Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin

This is the second book in the new Library Lover’s Mysteries series. I previously reviewed the first book, Books Can Be Deceiving.

When Carrie Rushton replaces Bill Sint as the president of the Friends of the Library, head librarian Lindsey Norris is thrilled. Bill has always been difficult to work with, but Carrie is a lovely woman. Her husband Markus is less lovely, but he is rarely around the library so he isn’t really a concern. Until, that is, Lindsey and her friend (for lack of a better term) Sully give Carrie a ride home after a Friends meeting and find her husband dead, shot through the sliding glass door. Now Carrie is under suspicion and neither she nor Lindsey seem to be safe.

I was a bit iffy on McKinlay’s series after the debut effort, Books Can Be Deceiving. I am glad I continued with the series, though. In Due or Die McKinlay comes much more into her own with this sophomore effort. Due or Die is a much more engaging and fully realized book, and McKinlay strikes a good balance with the is-it-isn’t-it romance with Sully and Lindsey’s potential love triangle involving Sint’s nephew. The mystery in Due or Die is well done, it comes together well without being too obvious too early in the story.

Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lover’s Mysteries series is a very promising one and based on the improvements I saw from the first to the second book it is one worth getting in on. Recommended.

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