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Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay
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Better Late Than Never

by Jenn McKinlay

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Better Late Than Never is the seventh book in the A Library Lover’s Mystery series.

It’s always a joy to visit Briar Creek Public Library and catch on what Lindsey, Ms. Lemon(Miss Cole), her staff and the Crafternoons.

The staff is overwhelmed with returned books, as Lindsey has decided on a day of amnesty for fines on overdue books much to Miss Cole’s chagrin. Everyone is shocked when Paula brings in a book that appears to have been 20 years overdue. Miss Cole digs through her immaculate records to find that the book had been checked out by Candice Whitley. In fact, it had been checked out on the same day that Whitley’s strangled body was found near the football field. The book is in very good condition, making it clear that it has been kept hidden for all this time and Lindsey is leaning towards the killer being the one that has returned it. She takes the book to Emma Plewicki, the police chief, and expresses her feelings. But at the moment Emma has some recent break-ins to investigate and the will have to take precedence over a cold case that is 20 years old.

Lindsey, with the help of her staff and friends, begins to look into the life of Whitley, hoping to find something that will lead to learning the identity of the killer. She soon learns that more than likely, the rash of break-ins might be connected to the return of the book.

The book has a wonderful cast of interesting and believable characters. The storyline it well-plotted and read at a consistent pace. The character that I particularly enjoyed was Robbie Vine. Vine is a British actor who came to Briar Creek and decided to stay once he learned that he had a teen-age here. Vine fancies himself as a detective, or as he puts it, he is Dr. Watson to Lindsey’s Sherlock Holmes. Vine is practically Lindsey and more often than not is more of a hindrance than a help. His ulterior motive is to try and win Lindsey’s heart.

Instructions for a Beaded Daisy Chain and delicious sounding recipes are included with the book.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in this enjoyable series. ( )
  FredYoder | Nov 3, 2017 |
I've long been a fan of Jenn McKinlay's feel good writing, and she's delivered another winner with Better Late Than Never. In the midst of speculation over the state of Lindsey and Sully's relationship and the meddling of that British actor who insists on hanging around Briar Creek, we are served up a story about the power of friendship in a setting that showcases how libraries are changing with the times.

The characters are of utmost importance, as they should be in any cozy series worth its salt, and you can tell I've fallen under their spell after reading my remark about "that British actor." Fortunately there are some very interesting developments with that man in the book, and I certainly want to know where those are headed in the next installment.

But it's not just the characters in Better Late Than Never that make it a winner. The solution to the mystery came out of left field and beaned me right upside the head. I love, love, love being surprised when I learn who done it! Jenn McKinlay's Library Lovers series is one of my favorites, and if you haven't given it a try, I just have to ask-- What are you waiting for? ( )
  cathyskye | Jul 4, 2017 |
When a library book that is twenty years overdue is returned during “Amnesty Day,” it gets the attention of the head librarian. Discovered in the drops, it sets in motion a series of events that hopefully will solve a murder that took place twenty years ago. The book turns out to be the one that the murder victim checked out on the day of her murder. Lindsey is not one to sit still when unexplained mysteries clog the air, but asking questions could put her in the crosshairs of the murderer. Likable characters, an intricate plot, and a bit of romance make this cozy an interesting tale. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 11, 2017 |
The murder in this mystery has already taken place 20 years ago. The victim was an unsullied school teacher who was loved by all. Someone returns a book that this teacher had checked out from the town library on the day of her murder. Lindsay the Librarian or librarian/detective, I should say, jumps on this cold case. What a terrific location for a mystery for book addicts, the town library. When Lindsay is not detecting or running the library, she is re-flaming her old flame. Ah, romance in the 21st century. Who will say the "L" word first? This is a charming, quick read to get your mind off of the current world news. My thanks to the author and the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy. ( )
  musichick52 | May 27, 2017 |
Better Late Than Never is the seventh library lover's mystery, my personal favorite among Jenn McKinlay's mystery series. This one starts with Briar Creek Public Library holding its first annual book amnesty day. Overdue books may be returned with no penalties. One of those books is twenty years overdue. Director Lindsey Norris wasn't working there back then, but librarian Eugenia Cole was. Do their records go back that far? Yes, they do. The person who checked out that book had the perfect excuse for not returning it. Some very unpleasant memories are surfacing in town. We even get a revelation about a minor supporting character whose life had seemed a perfect snoozefest.

