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It's murder by the book in the latest hit Library Lover's mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Stacks. When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. It's murder by the book in the latest hit Library Lover's mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Stacks. When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. Before Lindsey can delve into the library's records, the victim of the hit and run, Theresa Houston, suffers another "accident" and the investigation shifts from driver negligence to attempted homicide. A clue surfaces in the confiscated library materials that could crack open the case and it is up to Lindsey to piece it all together. But things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek and when the driver of the stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff and her library friends have to hit the books before the murderer gets the last word...


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It's murder by the book in the latest hit Library Lover's mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Stacks. When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. It's murder by the book in the latest hit Library Lover's mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Stacks. When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books. Before Lindsey can delve into the library's records, the victim of the hit and run, Theresa Houston, suffers another "accident" and the investigation shifts from driver negligence to attempted homicide. A clue surfaces in the confiscated library materials that could crack open the case and it is up to Lindsey to piece it all together. But things are not as they seem in the sleepy town of Briar Creek and when the driver of the stolen car turns up dead, Lindsey, her staff and her library friends have to hit the books before the murderer gets the last word...

30 review for Hitting the Books (Library Lover's Mystery, #9)

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    The 'Library Lover's Mystery' series by Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. By reading the 9th book, Hitting the Books, I'm now current and eagerly awaiting the 10th one due to be released later this year. Although I thought this one was too simple from a mystery plot perspective, I enjoyed all the normal library shenanigans and small town community relationships. When Lindsey notices a friendly library patron--famed tennis player, Theresa Huston--run down by a car, she tries The 'Library Lover's Mystery' series by Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. By reading the 9th book, Hitting the Books, I'm now current and eagerly awaiting the 10th one due to be released later this year. Although I thought this one was too simple from a mystery plot perspective, I enjoyed all the normal library shenanigans and small town community relationships. When Lindsey notices a friendly library patron--famed tennis player, Theresa Huston--run down by a car, she tries to save the woman. Luckily, she's only injured and survives the accident. Then Lindsey's friend, Charlie, is hit by the same driver later that day. A gunman is shooting throughout the town. Is someone attempting to knock off Briar Creek residents? Or is it a misunderstanding? Emma, the Chief of Police, asks Lindsey to look into some library books that were in the car (once it's found), and it leads them to a young kid we've met before in a prior book. Liza, Theresa's soon-to-be step-daughter, is worried sick, but she's acting strangely, too. Ultimately, Larry, the soon-to-be husband and Liza's father, knows more than he's saying about his ex-wife, Liza's mother, who supposedly died. It comes together in a crashing finale where we know who and why, but I was left a little disappointed at the minimal amount of suspects and detail surrounding how it all came to pass. That said, it wasn't enough to detract or worry me from moving on. I just think it could've been stronger to really intrigue me as to what was going on behind the scenes. Instead, I found the normal comings-and-goings around the library as my focal point. From 'The Lemon' to Mary's new baby, we had great moments of sentimentality and thought-provoking questions about Lindsey's relationship with Sully. Will he wants kids? How are they doing now that they're living together? What's Beth's new marriage like? I enjoy the side stories, so I am still happy with the book and will keep reading the future ones.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    When you want and need to read something light and fun, you can't go wrong with anything Jenn McKinlay has written, but I say she has a little thriller writer buried deep down inside who's begging to be turned loose. Hitting the Books opens with that hit and run scene, and it made my heart jump into my throat. (And that's not the only scene which had that effect on me.) In this latest Library Lovers mystery, McKinlay has upped her game to a whole new level. From the pedal-to-the-metal pacing to a When you want and need to read something light and fun, you can't go wrong with anything Jenn McKinlay has written, but I say she has a little thriller writer buried deep down inside who's begging to be turned loose. Hitting the Books opens with that hit and run scene, and it made my heart jump into my throat. (And that's not the only scene which had that effect on me.) In this latest Library Lovers mystery, McKinlay has upped her game to a whole new level. From the pedal-to-the-metal pacing to an ingenious plot with a solution that blindsided me, I enjoyed every moment. What's even better-- McKinlay never once forgets her characters. Longtime fans are going to love the romantic doings between Lindsay and Sully, and since the author knows how to use a light touch, this I-don't-care-for-romance-in-my-mystery reader (me) loved it, too. Readers who haven't found that special person are going to read this and think, "That's what I want," and those of us who have been supremely lucky are just going to have big smiles on our faces. It wouldn't be a McKinlay novel without the author's trademark humor, and there's plenty to be found here, as well as characters who change as they experience different things throughout this series of books. And may I just say that I'm thrilled to see that librarian fixture Ms. Cole (AKA "The Lemon") is changing as well. Watching her evolve from mean and nasty to almost-human is a joy. Speaking of librarians, the scenes in which Lindsey faces down the law over the subject of patrons' privacy highlight one of the many reasons why librarians are rock stars. Hitting the Books hits all the right notes. Thrilling action scenes, the right touch of romance, laugh-out-loud moments, a compelling mystery, and characters you'd invite in your house for coffee. After watching McKinlay flex her writing chops in this book, I can't wait for the next Library Lovers mystery!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda 📚

    I really enjoyed this cozy! It’s a pageturner that I didn’t want to put down, and finished it it two days! This is the first time I’ve read a Library Lover’s Mystery, and I enjoyed the characters. This story can definitely stand alone without reading previous books, however, now I want to read all the previous stories beginning with book one! Excellent!

