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Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery #1)

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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 be ...more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley
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Rating: 1.5* of five (p76)

The Book Description: 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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Melissa (ladybug)
What am I going to do? Another book that I started and just could not put down. Until way past when I should have been asleep. LOL Seriously who wouldn't love reading about a Librarian, who loves to read, who is solving a mystery that may land her best friend and Children's librarian in jail for murder. (Don't answer that LOL). A good read that I wholeheartedly recommend.
Melodie
Jenn McKinlay is a very good writer!! I love her Cupcake Bakery series, and this new series is starting off just as good! Like the characters, the location and the story was great. I didn't figure out "whodunit" until very close to the end!
Dawn
I found this book while browsing at the library. The covers of Cozy Mysteries are what make me want to read them... Usually I end up being somewhat disappointed by the stereotypical characters and the mediocre writing, but this one was better than the average. There are still stereotypes: the "lemon," the old-school librarian who is not only resistant to change but to helping people in general; the fat, slovenly police officer who is a dumbass; the thin, well-dressed detective who is not; the si ...more
Lighthearted
I wanted to like this book – the main character is a librarian and the book is written by a librarian. The premise is good, the insider’s view of the library is good, and a few of the local characters are good – I’d personally love to meet Sully. Unfortunately, too many of the characters are caricatures – the bumbling police chief, the crazed ex, the petulant boyfriend. There’s a lot of irrelevant detail – what label of clothing/footwear someone’s wearing, where snacks for a roadtrip were purcha ...more
Marci
I enjoyed the story a lot after getting over the first chapter and despite a lot of awkward writing and a major dangling plot point that was never accounted for. Or else I would give it more stars. I do plan to read more of her books because the characters are great.

I almost stopped reading in the first chapter because of the awkward dialog. Characters said the most obvious, stilted things by way of exposition. Why not edit the dialog and put the exposition beside it? Here's an example--

"Where'
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BJ Rose
This was my introduction to Jenn McKinlay, and I am already reading the 2nd book in this series. As a gal who grew up in a small town and has read tons of library books, I really fell for the small-town librarian theme.
Patti Christell
What a great way for a middle school language arts teacher to start the summer! Yesterday morning I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy when I closed the cover of Mockingjay. Then, while reading Books Can Be Deceiving, Lindsay asked one of the young girls working at the bakery if she had finished the trilogy. I had to laugh. I actually wanted to ask the character how she liked the ending! This was a fast read, a clever premise - identifying the characters in the village by the books they c ...more
Sheila
Feb 09, 2014 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers
Good set up for A Library Lover's Mystery series. There is a cast of a thousand here but she does excellent world building for her series. We are introduced to the townspeople of Briar Creek, CT and learn the relationships. We get the past of some but it is not detailed. I liked these characters and am planning to read other books in the series (I've already got them.) I like Lindsey. I'll have to see where romance may lie for her. I also like her friends. This time Beth, a college friend and th ...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: 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.

REVIEW: McKinlay's books are above average for the cozy genre and this
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Candace Davidson
Fantastic book. It was such a quick read. I am looking forward to reading her other series!
Cheryl Landmark
This was a fun, cozy mystery with mostly interesting characters and a fairly decent murder plot. But, all was not rainbows and roses.

The setting of the small town and library was typical of these types of mysteries, as were a lot of the characters, some of whom were a little too stereotypical. Why, oh, why, I ask myself, does nearly every local police chief in these books have to be a bumbling, stupid, narrow-minded, incompetent bozo who immediately pegs one person as a suspect in the murder an
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Lynette
If you have ever visited a library, you will need to read this book. Especially, if one grew up in a small town and was considered a regular visitor to the small town library. The library for many was like the ole general store was to many. The place to congregate, have meetings and share daily lives. The library in this series sounds just like the library I grew up going to. The one librarian, Ms. Cole was described with the 1950's look, just like the ones in the small town library I grew up in ...more
Kaye
The Brier Creek public library is usually a quiet place and for director, Lindsey Norris, and her best friend Beth Stanley, the children's librarian, it's a pleasant place to work in a safe community. When word gets out that an editor from New York will be vacationing in their little town, Lindsey convinces Beth to show the editor her children's book she has been working on for quite some time.

Even though Beth's boyfriend Rick Eckman, local celebrity kid's author, tells her the book is too amate
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Monica Williams
Usually when I see one of the cozy mysteries with the punny titles, I tend to run in the opposite direction. However at 9am when my mother comes steamrolling in with the book and my glasses in hand and announces you have to read this, there isn't much to do besides read. And that was it. I was in hook, line, sinker, and any other fishing equipment you'd care to mention. The two lead librarians of the story both went to Southern Connecticut- my own library school, thank you very much. The childre ...more
Gail
Lindsey is the director of a public library in a small seaside Connecticut town, transplanted from academia she is well on her way to adjusting to the small town. Her best friend is an award winning children's librarian who is also an aspiring children's book illustrator/author. Her friend Beth's boyfriend is a reclusive, moody, award winning children's book author. After a dramatic, public break up with Beth at the local eatery, he is found dead on his little island hideaway.