Police Chief Plewicki has recent burglaries to investigate, so Lindsey decides to help solve the decades-old crime. Handsome actor Robbie is determined to assist Lindsey -- the better to edge out handsome boat tour captain Mike 'Sully' Sullivan in Lindsey's affections. That's his plan, anyway. You may be certain that Sully has own plans.

Just because it's been twenty years doesn't mean that the guilty party has left Briar Creek. The town hasn't changed very much in that time. Lindsey seeks justice for the victim, but might end up being a victim herself.

Chapter Notes:

Chapter 1:

a. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is mentioned, as are The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

b. There's an anecdote about rock star Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

Chapter 4:

a. Clue to Briar Creek's location: The Thumb Islands archipelago is Briar Creek's '..first line of defense against hurricanes and foul weather that blew in across Long Island Sound.'

b. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart is mentioned.

Chapter 5:

a. The song 'Ten in the Bed' is mentioned. You can listen to it at YouTube.

b. Maleficent from Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' is mentioned.

c. The train platform from the Harry Potter books is mentioned.

Chapter 6: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is mentioned.

Chapter 9: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are mentioned.

Chapter 10:

a. A comparison to Marge from 'The Simpsons' is made.

b. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is mentioned.

Chapter 12: Criminal Profiling: International Theory, Research, and Practice is referenced.

Chapter 13:

a. There's a brief description of the center of Briar Creek.

b. Spider-Man and his 'Spider-sense' [also known as 'spidey-sense'] are mentioned.

Chapter 15:

a. There's a Nancy Drew reference.

b. The Arizona cupcake bakers who solve crimes is a real series by Jenn McKinlay. The first Cupcake Bakery Mystery book is Sprinkle With Murder.

c. There's a joke about the Jolly Green Giant of canned and frozen vegetables fame..

Chapter 16: There's a reference to Link and Zelda from the video game 'The Legend of Zelda' mention. (There's an earlier one in chapter 5.)

Chapter 18: 'SportsCenter,' the news program on ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is mentioned.

Chapter 22: There's an update on the mother cat and kittens (Sissy, Fred, and George) that Paula and Heathcliff found in the bonus short short story 'An Unlikely Meeting' that appeared at the end of book six, A Likely Story. (Tip from a long-time cat owner: place your paper towels and toilet paper rolls in the 'under' position if you don't want your cats to unroll the whole thing.)

Chapter 22: Joey Prentice, the dyslexic student we were told Candice had taught to read in chapter 7, is the high school secretary's nephew.

Chapter 25: There's a contrasting description of the houses of Pete Harwood and Eloise Schaffer, which are opposite each other. (Loved Pete's unorthodox planter that upsets Eloise.)

This book's readers guide is to The Catcher in the Rye.

This book's craft project is 'Paula's Beaded Daisy Chain'.

Recipes in this book: Violet's Ham and Cheese Sliders, Matthew's Crock-Pot Marinara Meatballs, and Hannah's Chai Tea.

Cat lovers get only stories about some kittens.

Dog lovers get several appearances by Heathcliff.

If you enjoy this series, this is another good entry. If you don't know this series but like cozies set in small towns with a regular cast of supporting characters, Books Can Be Deceiving is the first book. ( )
  JalenV | May 21, 2017 |
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'Let the wild rumpus start!' Beth Stanley cried as the cart of books she had stacked to bursting abruptly regurgitated its contents all over the Briar Creek Public Library's main floor with a loud rushing noise followed by slaps and thumps as the books landed on the ground.
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(Lindsey and Chief Emma have been talking about the shoes Emma is going to buy once her broken leg is fully healed)
...Emma shook her head. "Every time I watch a cop show and they have the female detective wearing high heels, I want to kick her in the patootie. I mean, really, who writes those shows? It just ruins it. Ruins it, I tell you."

'I'm guessing male writers,' Lindsey said. 'Male writers with superhero-chick fantasies.' (chapter 4)
(Lindsey spots actor Robbie is going through the library's gossip magazines)

'Looking for articles about yourself?' she asked.

'Always,' he said. 'I particularly love it when they have me in a torrid relationship with an alien, you know, an outer-space alien. I have to read that rag to find out what's up with my extraterrestrial offspring. Apparently, one of them is an inter-galactic superstar.' He put a hand on his heart and looked choked up and said, 'I'm so proud.' (chapter 9)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399583734, Hardcover)

In the latest 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. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books.
 
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 school teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.
 
Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. 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...

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:00:41 -0500)

"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. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books. 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 schoolteacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found. Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. 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."--… (more)

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