  4. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Library Director Lindsey Norris finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. While looking out a library window she witnesses a hit and run. The victim survives and there is a second attempt on her life. The car used is found and appears to be stolen. A clue found tells police that a library patron may be connected to the crime. Before Lindsey has time to “check out” the clue the driver who committed the hit and run is killed. Lindsey knows her research is now Dollycas’s Thoughts Library Director Lindsey Norris finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. While looking out a library window she witnesses a hit and run. The victim survives and there is a second attempt on her life. The car used is found and appears to be stolen. A clue found tells police that a library patron may be connected to the crime. Before Lindsey has time to “check out” the clue the driver who committed the hit and run is killed. Lindsey knows her research is now a top priority so the murderer can be caught before another Briar Creek resident is checked out permanently. Book 9 in this series and it is still fresh and new. Lindsey has evolved so much since the beginning, She and Sully have even moved in together. There are still adjusting to the move, but it is presented very realistically. In fact, all the characters are well fleshed out and feel like old friends, even Ms. Cole. Lindsey is a keen amateur sleuth and she Police Chief Emma Plewicki have built up a friendship and understanding that means they can work together. In this installment, Lindsey stands up for her patron’s rights and makes Emma get a warrant for the needed information. Friendship only goes so far 🙂 This story seemed to move at a faster pace than previous books. Starting with the hit and run that moved me to the edge of my seat and continuing on through subsequent scary moments and investigations the pages were flying. Seriously, I was reading a print copy, not a Kindle copy, my one working hand couldn’t flip those pages fast enough and yes, I read the whole thing in one sitting. I love the way Jenn McKinlay writes. The mystery is superb, her characters shine, her humor sparkles in all the right places, the romance never overtakes the mystery, and its theme is set in a library. What more could a bibliophile ask for? The only thing I can think of is book #10 in this series! This is my new favorite book in the series and will hold a place on my Best Reads of 2018 list! I absolutely loved it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Hitting the Books was a filled with quirky hometown characters with a fun and easy entertainment vibe that included a good mystery. I enjoyed the hometown, where everyone knows everyone, feel. I'm going to be vague but I did have an issue with specific character's immaturity and naivete, I can't see anyone being a young adult and that clueless and controllable. In the end, I really enjoyed getting to know the Library Lover's clan. The characters are written to be familiar, your neighbor next doo Hitting the Books was a filled with quirky hometown characters with a fun and easy entertainment vibe that included a good mystery. I enjoyed the hometown, where everyone knows everyone, feel. I'm going to be vague but I did have an issue with specific character's immaturity and naivete, I can't see anyone being a young adult and that clueless and controllable. In the end, I really enjoyed getting to know the Library Lover's clan. The characters are written to be familiar, your neighbor next door, type characters that invest the reader into the character's plight. I received this ARC copy of Hitting the Books from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. b>Hitting the Books is set for publication 11 Sep 2018. My Rating: 4 stars Written by: Jenn McKinlay Series: A Library Lover's Mystery Sequence in Series: Book 9 Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: September 11, 2018 ISBN-10: 0451492676 ISBN-13: 978-0451492678 Genre: Mystery | Woman's Lit Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hitting-Books-... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hitt... Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hitt... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    Every time I see a new book releasing in McKinlay's Library Lovers series, I do a little happy dance inside. And then I try my hardest to get an advance copy somehow because I've already waiting a year or so and simply can't wait any longer. Such was the case with "Hitting the Books." In this installment, someone is trying to kill the town tennis coach before she can marry the man of her dreams and once again, Lindsey ends up in the thick of things. I don't want to give a lot away since this is Every time I see a new book releasing in McKinlay's Library Lovers series, I do a little happy dance inside. And then I try my hardest to get an advance copy somehow because I've already waiting a year or so and simply can't wait any longer. Such was the case with "Hitting the Books." In this installment, someone is trying to kill the town tennis coach before she can marry the man of her dreams and once again, Lindsey ends up in the thick of things. I don't want to give a lot away since this is the 9th book in the series, but I love the progression McKinlay provides us for this town and the characters. Reading "Hitting the Books" really was like visiting with some old friends. Lindsey is such a wonderful character and even though she sometimes ends up in over her head, she always has a cast of loyal friends and family to help her out. In fact, I really can't think of one character I don't like in Briar Creek. Even Ms. Cole (aka The Lemon), the grumpy librarian, has grown on me over the years. If you like cozy mysteries and aren't reading this series, then you need to - immediately. I will continue to