. There have been laugh out loud moments in both books and I love the developing relationships of some of the characters, which accounts for some of the most humorous moments. The "crafternoon club" is a fun element to the series as well. There is has been only one or two minor cusswords which I appreciate as someone who doesn't cuss. It's a light fun cozy that's clean. Can't wait to see what happens next in Briar Creek. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    An adorable story for cozy mystery fans. Lindsey Norris makes a great amateur sleuth. I love it when Heathcliff makes his appearance in the book. He'll make your heart melt. It's up to Lindsey to help find out who killed her friend's husband before her friend ends up in jail. I love these type of cozies where it's a small-town setting, and a wonderful group of friends who get together and discuss books. These are delightful books. An adorable story for cozy mystery fans. Lindsey Norris makes a great amateur sleuth. I love it when Heathcliff makes his appearance in the book. He'll make your heart melt. It's up to Lindsey to help find out who killed her friend's husband before her friend ends up in jail. I love these type of cozies where it's a small-town setting, and a wonderful group of friends who get together and discuss books. These are delightful books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    There were a lot of things to enjoy in this book, and despite one or two annoyances I would normally have given it three stars. But, the treatment of mental illness in this book meant that I cannot give more than two stars. I did generally like Lindsey as a protagonist, as well as the others in the supporting cast. I can also say the book was a decent read, in a cozy mystery way (where I never expect exceptionally good writing but am content if it is OK overall). The winter setting was well-descr There were a lot of things to enjoy in this book, and despite one or two annoyances I would normally have given it three stars. But, the treatment of mental illness in this book meant that I cannot give more than two stars. I did generally like Lindsey as a protagonist, as well as the others in the supporting cast. I can also say the book was a decent read, in a cozy mystery way (where I never expect exceptionally good writing but am content if it is OK overall). The winter setting was well-described with enough details to make me feel the cold of the day but not so many to bog down the story. I was a little annoyed by some parts too: >I really got tired of Lindsey mooning and moaning over Sully. -Really, if she likes the guy just ask him out and be done with it, but instead in that tedious, gender-binary normative way she insists (and yes, in so many words insists) that he be the one who asks her out. This cliched and sexist notion annoys me no end in the cozy books. UGH! >I was also annoyed that the book is not really a mystery. -Yes, someone dies. Yes, some scary events happen, but no, no one seems to be investigating the happenings, including the police who are bogged down by the storm. I really hate it when books, again a tedious trope of the cliched cozies, end the way this one did where the murder is not discovered through any type of figuring out of clues. >I was furthered annoyed that Lindsey was annoyed by her friends' skills e.g. someone is able to crochet well, and helps Lindsey with her project and that is 'annoying'. E.g. Sully, who is bigger and stronger than her, is better-able to lift heavy boxes, and that is 'annoying'. Again, in the tedious cozy mystery-type of way, this is a dysfunctional way of relating to one's friends. Why not, instead, be pleased that they have skills and abilities of their own, and that they use these skills to assist you? >I suppose then, I should not be surprised by Lindsey's tacit endorsement of the staff's bullying of a fellow librarian. -yes, the woman is annoying, but Lindsey supports the name-calling and ostracizing of this woman. How is creating and allowing a hostile work environment for an employee OK? (hint, it isn't). How is creating and allowing a hostile work environment for this employee in any way going to provide space for her to work well with the other staff members? (hint, it won't). >Most annoying is the annoying women were also defined by their unusual sizes. Body shaming is not OK, especially as supposed entertainment. -one was exceptionally large (with the accompanying snarky remarks about her size - so NOT OK), while the other was exceptionally small (mentioned the majority of times this character appears). Just once, could one of the bad gals be of average size? Do we need to experience body shaming even in the mystery novels? Finally, beyond annoying, the main aggravation I had with this book is the way the author treats mental illness. Someone needs to tell McKinlay that mental illnesses are, indeed, ILLNESSES . And, people suffering from mental illnesses are often genuinely suffering from these illnesses. She also needs to be told that NO someone disagreeing with you or feeling and angry and upset with you, in NO way makes them mentally ill, 'having a nervous breakdown', or as she puts it 'batty', 'hysterical', 'crazy', 'mental, 'deranged', 'touched in the head', as well as a number of phrases along the line of 'a few books short of a shelf', and even the juvenile act of twirling a finger next to one's temple behind the other person's back. By the way, NONE