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Murder by the Book (Kennedy Killingsworth #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,300 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Small-town librarian Kennedy Killingsworth thought that Midway, Georgia, was the dullest place on earth until a fateful day that begins with a speeding ticket and ends with a suicide. The ticket comes from Kennedy's ex-husband, Deputy Cade Burrell, who seems desperate to find any reason to talk to Kennedy ever since his scandalous affair. And the suicide victim is Foster S ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published December 31st 2009 by Covenant Communications (first published October 1st 2009)
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Aug 12, 2010 Jackie rated it did not like it
This book was a disappointment. And even though I persevered through to the end, I almost wish I hadn't wasted the time.

It's hard to be positive about this book. I know the author must have good intentions, and she has written lots of books, so she must have a following. (The only tick in the "positive" column is the fact that the book is squeaky clean. Squeaky clean, though, doesn't have to mean trite.)

However.....Kennedy - the main character - was just so impossible to like. She was immature,
Oct 26, 2010 Staci rated it it was ok
I enjoyed many of the characters in this book and I really liked that I got a feel for southern living. They have such a different culture in the south. I did however have some issues with this book and although I enjoyed it, there were many things that frustrated me. It is a murder mystery and anytime they would learn new facts for the case they would repeat them to all the characters involved. I was ready to scream, "We just read that two pages ago!!" Too much repetition that I felt the author ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok
I listened to this on CD. I think HEARING something makes my reaction a little different than when I READ something. I found I was rolling my eyes periodically about things that people would do or say. At times I was also incredulous. I really had trouble believing any legit law enforcement angency would allow a "civilian" to actively investigate anything. I could kind of accept that a podunk agency might try to get Kennedy and her ex-husband together by making up an assignment but the FBI going ...more
May 25, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-novels
This was a cute mystery with a surprise ending, but I got bored with the heroine being infatuated by every man who looked her way.
Kristen Landon
Dec 31, 2016 Kristen Landon rated it liked it
Nice little mystery. Kept me guessing.
Jan 26, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Cute enough I might look for the second one in the series. Not gonna win any Pulitzers, but fun for escapist reading.
Nov 30, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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May 04, 2010 Shelah rated it liked it
Kennedy Killingsworth is a twenty-four year-old, newly divorced librarian in small-town Georgia, getting ready to close up the library trailers for the evening when Foster Scoggins and his niece, Heaven, come in seeking help on a report to help Heaven so she won't have to repeat first grade yet again. A couple of hours later, Foster turns up dead, apparently a suicide, and Killingsworth just knows that he wasn't planning to off himself a few hours earlier, so she decides to figure out who killed ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Annemarie rated it did not like it
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Sep 25, 2010 Dlora rated it liked it
This frothy murder mystery tickled my fancy, mostly because of the humorous characters and the rural Georgia setting. In the story, Kennedy Killngsworth runs a small library out of two trailers, and the books mostly belong to her--sort of like me loaning out books to all of you! When crusty old Foster Scoggins applies for a library card and checks out a library book on gophers just hours before his apparent suicide, it doesn't take much for Kennedy to be persuaded to push the sheriff's departmen ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Adrienne rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kennedy Killingsworth, the librarian in a middle-of-nowhere Georgia town, is one of the last people to see Foster Scoggins before his alleged suicide. She can't help but wonder why he would apply for a library card only hours before killing himself, and she soon finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and being romanced by several of the suspects. Drake Langston seems nice enough; after all, he wants to build a new library in town. But he needed Foster to sell his land in order for ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Darla rated it really liked it
(Genre:LDS fiction/suspense) I have to say, that I always enjoy Green's stories. This one was no exception. I did not figure out who the murderer was until almost the end (before the main character figured it out, thank you very much). But even when I did know who did it, I still had the wrong spin on it. I love it when I can't figure it all out! The main character, Kennedy, was a little different from Green's other heroines, but she was enjoyable in her quirkiness. The atmosphere that the locat ...more
Dec 28, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
I need to qualify this right at the start. I read this while ill, taking medicine, being distracted by the TV and family, and so obviously not quite in my right mind.
I was a little disappointed in this. I felt her heroine was a bit weak - she can't deal with her mother but can solve a mystery that defeats others? Of course, no one else seems to be working on it very hard because they think at first it is a suicide, but even when she shows that there is a possibility of murder, no one works at it
Apr 05, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I read this series out of order. Covenant sent me a copy of Murder by the Way for review. I really enjoyed it but when I started it I didn't realize it was book 3 in a series. Once done I went back and started over with the first book to catch up on what I missed.