recommend them as much as possible and only hope the author doesn't have an end in sight! (Hey Jenn, is there an end in sight???? Now I'm worried). Also, since I am using this for the #DogDaysofSummer readathon, I must mention Heathcliff, Lindsey's best friend and faithful companion. That's him on the cover, sniffing out trouble. Many times throughout the series Heathcliff has saved Lindsey and I really don't know what she would do without him. I received a copy of "Hitting the Books" from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Although I missed a couple in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's mystery series, it's always satisfying to return to Briar Creek, Connecticut. It's like meeting up with old friends, Library Director Lindsey Norris, her boyfriend, Sully, Captain Mike Sullivan, her children's librarian, Beth, and all the members of Lindsey's crafternoon group. With developments in Lindsey's personal life, Hitting the Books is even more satisfying for those of us who are rooting for her. Lindsey's trying to avoid a baby Although I missed a couple in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's mystery series, it's always satisfying to return to Briar Creek, Connecticut. It's like meeting up with old friends, Library Director Lindsey Norris, her boyfriend, Sully, Captain Mike Sullivan, her children's librarian, Beth, and all the members of Lindsey's crafternoon group. With developments in Lindsey's personal life, Hitting the Books is even more satisfying for those of us who are rooting for her. Lindsey's trying to avoid a baby hand-off, so she's watching out the library window when an out-of-control car hits the local tennis coach, and speeds off. She and two other witnesses have conflicting accounts to give to Police Chief Emma Plewicki, but Lindsey's sure that car aimed at Theresa Huston. When there's a second attempt on Theresa's life, Lindsey wonders if Theresa is the target, or her wealthy fiance. Anyone who knows Lindsey Norris knows she won't be able to keep her nose out of the investigation. This time, though, the police chief wants Lindsey's help. There are library cds found in the abandoned, stolen car, and Plewicki hopes they'll be a clue to the killer. Before the police chief can even get a subpoena for library records, her suspect is found dead. And, Lindsey's answers only lead to an amusing scenario. McKinlay's latest Library Lover's mystery is delightful with hints of the gothic. There's a figure at the window, and a couple other moments right out of gothic stories, ones that I won't reveal because of spoilers. Hitting the Books is another one of Jenn McKinlay's entertaining mysteries with likable characters, and a dislikable villain. Add just a touch of romance, and it's a charming cozy to check out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Jenn McKinley has been on my TBR list for a long time. This book appear on myshelf, I decided to requested even though it is the 9th book in the Library Lovers series. I will definitely read her again. I was able to follow it but reading the previous books would have help me understand the characters better. Lindsey Norris, the head librarian and her dog, Heathcliff have been living with her boyfriend Scully, a retired naval captain for 6 months They are learning to live with each other. Lindsey Jenn McKinley has been on my TBR list for a long time. This book appear on myshelf, I decided to requested even though it is the 9th book in the Library Lovers series. I will definitely read her again. I was able to follow it but reading the previous books would have help me understand the characters better. Lindsey Norris, the head librarian and her dog, Heathcliff have been living with her boyfriend Scully, a retired naval captain for 6 months They are learning to live with each other. Lindsey is at the library were sees Theresa Houston hit by a car speeding through town. Lindsey gets involved in the case. Theresa has only a broken leg. While healing,Theresa is recovering another attempt is made to kill her. The twist and turns the tale takes will keep you reading until done. Who is trying to kill Theresa? Does the million dollar insurance policy play into it? Will Lindsey and her friends safe Theresa's life? Long time readers will like the ending. I highly recommend this book. Recipes are included. Disclosure: Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Picked this up, hoping for it to be a light, quick, easy read. It was! Highly recommend this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    In this latest edition of the library lovers series Lindsey has just moved in with her boyfriend sully and is still adjusting . During her afternoon with the crafternoon group she witnesses a hit and run outside the library . It turns out that the car belongs to the ex girlfriend of the victims boyfriend. She denies that she had anything to do with the accident. But when the victims house is broken into and she is nearly smothered it is clear that someone wants her dead. Lindsay and sully work w In this latest edition of the library lovers series Lindsey has just moved in with her boyfriend sully and is still adjusting . During her afternoon with the crafternoon group she witnesses a hit and run outside the library . It turns out that the car belongs to the ex girlfriend of the victims boyfriend. She denies that she had anything to do with the accident. But when the victims house is broken into and she is nearly smothered it is clear that someone wants her dead. Lindsay and sully work with the chief of police to help tract down the culprit. I always enjoy catching up with the citizens of briar creek . I love Lindsay and Sully relationship and how far they have come. The mystery was well done and I wasn't expecting who the culprit was. I can't wait to continue reading this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I have really enjoyed