Of this type of name calling is OK (another form of bullying in the book). In fact, they actually call one character 'Batty Bilson', again collective bullying, this time, apparently by the whole town. Granted, Ms. Bilson engages in some questionable behaviours HOWEVER it is still NOT OK to use this type of name calling. Imagine if, for example, Bilson were instead being treated for cancer, what an uproar it would make if the author chose to have all the other characters call her 'Baldy Bilson'. Because we, the readers, would know that this would be WRONG and HURTFUL to people who are also suffering from cancer. Guess what? This type of name-calling to supposedly 'crazy' characters is WRONG and HURTFUL to those suffering from mental illness. To use this type of name calling for characters who are merely being disagreeable and upset is WORSE. The casual use of mental health terms as weapons against those who annoy us further minimizes and stigmatizes mental illnesses, making it more difficult both for people suffering from mental illness to get health and to live as constructively as possible in their communities. McKinlay should be embarrassed that she chose to deal with mental illness in this way, and really owes her readership and the mental health community a HUGE apology for it. Hmm... I am actually not sure why I gave this book two stars instead of one. I think because the bits I could pick out between the annoyances and aggravations were OK. Also, I have to admit, while the poor treatment of mental health was horrible, the annoyances are what I tend to expect from cozy mysteries, and it would not be fair if I read a cozy then blame it for being a cozy. They are good for brain candy, but as this book proves, they are a poor choice if one is looking for great writing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Another great series by Jenn McKinlay! I think I liked this book more than the first in the series. Lindsey is a likable character and I’m really liking how her relationship with Sully is progressing. The mystery was good and the story flowed nicely. I’m still cold from all the snow in the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    I enjoyed it but I thought the constant riffs on one of the character's mental health status were a little much......I'll definitely continue with the series though since I loved the first one so much. I enjoyed it but I thought the constant riffs on one of the character's mental health status were a little much......I'll definitely continue with the series though since I loved the first one so much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Due or Die 3.5 Stars When Carrie Rushton's obnoxious husband is found shot to death, suspicion naturally falls on the newly elected president of the Friends of the Library. Briar Creek librarian, Lindsay Norris, is convinced of Carrie's innocence and sets out to learn who wanted the nasty man dead. The mystery itself is on the predictable side, and it is relatively easy to predict the culprit and the motive. Nevertheless, the appealing heroine, quirky town residents, and delightful pup more than m Due or Die 3.5 Stars When Carrie Rushton's obnoxious husband is found shot to death, suspicion naturally falls on the newly elected president of the Friends of the Library. Briar Creek librarian, Lindsay Norris, is convinced of Carrie's innocence and sets out to learn who wanted the nasty man dead. The mystery itself is on the predictable side, and it is relatively easy to predict the culprit and the motive. Nevertheless, the appealing heroine, quirky town residents, and delightful pup more than make up for the lack of suspense in the story. Lindsay is a very down-to-earth and appealing heroine. What she lacks in investigative skills, she more than makes up for in her directness and loyalty. The developments in her slow burn romance with Sully add another level of enjoyment to the story. Overall, an entertaining read with engaging characters. I look forward to continuing with the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    When Lindsey Norris is asked to sit in on the elections for the president of the Friends of the Library Committee, she has no idea what she's in for. Bill Stint, a wealthy elderly gentleman, has been president for a very long time and does not take it kindly when sweet nurse Carrie Rushton is unanimously elected. He blames Lindsey, as does Marjorie Bilson, a local woman who has been in love with Bill forever. Marjorie's antics leave Lindsey wondering whether Marjorie is a few pages short of a bo When Lindsey Norris is asked to sit in on the elections for the president of the Friends of the Library Committee, she has no idea what she's in for. Bill Stint, a wealthy elderly gentleman, has been president for a very long time and does not take it kindly when sweet nurse Carrie Rushton is unanimously elected. He blames Lindsey, as does Marjorie Bilson, a local woman who has been in love with Bill forever. Marjorie's antics leave Lindsey wondering whether Marjorie is a few pages short of a book. Then Carrie returns home to discover her husband has been shot dead. Who could have done it? The police obviously suspect Carrie but Lindsey wonders if it was a set up to reinstate Bill. She already has her hands full working full time and caring for a puppy someone left in the book drop and wondering when or if Sully was going to ask her out before Bill's nephew Edmund does, she has little