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Books Can Be Deceiving (A Library Lover's Mystery) (edition 2011)

by Jenn McKinlay

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Title:Books Can Be Deceiving (A Library Lover's Mystery)
Authors:Jenn McKinlay
Info:Berkley (2011), Edition: 2nd Print, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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I was in the mood to read a quickish cozy mystery and this one fit the bill. As always the cover and setting really pulled me in and made me want to read it. A librarian turns out to be the sleuth and all goes along fairly predicitably in order to solve the murder. The town here is populated with familiar standards and a delightful "crafternoon" group that meet and chat over their group book, knit and if they're lucky, have a bowl of some of the best chowder in town. The murder victim was a real piece of work and I admit that I didn't find myself so sad to see him go but the why of his murder was intriguing. Lindsey, the librarian puts the pieces together well enough but there are a few things she doesn't do which made me question her researcher skills. I can only suppose that her doing them would have solved the murder too soon and would have deprived us of her perilous audience with the murder to have the confession.

The back of the book has a two recipes referenced in the book (Sully's Hot Chocolate & Mary's Clam Chowder) both of which I want to make as they're described as being all kinds of delish in the story. Also there's a knitting pattern for the hat Leslie was working on for her father during the Crafternoons. All in all, this delivered as a cozy mystery, I'm glad that I picked this one up at the library and I'll read the next in the series. ( )
  anissaannalise | Aug 26, 2014 |
A cute cozy mystery. Not a lot to it, but an enjoyable read for those who are looking for this type of story. I may read another, if only to see if anything blossoms in the romance department.
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  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING was an entertaining cozy mystery. Lindsay is new at the Briar Creek Public Library. She came there after losing her job in an academic library and shedding her cheating fiance.

Her best friend Beth is the children's librarian. Beth is also an aspiring author who is dating a famous children's author. When Beth shows her portfolio to a visiting editor, she is surprised to be called a plagiarist because her boyfriend Rick is set to publish an extremely similar book. When Beth visits the now ex-boyfriend with Lindsay and a local ship's captain, she finds that he has been brutally murdered. The local police chief is convinced that Beth is the murder.Since Lindsay refuses to believe that Beth murdered her plagiarizing ex, she begins her own investigation and discovers interesting and disturbing things about Rick.

I liked Lindsay's new group of friends at the library. The book had some laugh out loud moments when describing Lindsay's attempts to learn the various crafts that were done as a part of the crafting book club. I liked the references to other books and authors. I liked that Lindsay knew the favorite authors of many of her patrons. I liked that Lindsay was beginning to feel at home in Briar Creek.

Fans of cozies and libraries will enjoy this entertaining story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 24, 2014 |
Cute little cozy mystery. It was a really quick read, with fun characters. Looking forward to the next book. ( )
  bonreads | Jun 11, 2014 |
So, I bought this book upon recommendation from a booktuber that I subscribe to on youtube. And I am glad I picked it up, even if I don't think the book was as amazing as she said.
It's easier to put my thoughts into list form, so:
1. I thought it was kind of slow. Granted, I finished it in two days, but it isn't very long and the pages are small, so it's not a difficult read. But it took about 150 pages to actually get into the mystery! I also felt like there wasn't as much sleuthing as I'd like. Lindsey mainly just makes a lot of phone calls and goes on two trips or so. I just wish there had been more action.
2. I liked the actual mystery, I thought it was well developed, but it came together so fast at the end and I thought the reveal was a little forced. At the end, when the murderer is with Lindsey and Beth, I felt like there was no way the murderer would be giving up all this information on his/her own. I know that there has to be some reveal so we know exactly what happened, but the murderer was virtually unprompted! He/she just basically told them how they'd done it and why of their own accord, which seemed unrealistic to me.
3. I'm not sure if I'll read the sequel, though I would like to find out what happens between Lindsey and Sully.....
4. Sometimes the timeline didn't make sense with respect to the character's pasts. Like Lindsey and Beth had been in grad school together ten years earlier, but Beth was only 32 and had been working at Briar Creek for ten years. Wouldn't she have graduated with a BA at 22 then gone on to grad school and graduated at a minimum age of 24 making her only able to work there for 8 years before the story started? Minor detail, and I may have misunderstood some things, but it just confused me while reading.
5. I did really like the characters, and the author painted a lovely picture of Briar Creek. All the inhabitants of the town are fleshed out well, and I really could envision the setting!
6. That being said, I felt like there was too much detail. We are told every single thing Lindsey does down to the color of the memo pad she writes down someone's number. It definitely didn't work well for me in a mystery, because it made everything move slower. There was a lot of mundane details that could have been left out.

I did enjoy the book, made for a nice, fun, light read!
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  elezotte | May 7, 2014 |
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Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.
For my brilliant agent, Jessica Faust.
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I have been very fortunate to spend my formative years and my adult years working in a variety of positions in many different libraries. [from the Acknowledgments section]

'Oh, I just love that Maxim de Winter,' Violet LaRue said, her knitting needles clicking together as if to emphasize her words. [from the novel itself]
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As always, Lindsey felt all of her troubles ease once she was back among the familiar. Just seeing the names on the spines of the books was like calling hello to old friends. They had always given her solace in their steadfastness, and she valued each and every one more than she could ever say. (chapter 12)
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Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.
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"Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person."--Amazon.com… (more)

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