this series and think it just get's better with each book. Who knew that being a librarian could be such a hazardous job. Our favorite buttinsky librarian Lindsay Norris is back and this time she is a witness to a hit and run of one of the local citizens. I love the relationship that has developed between her and Robbie. The two of them make a pretty good crime solving team and terrific friendship has formed. This series has a great cast of secondary characters that just co I have really enjoyed this series and think it just get's better with each book. Who knew that being a librarian could be such a hazardous job. Our favorite buttinsky librarian Lindsay Norris is back and this time she is a witness to a hit and run of one of the local citizens. I love the relationship that has developed between her and Robbie. The two of them make a pretty good crime solving team and terrific friendship has formed. This series has a great cast of secondary characters that just complete's the series. I think all of the characters are well written, smart, fun and interesting. It doesn't take me long to finish a story once I am pulled back to Briar Creek. The mystery was engaging and there were some twists along the way. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series due out later this year.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    As a fan of Jenn McKinlay’s other series, I was very much looking forward to try her most popular series yet! Since I haven’t read the other books in the series, I was a little worried that I would be lost, but I thought it would be okay since Mysteries tend to standalone really well anyway. HITTING THE BOOKS is book nine in the Library Lover’s Mystery series and right off the bat, I could tell that this one has a much different tone than some of McKinley’s other books. The others tend to be As a fan of Jenn McKinlay’s other series, I was very much looking forward to try her most popular series yet! Since I haven’t read the other books in the series, I was a little worried that I would be lost, but I thought it would be okay since Mysteries tend to standalone really well anyway. HITTING THE BOOKS is book nine in the Library Lover’s Mystery series and right off the bat, I could tell that this one has a much different tone than some of McKinley’s other books. The others tend to be more upbeat and humorous where this one dabbles in all that too, but there’s a much tighter focus to these books. I enjoyed the differences and feel like it will appeal to a lot of different readers’ tastes. As this was my first book in this series, it is also my first time being introduced to Lindsey. She is a very sweet girl who I think is very smart. However, she didn’t jump out at me very much. I think maybe because she is a librarian, she’s a little more quieter and a little more calm than some of the other amateur sleuths I typically go for, but like I said, I do like that McKinlay can write different types of characters. The mystery of this book is pretty straightforward. McKinlay gets straight into the action and I do think it becomes quite a challenge to keep things fresh over the course of so many books. So I am looking forward to going back and reading the other books of the series to learn more about these characters and this world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    If you are looking to fall in love with a mystery series and characters, I would say this is the series for you. I could see this story being a standalone or read out of order, but I have really enjoyed reading the series in order. It has all the charm and more for cozy mystery fans. Jenn McKinlay is talented and charming with Lindsey and crew.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Lindsey Norris is the Briar Creek head librarian. During the library’s crafternoon group hour, Lindsey noticed a car speeding through town hitting one of the residents, Theresa Houston. Theresa is lucky as she only suffers from a broken leg. But then Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is trying to kill Theresa. When the Sheriff finds the hit and run car, the driver is dead. Shot to death. There are CD’s in the car from the library. Lindsey immediately begins to investigate along with the Sheriff. L Lindsey Norris is the Briar Creek head librarian. During the library’s crafternoon group hour, Lindsey noticed a car speeding through town hitting one of the residents, Theresa Houston. Theresa is lucky as she only suffers from a broken leg. But then Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is trying to kill Theresa. When the Sheriff finds the hit and run car, the driver is dead. Shot to death. There are CD’s in the car from the library. Lindsey immediately begins to investigate along with the Sheriff. Lindsey and her dog, Heathcliff are adjusting to her move in with her boyfriend Captain Scully who is a retired naval captain. He runs boat tours. A fast paced, thought provoking and uniquely plotted mystery. A cast of cleverly crafted, well defined and interesting characters. Murder, hit and runs, missing person, CDs, insurance policies, danger and intrigue, all mix together for a well written suspenseful read. While this is book # 9 in the Library Lover’s Mysteries series, it can be read as a stand alone. A real page turner providing a surprise ending!! I volunteered to read Hitting the Books. Thanks to First-to-Read for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. The end of the book gives the reader, craft and recipes. For book clubs, the end has a Reader’s Guide.