time to investigate a mystery. Lindsey is certain Carrie didn't kill Marcus but when strange things begin happening around Lindsey, she feels certain she knows who did it, if only they could get a confession. Hooray! Jenn McKinlay also felt this cozy mystery needed a pet. It's not enough to have books, crafts and recipes all in one series. The story is enriched by the addition of Heathcliff, a pit bull/Schnauzer mutt someone left in the library book drop. He's very sweet and friendly. I was disappointed he wasn't a Scottie as depicted on the cover but I loved him anyway. He's the best character in the story and advances some of the action. As for the mystery, it kept me guessing though I did wonder.... I was thrown off by something but I wasn't surprised at the reveal. This isn't the most complicated of Jenn McKinlay's mysteries. The focus is more on the library and library life, which I like. I love Crafternoons and how Beth is always wearing a crazy costume for story hour. This book contains spoiler alerts for A Room With a View and Wuthering Heights. Good thing I've seen two adaptations of A Room With a View or I would have been mad. I love the introduction of rare books at the end. It's amazing how Lindsey remembers what everyone in town likes to read. I like that a lot about her. What I don't like about her is how she has to wait for a man to ask her out. It's one thing to swear off men and another to be attracted to someone and wait for them to ask you out. Ugh. Just ask him already. Nancy and Lindsey's other friends are funny and charming. They care for her a lot and know her better than she knows herself. New characters in this story include Carrie and Marcus Rushton. Carrie is a sweetheart of a woman married to a man-child who thinks the world has it out for him and expects to be taken care of. Marcus was a loser but he didn't deserve to die like that. I was surprised he was the one who was murdered. I kept thinking someone else had been murdered until they popped back into the story again. Another new character is Bill Stint. He's a crotchety, prejudiced old man who likes his power trip and doesn't understand no one else does. He's nasty to Lindsey for no good reason. Marjorie Bilson has been in love with him forever and to her unbalanced mind, Bill is a god and she would literally do anything for him. This is a little creepy. I found Edmund off-putting for some reason. Probably because Lindsey thought he reminded her of her cheating ex. I wish I had the time to continue this series. I want to see where it's going but I don't have time right now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Cute cozy. Love the fact that the heroine that does not think and act as if she is better than professionals at investigating the murder. Yes, she does go off and question people; not always subtlety - often too forthright. But at least she tries to have a reason to talk to these people other than to question them; not at all like some cozy heroines who think they just have the right to walk into someone's home or business and question them. I also like the supporting story of Lindsey's "fosteri Cute cozy. Love the fact that the heroine that does not think and act as if she is better than professionals at investigating the murder. Yes, she does go off and question people; not always subtlety - often too forthright. But at least she tries to have a reason to talk to these people other than to question them; not at all like some cozy heroines who think they just have the right to walk into someone's home or business and question them. I also like the supporting story of Lindsey's "fostering" a puppy dumped in the book drop at the library she directs. Its obvious to everyone that this dog has chosen Lindsey as his pack leader, but though she has very loving and protective feelings for the pup, she keeps resisting the idea of actually adopting him herself. She is also slow to pickup on the attraction of harbor worker, Mike Sullivan for her. She insists they are just good friends. Admittedly, Mike is a bit too low key and not obvious in his real feelings. I can see why Lindsey thought they were just friends. The relationships gets bit of a jump start in this book, which was nice to see and a satisfying end. Look forward to others.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Reads Books

    LOVE this series!!!! I think I'm drawn to it because it's set in a library but I also just love the way the author brings in so much detail to the story. I like the character's back stories, their interactions with other characters, and the small town feel of the book. LOVE this series!!!! I think I'm drawn to it because it's set in a library but I also just love the way the author brings in so much detail to the story. I like the character's back stories, their interactions with other characters, and the small town feel of the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Well, the weather outside is frightful...and so is the murder of the newly-elected president of the Friends of the Library's husband. Lindsey knows that Carrie could not have done this, but the evidence is stacking up like a pile of unread books! Added to that, there's a nor'easter determined to cover the town in snow, and someone has deposited a puppy in the book drop of the library! Now Lindsey has to solve a murder, find a pup a home, and figure out who stole boxes of rare books, all while tr Well, the weather outside is