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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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James
Feb 07, 2016 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. This was a typical cozy, and it had a good first start; I'll give book 2 a chance. Characters are interesting. Location is cute. Curious about the town more. I love the drama at the library with the older staff and the newer staff. Plus the children's library desk games and scenes are hilarious. I wish I could do that all day. Might get a little too much, but kids would have fun with this crew. Not too scary. I like the town. Romance options are good. Worth a chance.

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Richard Derus
Jan 02, 2013 Richard Derus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
27. Pearl Ruled

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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Lighthearted
Apr 19, 2012 Lighthearted rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Jan 21, 2011 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
Marci
Sep 02, 2013 Marci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Cheryl Landmark
This was a fun, cozy mystery with mostly interesting characters and a fairly decent murder plot. But, alas, 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 mur
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BJ Rose
Jan 04, 2014 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stephanie
Oct 02, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Jenn McKinlay’s LIBRARY LOVER’S SERIES 2 New Audiobooks Reviewed!

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Both audiobooks were provided by the publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

New England is known for fall leaves, clam chowder, stately small-town libraries and well-educated women who, quite by chance, end up solving mysteries, particularly murders.

The old-chestnut is, does anyone notice the woman who is the main chara
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Moondance
"Oh I just love that Maxim de Winter, " Violet La Rue said, her knitting needles clicking together as if to emphasize her words.

Hmm, where to start? I adore McKinlay's Cupcake series and was looking forward to this one. It's about books. What's not to love. I started this book some time ago and put it down after the first chapter because I couldn't connect with the characters. Lindsay has come to Briar Creek, Connecticut to be the library director. Her friend Beth is the children's librarian. Be
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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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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
Sallee
Dec 21, 2012 Sallee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andree
Mar 08, 2015 Andree marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I am still waiting for the next book in my fun magical cats series, and was looking for another charming book to while away a few hours.

This was not that book. I got about a quarter of the way through, and I don't know what it is about it, but everything rubbed me the wrong way, from the best friend's boyfriend of five years being the biggest tool in the world and plagiarizing her book, to there being a really irritating library employee who was essentially a caricature, to the landlord apparent
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Katie Fitzgerald
The details in this book about working in a small-town public library are spot on. I love all the references to the day-to-day operations of the library that are interspersed with the clues to the murder mystery. Because the murder suspect is a children's librarian, there were also a lot of fun lines like, "Surely they couldn't think that a woman who spent her life doing felt-board stories, puppet shows and dressing up like Eric Carle's very hungry caterpillar was a murderer." I also loved that ...more
Paula
Jan 21, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I consumed this book in one day! The author is a librarian, as was I for 13 years, and she brought back great memories for me of working in a small town library. Her descriptions were spot on! Very much looking forward to the next in the series, "Due or Die."
Candace Davidson
Fantastic book. It was such a quick read. I am looking forward to reading her other series!
Andrea
Fun start to a new series. Lindsey is the director of a small town library. Her best friend, Beth, is the children’s librarian and also a murder suspect when her ex-boyfriend is found stabbed. For me, cozy mysteries are all about the setting and larger case of characters and this book delivered for me. I wasn’t a fan of way overused trope of the dim-witted police chief trying to railroad folks, but at least this book had another investigator involved. I was leaning towards three stars for this b ...more
FangirlNation
Feb 04, 2017 FangirlNation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinley, after 10 years as a college librarian, Lindsey Norris has taken over as director of the library at Briar Creek. Her grad school roommate, Beth, works there as the popular children's librarian and has worked hard for several years to write a children's story that the library patrons love and are eager to see get published. However, Beth's boyfriend of five years, an award-winning children's book writer tries to stop her from seeing an editor who comes t ...more
Jessica Robbins
May 21, 2017 Jessica Robbins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joy Gerbode
May 30, 2017 Joy Gerbode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a fun mystery ... not too scary, just a cozy little read, but well-written and full of fun. I'll be reading more of this author.
Chrissy
Apr 16, 2017 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming and fun; I couldn't wait to read the 2nd one in this series. If you work in a library, you'll especially enjoy this. I was afraid it would turn to a romance early on, but it did not. Straight up old fashioned Nancy Drew-type mystery. Fun!
Anne
Mar 12, 2017 Anne rated it it was ok
I generally like this author's work but not this time. It was good enough to finish and the surprise at the end was satisfying. That's the best I can do.
QNPoohBear
My alter ego, Lindsey Norris, is the newish director of the Briar Creek (Connecticut) Public Library. She loves her job - most of the time - and is breathing new life into the library. Ms. Cole, a long-time librarian, however, does not approve of Lindsey and her methods or Beth, the children's librarian, who brings fun and games to the library. Lindsey learns from a library board member that a New York children's book editor is coming to Briar Creek and Lindsey encourages Beth to the show the ed ...more
Monica Williams
May 31, 2012 Monica Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Randall
I have been reading another series by Jenn McKinlay, her Cupcake Bakery Series, and I am waiting on the next book in that series, so I checked out information on the author and found she had a few other series, so i got ahold of this one from the library.

A Library Lover's Mystery, the lead character Lindsey is the director of the library, which reminds me of the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series, as the lead in that series is also the director of the library, but they are completely differen
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Kaye
Aug 05, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
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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Marion Hogervorst
Aug 12, 2011 Marion Hogervorst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lynette
Oct 14, 2013 Lynette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting a new women's fiction series in June 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars.
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Other Books in the Series

Library Lover's Mystery (8 books)
  • Due or Die (Library Lover's Mystery, #2)
  • Book, Line and Sinker (Library Lover's Mystery, #3)
  • Read It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery, #4)
  • On Borrowed Time (Library Lover's Mystery #5)
  • A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery, #6)
  • Better Late Than Never (Library Lover's Mystery, #7)
  • Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery, #8)

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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.” 11 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.” 4 likes
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