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This series continues to be wonderfully entertaining and I'm only sad that I've finished the newest entry in the Library Lover's Mystery saga. Lindsay, Sully, Chief Emma and her friends continue to be a lineup of some of my favorite cozy mystery characters. This newest storyline begins with an unexpected hit and run, witnessed by Lindsay while staring out the library window. Narrowly missed by the mystery car, Theresa is taken home to heal where she is again attacked in her weak state. Who could This series continues to be wonderfully entertaining and I'm only sad that I've finished the newest entry in the Library Lover's Mystery saga. Lindsay, Sully, Chief Emma and her friends continue to be a lineup of some of my favorite cozy mystery characters. This newest storyline begins with an unexpected hit and run, witnessed by Lindsay while staring out the library window. Narrowly missed by the mystery car, Theresa is taken home to heal where she is again attacked in her weak state. Who could have it out for Theresa, recently engaged to the popular furniture dealer in town? Beginning from the first page, this story is a quick read, with great character dialogue and descriptions of a library life you wish was in your own town. Readers won't be able to put this story down - this will be the book which will cause you to suffer from OMC (one more chapter) and keep you up until the wee hours of dawn. Fast and entertaining, this well thought out mystery will keep you on your toes until the very last page!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    The ninth in the series, this mystery is a cozy with some bite to it. Librarian Lindsey Norris is smack in the middle of a crime scene when she witnesses a hit-and-run accident and rushes to help the victim. She becomes more deeply involved when she offers assistance to the victim, who was planning to be married soon. Trying to figure out who would want to kill the bride-to-be has her searching for clues and maybe even endangering her own life. This cozy has it all: well-developed characters, an The ninth in the series, this mystery is a cozy with some bite to it. Librarian Lindsey Norris is smack in the middle of a crime scene when she witnesses a hit-and-run accident and rushes to help the victim. She becomes more deeply involved when she offers assistance to the victim, who was planning to be married soon. Trying to figure out who would want to kill the bride-to-be has her searching for clues and maybe even endangering her own life. This cozy has it all: well-developed characters, an intricate mystery, and good writing that furthers the storylines in the series. Each book that author Jenn McKinlay writes seems better than the last.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    While the mystery was a bit convoluted, the library (view spoiler)[ was almost a central character in it's solution (hide spoiler)] . I started reading this series because it was about a library and luckily 9 books into the series the library still stands as the most important setting in the book. Characters are great as always. While the mystery was a bit convoluted, the library (view spoiler)[ was almost a central character in it's solution (hide spoiler)] . I started reading this series because it was about a library and luckily 9 books into the series the library still stands as the most important setting in the book. Characters are great as always.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Great story that includes a current mystery and a bonus, older mystery! I love this library-centered series and its characters. The reveals at the end had me surprised, and the journey I took to get there kept me captivated. Though Hitting the Books can easily be read as a stand-alone, you'll want to read the whole series after you've immersed yourself in librarian Lindsey's world. So why not just start at the beginning and follow the characters' live chronologically?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)

    Enjoyed this one so much!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayt18

    The best in what has already been one amazing series. Just love it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I keep picking up these books because I want to like them, but then I read them. I know Ms. McKinlay tries to add some realistic library touches, and I appreciate that, but she mostly gets them wrong. In this one, she asks, correctly, for the police chief to get a subpoena or search warrant for library records, but forgets that library ethics also apply to her character -- she can't just read through the library records of a wide variety of people because she wants to solve a mystery, and then t I keep picking up these books because I want to like them, but then I read them. I know Ms. McKinlay tries to add some realistic library touches, and I appreciate that, but she mostly gets them wrong. In this one, she asks, correctly, for the police chief to get a subpoena or search warrant for library records, but forgets that library ethics also apply to her character -- she can't just read through the library records of a wide variety of people because she wants to solve a mystery, and then turn them all over to the Chief, without any probable cause or any more legal paper work. Her Jane Eyre approach to mental health is not helpful, either. The plot makes no sense, and neither do the motivations of the characters. As usual, there is only one possible suspect, and this one is worse than usual about the motivations of the secondary characters. I would skip this one completely, though there is a badly written and obvious development in the main character's personal life, which series fans may want to know about.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ellen

    I enjoyed this book very much. I always look forward to this series. Pick it up and read for yourself. Lindsey has moved in with Sully. But certain traits are annoying her as she ponders some of them. She witnessed a friend being hit by a white car. As the police are looking for the driver ,someone breaks in the victim's house and tried to suffocate her. Read and see how they solve the case and whether Lindsey and Sully fix their relationship.