frightful...and so is the murder of the newly-elected president of the Friends of the Library's husband. Lindsey knows that Carrie could not have done this, but the evidence is stacking up like a pile of unread books! Added to that, there's a nor'easter determined to cover the town in snow, and someone has deposited a puppy in the book drop of the library! Now Lindsey has to solve a murder, find a pup a home, and figure out who stole boxes of rare books, all while trudging though a blizzard. Of course, the crafternoon book group will be on hand to assist in the sleuthing...and the puppy sitting, and Heathcliff (the puppy) is quite a hit with everyone. Will the murder be solved? Will the books be found? Will Heathcliff find his forever home? And, WILL THIS DARNED SNOW EVERY STOP??? Another fun romp with just enough twists and turns to be interesting, characters you want to spend time with, spritely conversation, and a couple of recipes you'll want to try (and a set of craft instructions along with a book club discussion page!) ~mutters to self~ mighta' been better if Heathcliff were a kitten...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Last night I checked my library and found that I could borrow the books from the Library Lover series. I put a hold on a couple of the books and downloaded the 2nd volume of the series. I couldn't sleep, I read into the night and finished it this morning. It was good to learn about the background of the characters in this series. They were developed and the descriptions were good. Lindsay North is work at the library for about a year now. She is starting to put her 'stamp' on the library. One emp Last night I checked my library and found that I could borrow the books from the Library Lover series. I put a hold on a couple of the books and downloaded the 2nd volume of the series. I couldn't sleep, I read into the night and finished it this morning. It was good to learn about the background of the characters in this series. They were developed and the descriptions were good. Lindsay North is work at the library for about a year now. She is starting to put her 'stamp' on the library. One employee is upset as she didn't like change and has earned the nickname 'the Lemon'. Someone dumps a dog in the book return slot. Friends of the Library changed their President. The dislike husband of The new President is shot. An extremely strong snowstorm hits the area. Lindsay has work to handle these events. I highly recommend this book and series. Recipes and a crochet pattern are included.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    It's a cold January in Connecticut, but the murderers are still doing their thing. Lindsey's library has a new board president, and she's married to a nasty deadbeat. When the deadbeat ends up shot, Lindsey decides to play detective. Dear author: stop saying people 'manning' things. What does that even mean. Why do you constantly describe what people are wearing? An entire paragraph's worth! It's a waste of time, and looks like a filler. For christ's sake you're a woman, stop with the misogyny. Bo It's a cold January in Connecticut, but the murderers are still doing their thing. Lindsey's library has a new board president, and she's married to a nasty deadbeat. When the deadbeat ends up shot, Lindsey decides to play detective. Dear author: stop saying people 'manning' things. What does that even mean. Why do you constantly describe what people are wearing? An entire paragraph's worth! It's a waste of time, and looks like a filler. For christ's sake you're a woman, stop with the misogyny. Book two is basically book one, but a different woman is suspected, a different woman is the crazy lady, and of course there's a different killer. I like Lindsey, and I like Sully. I wish the author would make Lindsey's friends stronger leads, and develop their characters more. Hopefully that will come. But enough already with "manning desks"!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    It took me way longer than I'd originally planned to finally get around to reading the second book in this series. I fell in love with little Heathcliff, the puppy that pawed his way into Lindsey's heart. I liked that she and Sully were getting closer too. I had a growing feeling of whodunit, and I was right, but it was interesting to see it unfold and how Lindsey figured it out. The showdown was nail biting and readers got to see a whole different side of one of the characters. I love what acci It took me way longer than I'd originally planned to finally get around to reading the second book in this series. I fell in love with little Heathcliff, the puppy that pawed his way into Lindsey's heart. I liked that she and Sully were getting closer too. I had a growing feeling of whodunit, and I was right, but it was interesting to see it unfold and how Lindsey figured it out. The showdown was nail biting and readers got to see a whole different side of one of the characters. I love what accidentally happened that helped get help for Lindsey, and the book's ending was super sweet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    A really fun read

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Pretty sure all the books by Jenn Mckinlay are going to keep me on my reading goals for this year. Super quick reads, but fun and interesting, even if a little predictable. With grad school and a myriad of other projects, its nice to get lost in a quick cozy mystery.