To avoid having he
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Sallee
This is a good fast read about a librarian and her friend who is a suspect in the murder of her boyfriend. He was a children's book author who kept such a low profile that his readers did not what he looked like or where he lived. He did no book signings and no publicity. Hmmm...was this because he was a plagerizer? He stole his girlfriend's children's story as his own. He is found dead on an island he lived on and girlfriend is a suspect. With the help of Sully, a boat captain, Lindsay investi ...more
Marion Hogervorst
I seriously loved this book. I mean: mystery, murder, knitting and a library.. My favourite things in life.

Well the murder only being fictional off course. I live in a big city and love it. I know there is a lot of mishap and mayhem going on, but I like to avoid it as much as possible. In a book on the other hand I love it. And this murder was predictable, but well staged. The clues to solve it nicely dosed but with a little twist I never saw coming.

Being a librarian myself I understand what fi
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Staci
Why I wanted to read it: Found it while browsing the new book section in the library. I work in a library...this centers around Lindsey who works in a library...the LIBRARY is why I wanted to read it!!

Source: My public library...I love them!
I loved the setting...what a quaint town that is totally screaming my name and by the water. Bliss!
This sounds like a library I would love to work at and also be a patron!!
I loved how the characters were reading books that I've read or want to read.
The myster
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Vickie
I already love Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery Mystery series and now I've added the Library Lover's Mystery series to the must get list. I read BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING in almost one sitting, one quiet shift in August.


It has characters to like, empathize with, heartily dislike. When I find myself yelling at the character in the book to "dump the pewp-cranium boyfriend, you can do better!", I know I've connected with the characters in the book.


Stir in the diggable characters with a well told stor
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Chaitra
A fun cozy about two ladies running a library. Obviously there's a murder, one of them is a suspect and they have to solve the mystery before the police do nothing. I actually liked this, probably because the two main characters weren't infuriating. The minor characters were ok as well. There's no love triangle as of yet, which is major bonus points for this book! The mystery itself was ok, the thing actually took some researching to solve. The resolution did come out of nowhere, but that's pref ...more
Terri
Lindsey is a the town librarian. And after encouraging her friend and co-worker Beth to submit her manuscript for a children's book to a visiting editor, they learn that Beth's ex-boyfriend had already sold it as his own. And then he is murdered and Beth becomes the primary suspect so they go sleuthing to find the truth.

One of the things I liked about this book was the setup of a group of library patrons at "crafternoon" meetigns where they discussed books and did crafts. A concept I find very a
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Caren
I loved this book. LOVED LOVED LOVED. I have read one of McKinlay's other books, Buttercream Bump Off. I like it, but I like this one more. The charachters are smart and witty. There are a few sharp old ladies, too. A naked artist and a handsome boat captian. What more can you ask for? Ok, the plot is really good and flows well. It's a quick read, mainly because I just didn't want to put it down.


For the record. I love the library. You can find me there, haunting the stacks at least once a week!
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Sandra Holladay
A book about books, knitting, and friendship with mystery and murder thrown in, what could be better. A fun read with interesting characters and a good plot. The first chapter dialogue was a bit stilted but overall the writing was good and flowed along-apart from for a few exceptions which were jarring enough from the rest of the writing to downgrade my rating from four stars to three; the difference being from reading at say a ninth grade level to a fourth grade level (i.e. “It was situated at ...more
Kathy Martin
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
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Trish
s first book in the Library Lover's Mystery Series has everything! First it has a very engaging well written story. Then it has knitting directions. It also has recipes.

The characters are very believable and well rounded. The main character, Lindsey Norris is the library director at a small town on the coast of Connecticut. The story is fast paced and there is a new love interest for Lindsey.

The library has a group called the Crafternoon Club. It is such a cute idea. They meet as a book club and
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Ruth
I can see where some people would enjoy this one, and parts of it were a lot of fun, but too many characters were overly-stereotyped (I get that's part of the genre, but this was way overkill), and I swear the author thinks she's more clever than she really is. "You read me like a book" is apparently a brilliant example of wordplay, and many other examples I didn't bother remembering. And yes, the characters were way beyond stereotypes. Some of the characters were pretty fun, but between the cro ...more
Penny Pensyl
Another series by one of my favorite authos, Jenn McKinlay. Enjoyed the book -- good story. Moving on to the next in this series.
Jen - ReadingwithPugs
Totally loves this book from beginning to end. I could relate to the characters and love the library setting. I read it in one day. Jenn Mcinlay is able to write from each characters point of view and knows how to make you feel like you are right in the action with these characters. After reading this I had to buy this authors other books, I enjoy her style of writing very much. I am looking forward to the next in the series coming out!! Great easy and fun read!
Erin
Lindsay Norris is the director of a small town public library. Her best friend Beth is the children's librarian. Beth has spent the past five years dating a famous picture book author/illustrator who is a total jerk, and she breaks up with him the night before discovering he has plagiarized her work on a picture book she wrote and would like to get published. When she and Lindsay go to confront him, they discover he has already had a fatal confrontation with someone else, but the town's police c ...more
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Jenn is the New York Times bestselling author of several mystery series. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.
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“You know, I found a gray hair the other day. I almost broke the sound barrier rushing to the pharmacy to get some dye. Beth snorted. Oh please! You're a blonde-no one can see gray hair up there. Now, you get one down under, and then you can panic.” 9 likes
“It was funny how none of her classes in library science has prepared her for this sort of thing, dead bodies, staff under suspicion, crazed reporters. Really, they needed to consider expanding the curriculum.” 3 likes
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