  23. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Lindsey Norris is nursing a book hangover and staring out the window during Crafternoon Club when she witnesses a crazy driver hit local tennis coach Theresa Huston! Thanks to Lindsey's quick thinking, Chief Officer Emma Plewicki arrives on the scene and Theresa is carted off by ambulance to New Haven accompanied by her fiance's daughter Liza, a twenty-something college student. Liza is visibly upset. Who would do such a crazy thing? No one seems to have noticed anything about the car or the dri Lindsey Norris is nursing a book hangover and staring out the window during Crafternoon Club when she witnesses a crazy driver hit local tennis coach Theresa Huston! Thanks to Lindsey's quick thinking, Chief Officer Emma Plewicki arrives on the scene and Theresa is carted off by ambulance to New Haven accompanied by her fiance's daughter Liza, a twenty-something college student. Liza is visibly upset. Who would do such a crazy thing? No one seems to have noticed anything about the car or the driver. Worse still, the car was reported stolen but Emma suspects Theresa's romantic rival, Kayla Manning, owner of the car, may be lying. Lindsey vows not to get involved in the mystery, only to bring books to the bedbound Theresa. Then a stack of CDs is found in the stolen car next to a dead man and Lindsey has no choice but to look up who checked them out. The answer complicates the mystery further. Meanwhile she's busy contemplating her relationship with Sully. Things are going great and she likes living with him, but... there's a little niggle of a doubt. Where IS this relationship headed anyway? This mystery has more twists and turns than I expected. For that I enjoyed it a lot. However, it seems to be based around a gothic novel or a classic Romantic era novel that I absolutely HATE! At first I had a suspect in mind and when that person became a person of interest I thought a ha! Then I turned out to be wrong. I did figure out exactly who did it based on the aforesaid popular novel. How it all played out was pretty shocking. Naturally I love Lindsey, my fictional alter ego with a job. I'll leave her to dealing with the headaches of directing a small public library and stick with archives. I'm not as much of a people person. I really like the romantic subplot. It takes a backseat to the mystery but oh my gosh Lindsey continually thinks the exact same thing I'm thinking! It must be the librarian personality! I also really liked how she stuck to her guns about the librarian code of ethics. I knew right away she couldn't do what Emma told her to.Lindsey's relationship with Sully is realistic and I like how she doesn't immediately see a baby and want one. I hope she sticks to her convictions. Babies and libraries don't mix unless you're Beth. Beth is so.... absolutely perfect for a children's librarian. Her storytimes are clever and fun. She's so sweet and good that I don't begrudge her telling her honeymoon stories over and over. However, I am more like Lindsey- a natural introvert wanting to keep happy news to myself for awhile. Sully is all hunky and macho in this story. I like how he respects Lindsey enough to know she won't stay put and how he loves her so much he'll go along and do stupid dangerous stuff with her. His stepping in to save the day at crucial moments annoyed me though. The quirky secondary characters are great. I like the character development of Ms. Cole. Her sense of style still needs work but she's starting to unpucker a bit. Nancy is still motherly and dotes on her nephew Charlie, who deserves it this time. None of the other ladies really appear in this story. Charlie has a crucial role. Emma is a great cop for believing his story and checking it out. Emma is one of the few good detectives in cozy mysteries. She does her job right and doesn't go after the wrong person just because it's easy. She and Lindsey have a respectful friendship and it's refreshing. Even her relationship with Robbie is unconventional. I can't stand him but she loves him. The new characters all play a major role in the mystery. Theresa Huston seems nice but I'm not sure she's genuine. It takes the whole book to figure that out. Who agrees to marry a crazy guy who unceremoniously dumps his girlfriend when he finds out you're suddenly single? Weird. She must really love Larry. Larry Milstein is a brash, self-made man who seems incredibly obnoxious to me. He does love his daughter very much anyway, so I tried to like him. Liza is a sweet girl and I felt very sorry for her. Kayla is a piece of work but I felt bad for her at times. Liza's friend Caleb is a sweet young man. He may be in over his head. Whichever person is the would be killer is completely and utterly crazy to try to kill Theresa in broad daylight with witnesses! This is a great series and I love reading about fellow librarians. I can't wait for the next one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    HITTING THE BOOKS, by Jenn McKinlay, is the ninth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series and every bit as entertaining as the preceding books! You can always count on Ms. McKinlay to provide a story that’s filled with humor, romance, suspense, and puns to pull the reader in and keep them turning pages late into the night. Protagonist, Lindsey Norris, is the librarian director at Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. She has a knack for treating both employees and patrons as family, whic HITTING THE BOOKS, by Jenn McKinlay, is the ninth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series and every bit as entertaining as the preceding books! You can always count on Ms. McKinlay to provide a story that’s filled with humor, romance, suspense, and puns to pull the reader in and keep them turning pages late into the night. Protagonist, Lindsey Norris, is the librarian director at Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. She has a knack for treating both employees and patrons as family, which I find endearing. I am completely enthralled with her library’s Crafternoon events, in which a group meets once a week for lunch, a