  24. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Lindsey Norris is back and there is a big shake up at the library when the president of the Friends of the Library group, Bill Sint, is ousted after serving for several years. He is replaced by Carrie Rushton and one of Bill’s supporters starts to take things a little too far, but would “Batty” Bilson commit murder? Carrie Rushton’s husband in found dead and all the evidence points at Carrie, but Lindsey knows she is innocent. To make matters worse the murder investigation takes a backseat when a Lindsey Norris is back and there is a big shake up at the library when the president of the Friends of the Library group, Bill Sint, is ousted after serving for several years. He is replaced by Carrie Rushton and one of Bill’s supporters starts to take things a little too far, but would “Batty” Bilson commit murder? Carrie Rushton’s husband in found dead and all the evidence points at Carrie, but Lindsey knows she is innocent. To make matters worse the murder investigation takes a backseat when a nor’easter buries the small town of Briar Creek. The entire community is forced to wait out the storm and then dig out after it passes. Lindsey can’t just stay cooped up and wait for others to investigate. Librarians are always asked tricky reference questions but Who killed Markus Rushton? is the most difficult posed to Lindsey yet. With the help of her friends and a very special canine, she does her best to find the answer to that question before she finds herself checked out permanently. Dollycas’s Thoughts I love it! I Love It! I LOVE IT!!! Jenn has created another awesome cozy set in one of my favorite places, the local library. Old “lemon” Mrs. Cole has returned and I think her face is more puckered than ever. A new character, Heathcliff, has joined the fun and at the perfect time. I thought winter’s in Wisconsin were bad but those nor’easters that hit Connecticut are something else. I would enjoy being snowed in with a good book like this one, curled up in front of fire, reading by the light of the flames, but then there is that nasty murderer running around. Poor Lindsey just can’t catch a break, but she does catch the killer. This story is fast paced, I couldn’t put it down. There are great friendships, a romance that is building, an engaging mystery and a big dose of humor, most provided by the lovable Heathcliff. I love the way Jenn McKinlay writes. I feel like I am right in the room observing the action. I am anxiously waiting the next installment, Book, Line and Sinker, coming in December. I can’t wait to see what Lindsey and the gang are up to next!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    KarenF

    Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy authors. I love the Cupcake Bakery books and now this Library series is quickly becoming a favorite as well. Lindsay Norris is a likeable protagonist and the secondary characters have enough quirks to be interesting but aren't kooky enough to be caricatures. I like how Lindsay knows what everyone in town likes to read and all the book references sprinkled throughout. Puppy Heathcliff makes an adorable addition to the cast (and didn't get forgotten about un Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy authors. I love the Cupcake Bakery books and now this Library series is quickly becoming a favorite as well. Lindsay Norris is a likeable protagonist and the secondary characters have enough quirks to be interesting but aren't kooky enough to be caricatures. I like how Lindsay knows what everyone in town likes to read and all the book references sprinkled throughout. Puppy Heathcliff makes an adorable addition to the cast (and didn't get forgotten about unlike another recent cozy). Sully is a wonderful potential love interest and I'm loving their slow burn romance. I did kind of figure out the mystery, but not all aspects of it. But that took nothing away from my enjoyment of the book. I'm looking forward to more in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Avery

