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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Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin

This is the first book in the new Library Lover’s Mysteries series.

Lindsay always imagined that she would use her Library Science degree in a large and prestigious academic library, but things don’t always go as you plan, and she now finds herself as the new library director in the small town of Briar Creek. At least her best friend Beth is in Briar Creek as well, and even works at Lindsay’s library as the phenomenal children’s librarian. Lindsay may not have Beth around for long, however, because she has been accused first of plagiarizing the work of her boyfriend, a famous children’s author, but also of his murder after their public – and loud – breakup. Now Lindsay must fight to save her friend and find the real murderer, before it is too late.

A cozy mystery set anywhere around books is always something I am going to want to check out, and Books Can Be Deceiving sounded just perfect. What reader, after all, can resist crimes set in a library?

Books Can Be Deceiving, though, did not get off to the best start. Something about the opening couple of chapters was slightly awkward and not particularly engaging. I am used to Julie Hyzy’s cozies that suck the reader in from page one, and Books Can Be Deceiving did not accomplish that. One thing that kept pulling me out of the book was the fact that the Briar Creek Public Library book club was reading The Last Time I Saw Paris, a book also out from Berkley released only two months earlier. This would be unlikely to bother most readers, but I kept wondering about Jenn McKinlay and Lynne Sheene, wondering if they are friends, do they have the same agent, same editor, etc? It just distracted me and certainly did not help me with my already rocky immersion into the story.

Still, by the time the dead body was found, McKinlay had me. The writing gained confidence and became increasingly interesting as the story progressed, and by the end I was completely enthralled. Despite the less than stellar start, I can honestly say I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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