craft, and a book discussion. The mention of the various authors have inspired me to try out different books that Lindsey recommends to the group and to other patrons. Beth, who is Lindsey’s children’s librarian, is charming. I love seeing what new costume or theme she will tie in to the book she’s chosen for the kids’ events. Lindsey and Beth also have a delightful repartee which adds to the humor and sets up entertaining situations. Ms. McKinlay brings each character to life and forges a connection between the reader and the people on the pages. When Lindsey witnesses a hit and run accident that mows down the town’s high school tennis pro, she can’t help but want to find the culprit. Who would want to kill the newly engaged woman, especially when there’s a second attempt on her life? As Lindsey delves into the life of the woman, her soon-to-be husband, and her soon-to-be step-daughter, the librarian finds a long ago disappearance that was never solved. I love how Lindsey puts her librarian research skills to work to hunt down clues and piece together the two separate crimes. She’s also willing to share those insights with the town’s chief of police instead of keeping the information and putting herself needlessly in danger. The author keeps you guessing and like her protagonist, Lindsey, you’ll find you will have OMC Syndrome… “One More Chapter” as you turn the pages to get to the exciting conclusion! The Crafternooners take turns providing food for their get-togethers and Ms. McKinlay has included recipes for some of those dishes at the back of the book. She also includes a Readers Guide for the book Lindsey’s group discuss and instructions for a craft. I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay is the ninth book A Library Lover’s Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is the library director for Briar Creek Public Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. Linsey is tired from a late night of reading so during crafternoon she finds herself staring out the window (and avoiding holding a baby). She sees Theresa Huston, a local tennis coach, get hit by a car that then speeds away. The same car almost hits Charlie Peyton outside the Blue Anchor. Theresa ends up with a Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay is the ninth book A Library Lover’s Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is the library director for Briar Creek Public Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. Linsey is tired from a late night of reading so during crafternoon she finds herself staring out the window (and avoiding holding a baby). She sees Theresa Huston, a local tennis coach, get hit by a car that then speeds away. The same car almost hits Charlie Peyton outside the Blue Anchor. Theresa ends up with a broken leg three weeks before her wedding to Larry Milstein. The car belonged to Kayla Manning who had reported it stolen. The pilfered car is later found with borrowed library materials inside. Before Lindsey can discover who checked out the items, Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is determined to do away with the bride-to-be. Lindsey delves into the library records in hopes of discovering the identity of the guilty party. The killer makes another attempt which sends Lindsey into overdrive to unravel the clues and expose the predator. Will Theresa make it to her wedding? Jenn McKinlay never fails to deliver an entertaining cozy mystery. I have read every book in this series and look forward to the latest release each year. It is like visiting old friends when I pick up A Library Lover’s Mystery. Hitting the Books could be read as a standalone, but I believe it would be beneficial to read Books Can Be Deceiving first. It is the first novel in A Library Lover’s Mystery series and it will give you the background on the characters. I thought Hitting the Books was well-written with a nice, steady pace. Briar Creek is a welcoming small town with pleasant townspeople. Lindsey Norris is a smart, friendly and caring woman who is the head librarian for Briar Creek. Her best friend and children’s librarian, Beth is a woman who really loves her job. I like the various costumes she wears to entertain the children’s during story time (she is clever). Lindsey and Captain Mike Sullivan are now living together, and it is an adjustment. I can understand Lindsey not enjoying Mike’s cheery whistling so early in the morning (that would be annoying). I felt there was too much time devoted to the romance, but I like seeing this pair together. Lindsey is worried about the future (marriage, kids) and needs to work through a few concerns. The mystery was intriguing. There are good clues that will aid readers in solving the crime before the solution is revealed. My rating for Hitting the Books is 4 out of 5 stars. The ending will have fans of the series smiling. Hitting the Books has friendly characters, a charming town, a cozy library, a perplexing mystery, a sweet romance and a cute dog.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Book

    This latest adventure in librarian Lindsey Norris’ life is the ninth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Lindsey witnesses the hit and run of Theresa Huston and gets pulled into the quest to figure out who wants her dead. Theresa is engaged to Larry Milstein, a wealthy businessman with a chain of furniture stores, with an interesting past. Seems his wife disappeared, leaving him with his infant daughter to raise, years ago. He was cleared of any involvement and has doted on his daughter Liz This latest adventure in librarian Lindsey Norris’ life is the ninth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Lindsey witnesses the hit and run of Theresa Huston and gets pulled into the quest to figure out who wants her dead. Theresa is engaged to Larry Milstein, a wealthy businessman with a chain of furniture stores, with an interesting past. Seems his wife disappeared, leaving him with his infant daughter to raise, years ago. He was cleared of any involvement and has doted on his daughter Liza, now in her 20’s. Theresa and Liza are already close since Theresa has served as Liza’s tennis coach for the last six years. Police Chief Emma Plewicki is searching for the car when she gets a call that there is a burglar at Theresa’s house. When all converge on Theresa’s home, Emma, Lindsey and Larry discover that the intruder tried to kill Theresa. Ms. McKinlay handles red herrings with a deft hand as she spins an intriguing mystery, keeping the reader hooked page after page. And Ms. McKinlay manages to fabricate an unexpected, yet logical motive implemented through very devious means.