Sunday, November 5, 2017

I'm so thrilled to be joining Berkley in celebrating 
the upcoming November 7, and November 14 release of two new books from author
Jenn McKinlay!

The paperback edition of
Book 7 in the Library Lover's Mysteries
and the hardcover edition of
Book 8 in the Library Lover's Mysteries

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Keep reading!

In this Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades-overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case…
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines for late returns—the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. But one tardy tome catches her attention—a copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due.

When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found. Candice checked out the novel on the day she died. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. No one noticed who brought the book back in, but could it be Candice’s killer? Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another, because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue...


From my review of the hardcover edition.

Seven truly is a lucky number for author Jenn McKinlay, and her readers, because this seventh installment of the Library Lover’s Mysteries is cover to cover perfection!

I can’t begin to put into words the excitement I feel when I have a new Jenn McKinlay book in my hands. I adore everything about how this author writes. The flow of the stories, the towns she creates, the characters that she has given life to, and how she formats just the right ratio of mystery, humor and romance to perfectly balance the stories.

As I settled down in my chair, and opened the front cover of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I knew I wouldn’t be moving anytime soon. When I enter the world of Briar Creek and walk through those library doors, nothing short of a straight up emergency is going to make me leave and come back to the real world. And I am thrilled to say, I just spent the perfect afternoon with my Briar Creek friends. Truly one of my best visits ever!

Author McKinlay was in perfect form and right on point in this seventh addition to her Library Lover’s Mysteries. Between opening a twenty year old disappearance case, and tying up some lose ends from past stories, McKinlay has penned a story with so many highs and lows, and twists and turns, my emotions ran the gambit of happy, sad, frightened, and thrilled. I was worn out and sated by the time I read the very last word. Okay, not sated. I could have filled up on a couple hundred more pages if they had been there.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER came just in time for me. While I have read some completely amazing books this year, I was very much in need of a Library Lover’s fix. Thank you Ms. McKinlay for supplying just what I needed!

Don’t forget to check out the back of the book when the story is finished or you’ll miss out on fun extra like recipes, and excerpt from ASSAULT AND BERET, the newest book in the Hat Shop Mysteries, and more!


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In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library’s big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble . . . 

Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream—it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive—but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future . . .


My idea of the perfect library is one stocked with all cozy mysteries! And of course that would mean an entire Jenn McKinlay section.

Each book in this series just gets better and better! And this holds true with DEATH IN THE STACKS. Over the course of the eight books in the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the town of Briar Creek, and all of its wonderful, endearing characters have grown to become among my favorites in the cozy mystery world.

DEATH IN THE STACKS was another well plotted mystery that moved at a brisk pace. Even in the quiet moments of the book I could tell something exciting was waiting to happen on the next page. And as always with a Jenn McKinlay book, there were parts where I laughed out loud, and even a part that had me close to tears.

The victim in this tale being such a disagreeable person, there were plenty of people who would have liked to finish her off. I think protagonist Lindsey Norris would have been happy to sit out this investigation, but she couldn’t since one of her friends was a suspect. With twists and turns popping up all over, I never had it narrowed to one person. When I read who the killer was, and why they did it . . . well, I never would have guessed it!

I was thrilled to see that Jenn McKinlay incorporated characters from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, and her Hat Shop Mysteries. The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series is one I anxiously wait for every year. To see all of those fantastic characters interact was so much fun!

An excellent mystery, fun moments, a craft, and recipes? DEATH IN THE STACKS has a little of something for everyone!


Jenn is the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and debuted her women's fiction series on May 30, 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars. 

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Sunday blessings, to you.

  2. The Library Lover's Mysteries are some of my favorites, and I cannot wait to read these two books! I loved your review and am so glad you featured Jenn McKinlay on your blog ~

  3. I love Jenn's books. The Library Lovers series, Cupcake Bakery series and Hat Shop series. I also have Barking Up the Wrong Tree in by TBR pile.

  4. I am a huge fan of the Cupcake Bakery mystery series,and now I really want to read the Library Lovers' series as well. Thanks for the great reviews and the giveaway!

  5. I enjoy Jenn's books! Thanks for the post.

  6. I'd love to read both of your books. They look great. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Donna

  7. Thanks for the review!

    I'd love to read both these books by Jenn McKinlay.

  8. Your reviews are wonderful. I hope to be very lucky and become the recipient of one of Jenn's books. They sound great. Thank you. Cynthia B.

  9. I have loved the other books in the Library Lover's series, but I am a little behind. I haven't read either of these and would love to win. Thanks for the chance. KellyL