I enjoyed not knowing who was the good guy and who was the bad guy throughout these books. There were enough twist and turns to keep me guessing even having read the third book first. I was still interested in the story line from the f
Nov 08, 2010 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, my rating should really be 3.5 stars. This book is told in first person by the main character and small town librarian, Kennedy Killingsworth. Right off the bat I really liked Kennedy as a character and as the narrator of the story. Any one who lives off of moon pies and Pepsi is all right in my book. The mystery was great and kept me guessing up until the the very end, add to that a touch of romance, and I really enjoyed it. Kennedy is suspicious when a ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book that I've read by Betsy Brannon Green. It was okay. I'm giving it 3 stars because the ending had somewhat of a twist. My problem with this is that I really had to suspend reality in this series. The main character Kennedy is an immature 20 something who is somehow allowed to participate in a murder investigation. I just couldn't believe this. Maybe in a small town in the South does this work, but I'd like to think they are a little more savvy than that. Not only that, but ...more
Jan 13, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, those who like BBG
Recommended to Angie by: Book club march-Jenn S.
Shelves: book-club
This is a good 4.5, but I can't put that so i went with 4.

Definitely one of my favorite books by her. I have read and own all of her books, so I am already a fan. But, some are better than others and this one ranks with my top 3.

Initially I didn't connect so well with the main character, but the more I read, the more I liked her. I actually did not figure it out until the end, and that is somewhat unusual for me. I gave it a mere passing thought,but didn't really consider it. I liked how she ga
Aug 01, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
This first entry in Green's Kennedy Killingsworth series presents several interesting characters, including the protagonist, Kennedy. After what she thinks of as a dull life, she finds herself helping with a murder investigation, meeting interesting men, and dealing with her ex-husband's (and most of the town's) expectations that she will forgive his wrongs and take him back, which she is determined not to do. She also has an interesting family, especially her overinvolved mother. Kennedy seems ...more
Nov 14, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
This was such a different book by Green. I loved the writing style of first person. (I felt like I was reading an episode of Dragnet!) The plot was great and I loved the town of Midway! It was awesome having Haggerty characters in the story (especially the Iversons) and I thought Kennedy was a funny and quirky girl. The romance part (which is usually Green's strong suit) confused and left me hanging. I wasn't sure who I was supposed to cheer for Kennedy ending up with. Each of her suitors were s ...more
Oct 24, 2009 Alyson rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It was fun this week to walk into a bookstore and see this book by one of my favorite LDS romance authors. I didn't know there was a new book out. It was a great surprise.

I enjoyed this book, though it seemed different than her other books. I feel funny saying that since this book includes familiar characters: Miss Eugenia and the Iversons, from previous books. I think the main difference was that there was less closure at the end. It is possible we are being set up for a sequel.