    This is the second book in the series that I read and I loved it! I actually loved this one a bit more than the other! The mystery was great, even though I had an idea who it was. I also loved the setting and the characters are awesome! I especially like the building love connection that has continued from the first book into this one. I recommend to anyone who loves mysteries or a love story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    There is just something about rereading a favorite cozy series. It is so comforting!! If you haven't read this series yet, you should!! There is just something about rereading a favorite cozy series. It is so comforting!! If you haven't read this series yet, you should!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Lindsey has been at the library for a year and she is still getting used to riding her bike, especially in the cold weather. When the Friends have a vote to elect a new president, the old one becomes angry and she is asked to come and make sure all is fair. When the old president is ousted from his position, he is angry and blames her for the problem. The girl who has a serious crush on him starts attacking Lindsey and anyone else keeping him from being president and keeps demanding that he be p Lindsey has been at the library for a year and she is still getting used to riding her bike, especially in the cold weather. When the Friends have a vote to elect a new president, the old one becomes angry and she is asked to come and make sure all is fair. When the old president is ousted from his position, he is angry and blames her for the problem. The girl who has a serious crush on him starts attacking Lindsey and anyone else keeping him from being president and keeps demanding that he be put back into his position. Then when Carrie's husband is found dead and then the attacks on Lindsey start happening. After a winter storm hits the area, the books for the Friends have to be moved, they find some of the more valuable ones missing. Lindsey feels the need to find out what happened and who killed Carrie's husband and who is behind all the attacks on her. Book 2 and still just as good. This is the book that introduces Heathcliff. These can be read out of order and still make sense.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I am so thankful that the narrator for this book was so lovely. She doesn't do ALL the voices that well, but she is a sight better than most of the narrators I have had to endure as of late. I really like this book/series. I like the characters and the setting; I mean, a LIBRARY!! YAY!!! One of my most favorite places these days [besides Starbucks or Redhawk Coffee] is Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. It is so soothing and wonderful and I love every second I am there. The librarians are awesome a I am so thankful that the narrator for this book was so lovely. She doesn't do ALL the voices that well, but she is a sight better than most of the narrators I have had to endure as of late. I really like this book/series. I like the characters and the setting; I mean, a LIBRARY!! YAY!!! One of my most favorite places these days [besides Starbucks or Redhawk Coffee] is Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. It is so soothing and wonderful and I love every second I am there. The librarians are awesome and the amount of books we have access to when we are there completely blows my mind. That is what I think about when I read these books - it takes me right to that place and I think that is one of the main reasons I adore this series. About the time things started falling apart in the book, I started putting things together - though the reveal of the why shouldn't have surprised me but did. But it didn't take away from the book on the whole. Looking forward to the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is a cozy mystery set in a northeastern town of modern day. Lindsay Norris, the newly hired library director of the small town, has her hands full with an associate who resents her being hired, a nor'easter that bears down on the town, two gentlemen interested in her, and gossipy townspeople who are very eager to manage her love life. Add to that the death of a local man whose demise casts guilt on Lindsay herself and puts her in danger from a whacky woman with a romantic crush on the dead This is a cozy mystery set in a northeastern town of modern day. Lindsay Norris, the newly hired library director of the small town, has her hands full with an associate who resents her being hired, a nor'easter that bears down on the town, two gentlemen interested in her, and gossipy townspeople who are very eager to manage her love life. Add to that the death of a local man whose demise casts guilt on Lindsay herself and puts her in danger from a whacky woman with a romantic crush on the dead man. As all cozy mysteries go, this one is light and fast-paced. Look to this series, of which this book is #2, as a break from more serious literature you may be reading. I love the setting in a library.

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