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review 2018-06-18 13:01
Better Late Than Never
Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay

This book starts with the first ever library return where you could return your books without a fine, no matter how late they were. The library ends up being filled with books being returned after weeks, months and years. Lindsey, the library director, asks her usuals at the "Crafternoon" to help check books back into the library and arrange them for placement back on shelves. She even offers prizes for the book that was returned after being gone the longest. The ladies find a book that was checked out 1 day before the person who borrowed it was murdered. Lindsey takes the book to the police and then starts her own investigation with Robbie, an old English actor with a crush on her, to find out who really murdered the lady, an English teacher at the local high school. 

 

This also has Lindsey "talking" about her relationship with Sully and then the two of them coming out and letting the whole town know. 

 

It was a cute story and there were some moments that were too crazy to be probable, but still a fun story. 

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review 2018-06-13 04:40
Death of a Mad Hatter (A Hat Shop Mystery) - Jenn McKinlay

Bridget Blogs Books for my thoughts

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review 2018-06-02 23:07
Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay
Book, Line and Sinker - Jenn McKinlay

I'll start by saying ignore the back of the book. The publisher's description is incorrect - although Charlie found the body, he was never one of the prime suspects.

Briar Creek is in an upheaval after a salvage company arrives with plans to dig up Captain Kidd's buried treasure, which can supposedly be found somewhere on Pirate Island. It sounds too amazing to be true, except that Mr. Riordan, the owner of the salvage company, has Captain Kidd's very own treasure map. The treasure hunt could turn Pirate Island into a huge tourist attraction, but it would also cause ecological damage. While Milton Duffy, a well-known and well-liked member of the Friends of the Library, tries to protect the island, Trudi Hargrave, the head of Briar Creek's tourism department, does everything she can to help Riordan's work move forward. Then Trudi turns up murdered, and Lindsey finds herself in the thick of things as usual.

This is probably the best book in the series so far. I loved the way the mystery tied in with Briar Creek's history. If I had one complaint about the way things worked out, it was that it took a lot longer than I expected for Trudi to finally be murdered. Which sounds terrible, but waiting so long for the death I knew was supposed to happen made the book drag a little. Plus, Trudi was kind of annoying.

The fact that Sully and Lindsey were finally dating didn't lessen Sully's appeal. I was happy to see that Sully was still giving Beth rides and waiting to make sure she got into her house okay before driving off. Little things like that really demonstrated that he wasn't just being nice in the previous books in order to spend more time with Lindsey. He also handled the sudden appearance of Lindsey's ex-fiance, John, surprisingly well. I expected aggravating amounts of jealousy, and instead he opted to trust Lindsey, stand back (mostly), and let her deal with John in her own way. Unfortunately,

McKinlay opted to throw all of this out the window at the end of the book. It was very sudden and felt out of character for Sully, even taking into account the amount of stress he was under.

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I continued to like Officer Emma Plewicki - I hope she gets more page-time in future books. The real surprise, however, was Chief Daniels. In the first book he was a stereotypical small town cop, too focused on his initial assumptions to even consider other possibilities. In this latest book, he had visibly mellowed, and I actually found myself liking him.

This was a great entry in the series, although I'm worried about what the ending will mean for the next book. Crossing my fingers that McKinlay doesn't drag this development out too long.

Extras:

  • The Briar Creek Library Guide to Crafternoons
  • Readers Guide for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Lindsey's pattern for her cross-stitch sampler ("Books are my homeboys.")
  • Recipe for Charlene's cucumber cups stuffed with feta

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-06-02 13:37
Going, Going Ganache
Going, Going, Ganache - Jenn McKinlay

Back to the cupcake bakery in AZ and the women and the bakery have been chosen for an article in SWS magazine. The owner of the magazine arrived just in time to see a cupcake fight between Angie and Mel and their adversarial bakery rival, Olivia. He noted that when the cupcakes were being thrown, Mel and her friends were all in together, but his team was throwing each other in the way of the melee while trying to get out unscathed. He wants that for his team and so he makes a deal with Tate and Mel that they have a cupcake boot camp where the team from SWS has to work in the bakery making cupcakes for the gala on Saturday with Mel and her team. His hopes are ruined when his team continues to fight in the bakery ruining Mel's business and one of the team members actually punches Mel in the eye. The next day, Mel finds Sam dead outside her business and she feels the need to find the truth.

 

While all this is happening, there is the Tate and Angie drama (Tate quitting his job and leaving his apartment to find himself to see if he is good enough for Angie), the Mel and Joe drama (they are engaged, but she doesn't want anyone to know) and the Mel and Detective Martinez drama (he wants to date her and she feels drawn to him but loves Joe). 

 

I used the audio version of this book more as I was driving and the girls were with me and got hooked on the story. It was definitely a fun story and there were moments that we were all laughing at things from the book. Fun summer read. 

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text 2018-05-31 13:00
Reading progress update: I've read 274 out of 274 pages.
Book, Line and Sinker - Jenn McKinlay

My gut-level rating is either 3.5 stars or 4. I really liked the way the mystery tied in with Briar Creek's history. John, Lindsey's ex, hanging around was somewhat annoying, but mostly handled in a low-drama way. And Sully continued to be sweet, but, ugh, that ending.

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