The mystery was
Beth Ann
Apr 17, 2015 Beth Ann rated it liked it
I liked the premise as I am a library lover, and it wasn't bad for a light mystery, which is what I was after. Even though I am Mormon, I am not usually a fan of "LDS fiction" but this really didn't have that going against it. Religion played a very small part in the story, I think it mostly just meant, it was clean and the author is Mormon. But I didn't find the church thing as off-putting as most LDS or Christian novels. What didn't grab me was the character development. I just had a hard time ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Erica rated it it was ok
It was ok. Like many murder mysteries, it got lost in a multitude of characters in an effort to disguise the real killer; this leaves the reader with a bunch of undeveloped characters and a lack of storyline in many directions. Also, there was A LOT of repeating of information. Green should give her readers a little more credit. We can remember something from five pages earlier, so don't rehash the WHOLE thing again. I also felt like the writer threw in bits about being Mormon that had nothing t ...more
Katie W
Oct 20, 2009 Katie W rated it really liked it
Personally, I LOVED this book! I love the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I love it when Betsy Brannon Green pulls "old" characters back into a new story. And I love it when I cannot for the life of me figure out who did it. This book was also fun because I couldn't figure out which love interest the main character would chose either. The story is about a woman, Kennedy, who is newly divorced and has a love of books. She is her small town's librarian because of that love a ...more
Nov 04, 2009 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
This book introduces us to Kennedy, a girl from small town Georgia. She just happens to live near Albany and Haggerty. A man dies and it looks like suicide. Miss Eugenia meets up with Kennedy and is suspicious of this unexpected death. That it isn't suicide is born out by the events that follow as Kennedy investigates with direction from Miss Eugenia. We meet up with Kate and Mark Iverson and whole new cast of characters. It is a fun book. The ending makes it obvious it is the beginning of a new ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-authors
Small-town librarian Kennedy Killingsworth thought that Midway, Georgia, was the dullest place on earth—until a fateful day that begins with a speeding ticket and ends with a suicide. The ticket comes from Kennedy's ex-husband, Deputy Cade Burrell, who seems desperate to find any reason to talk to Kennedy ever since his scandalous affair. And the suicide victim is Foster Scoggins, the leathery- faced resident who applied for a library card just hours before his gruesome death.

It was a light wei
Mar 01, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it
This is a LDS fiction mystery. Up until recently, I really haven't read very many LDS fiction books other than the Gerald Lund books. This is a first in a series of mysteries. I read some reviews on it AFTER I bought the book, and they weren't terribly favorable, but I liked it. It was a nice, clean, and not very predictible mystery. I like all of the above. I only gave it three stars because it didn't stir my soul, make me want to be a better person, or enlighten me, but it was still fun.
Aug 14, 2011 Tiffeny rated it liked it
I got this book from the library because last month I'd read another book by this author, Don't Close Your Eyes and really liked it. Murder by the Book was an entertaining read, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did Don't Close Your Eyes. Don't Close Your Eyes gave me chills and totally creeped my out several times. This book didn't even come close to creeping me out. I also thought the characters were more witty and fun in Don't Close Your Eyes. That being said, I still enjoyed Murder b ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I love that BBG allows her main characters to be imperfect. No one in real life is actually perfect, so it's nice to read about that every once in a while. Like in this book, Miss Eugenia is driving Mark crazy, and he's not afraid to show it. And the main two characters have real life, not too melodramatic, problems going on in their lives before the murder happens. Plus, it doesn't get all perfectly tied up in the end. Life never gets perfectly tied up, so it's also nice to read about that.
Jan 22, 2011 Christina rated it liked it
Enjoyed the small town setting and thought the characters were fun. I don't think I would want to be one of Kennedy's close friends (that girl cannot keep a confidence), but I liked the story. I was even surprised when I found out who the murder was.


I liked that Kennedy didn't actually end up with anyone. It gives her time to grow up a little before she gets herself into another failed relationship.
Hollie Robb
Dec 26, 2009 Hollie Robb rated it it was amazing
This book was the best murder mystery I have read in a very long time. I stayed up until the wee hours in the morning trying to find out who done it. Love it, I could not figure out who done it.

Some of the characters were madding, others, were a surprise, for the roles they had played. The book it's self was slow to get started, but once it did it was well worth staying up until the wee hours in the morning.
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If you're not familiar with my books, I write mystery-suspense novels. I am LDS (Mormon) and so are some of my characters, but I have loyal readers from many different faiths. My goal is to engage the reader in my books. I want to make them laugh and cry and worry and dread the end.

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