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    When head Librarian Lindsey witnesses a hit and run she immediately dives into action and runs to help the victim. Theresa ends up with a broken leg but otherwise seems to be okay and is thankful to be alive. When she suffers several more "accidents" Lindsey begins to worry that someone is trying to do the bride to be in. When a bag of library books are found in the vehicle that hit Theresa, Lindsey jumps at the chance to help the police figure out who the culprit is. With the driver of the car When head Librarian Lindsey witnesses a hit and run she immediately dives into action and runs to help the victim. Theresa ends up with a broken leg but otherwise seems to be okay and is thankful to be alive. When she suffers several more "accidents" Lindsey begins to worry that someone is trying to do the bride to be in. When a bag of library books are found in the vehicle that hit Theresa, Lindsey jumps at the chance to help the police figure out who the culprit is. With the driver of the car dead and only a bag of books for a clue Lindsey realizes she must delve deeper into Theresa's life along with that of her fiances. Follow along as Lindsey looks for answers, deals with her new living situation, and continues to work at the library. Who would want Theresa dead and why now? Will Lindsey be able to deceiver the clues that she finds or will she go looking in the wrong direction. When things start heating up will she be able to keep herself out of harms way? This is such a great series filled with a wonderful cast of characters. I always look forward to visiting with them and hate when each book comes to the end. I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    There were some good twists and turns in this ninth Library Lovers mystery, and though some of them were a bit far-fetched, they worked in the context of this series. As always, I enjoyed the little details about public library work that made their way into the story, including Lindsay's insistence that she have a subpoena before turning over patron borrowing records to law enforcement. I also really enjoyed the interactions between Lindsay and Emma (the police chief) in general, because, unlike There were some good twists and turns in this ninth Library Lovers mystery, and though some of them were a bit far-fetched, they worked in the context of this series. As always, I enjoyed the little details about public library work that made their way into the story, including Lindsay's insistence that she have a subpoena before turning over patron borrowing records to law enforcement. I also really enjoyed the interactions between Lindsay and Emma (the police chief) in general, because, unlike police officers in a lot of cozies, Emma is actually a very pleasant character. She is competent, and though she would prefer that Lindsay consider her own safety before jumping into solving murders all the time, she doesn't treat Lindsay like a total idiot and sometimes relies on her expertise as a librarian to shed new light on a case. There is also a sweet development in Lindsay and Sully's relationship that long-time followers of the series will be very glad to see. Now that I'm caught up on this series until the next one comes out in the fall, I plan to get more into the Hat Shop mysteries, which I've been borrowing as audiobooks from the library via Hoopla.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Hitting the Books" is a cozy mystery. It's the ninth in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous mysteries. This was a clue-based mystery that can be guessed before the end. Someone's out to kill her friend, Theresa, so we get multiple near-death suspense scenes witnessed by Lindsey. When the man hired to kill Theresa is found murdered and some library materials in the car point to an unexpected person, t "Hitting the Books" is a cozy mystery. It's the ninth in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous mysteries. This was a clue-based mystery that can be guessed before the end. Someone's out to kill her friend, Theresa, so we get multiple near-death suspense scenes witnessed by Lindsey. When the man hired to kill Theresa is found murdered and some library materials in the car point to an unexpected person, they must clear up the confusion and follow the clues to find whodunit. There were no sex scenes. There was occasional use of bad language. Overall, it was an enjoyable novel. I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    The ninth book in the Library Lover's mysteries doesn't disappoint! I enjoyed trying to figure out "whodunit" and didn't figure it out until the villain was revealed...that was great! When Lindsey sees a woman hit by a car, she becomes involved in a complicated mystery. Lindsey has to use all of her sleuthing skills to avoid being the next victim. The relationship between Scully and Lindsey is developing and was fun to read. The mystery was fast-paced and hard to put down! I love Jenn McKinlay's b The ninth book in the Library Lover's mysteries doesn't disappoint! I enjoyed trying to figure out "whodunit" and didn't figure it out until the villain was revealed...that was great! When Lindsey sees a woman hit by a car, she becomes involved in a complicated mystery. Lindsey has to use all of her sleuthing skills to avoid being the next victim. The relationship between Scully and Lindsey is developing and was fun to read. The mystery was fast-paced and hard to put down! I love Jenn McKinlay's books and Hitting the Books was fantastic! Waiting for #10!

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