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Book, Line and Sinker (Library Lover's Mystery #3)

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“Avast” in pirate speak means what?*

Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides plenty of excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. But when a shocking murder is committed in her cozy coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, the question of who did it must be answered before an innocent man gets the book thrown at him…

Lindsey is enjoying her second y
Published December 4th 2012 by Berkley
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Book was ok. A little too simple for a cozy. Still liked it. I'll read the series as I like the characters. I will probably check out the author's other series too. Buried treasure is the focus here, so it has an interesting plot line. Plus the whole deserted island piece is a kinda funny.

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May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I love the characters in this series, and it was great to be back in their world again. The more I get to know Lindsey, the better I like her, and Sully is a completely wonderful character! I was so happy with the closeness between them in this one until it fell apart at the end. It was very sad after how well things had been going. It seemed like an awful direction to take right at the end of the book, and kept me from giving the book the 5 stars that I had expected. I sure hope these two will ...more
❂ Jennifer
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love this series - it started off with an excellent first book and has just improved from there. Book, Line and Sinker is an excellent read with great characters that I could picture being friends with, a main love interest that one *wishes* existed in real life, and a town I'd love to call home.

The mystery in this book is excellent, with many twists and a bit of a shocker at the end. Ms. McKinlay had me along for the ride from beginning to end and in fact, I didn't put the book down until I w
Stacie  Haden
Great cozy series!
It's almost summer in Briar Creek and everything is going great for Lindsey Norris - that is, until her ex John arrives in town wanting her back. Lindsey knows she's committed to Sully but John won't go away. He's decided to stay in Briar Creek for the summer. Then Lindsey's friend Milton gets into a heated argument over the preservation of the islands vs. treasure hunting. A treasure hunting company has come to town in search of Captain Kidd's treasure and everyone seems to want a piece of the ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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McKinlay has a well-developed mystery writing style that obscures the solution until just before the climax, and yet, the baddie is usually involved in her stories fairly early on.

This might sound like an obvious necessity to successful mystery writing, but, I often find the murderer is revealed right away and spend the rest of the b
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the A Library Lover's Mystery series. Another exciting story from Jenn McKinlay.

The Riordan Salvage company wants to search Ruby Island, off the coast of Briar Creek, for the reputed buried treasure of Captain Kidd. This has the community in an uproar on both sides. Trudi Hargrave and Milton Duffy, are just two, who are at odds over this and are having a heated discussion at the library over this. In addition to this, John, Lindsey's former boyfriend, has shown up in Br
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series! This installment involves a search for pirate treasure on an island off the coast. There are some exciting scenes out on the water and there's a lot of action in this book. I loved visiting with Heathcliff, Lindsey's neighbors and of course Sully. The setting of this series is perfect and reminds me a lot of the famous Cabot Cove. I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress for Lindsey in the next book, which cannot come out soon enough!
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully cozy mystery from Jenn McKinlay. I absolutely love the characters in these books, and wish I could have seen a little more of the Crafternoon buddies in this one. (view spoiler) Briar Creek sounds like a wonderful place to live and visit. I can't wait for the next one to be released.
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd in this series and I really enjoyed it. Easy read with plenty to keep you entertained and interested and likeable characters.
This was my first cozy mystery and I'm glad I chose a library related one. It was cute. I'm not sure I'm in love with the genre, but I thought it was fun and I loved the library humor!
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Lines: "Daisy Buchanan was an insipid, shallow, soulless woman," Violet LaRue declared. "Jay should have found someone else."
Favorites on 4s:
14% - "Cranky of us, isn't it?" Beth asked. "I mean just because she's pushy, rude, loud, selfish and a complete narcissist, that's no reason to dislike the poor girl."
34% - The news had brought treasure seekers, the media and the merely curious into Briar Creek much like a horde of locusts on a field of crops.
54% - "Librarians are like vampires; we d
The third in the "library lovers" mystery series continues in a mostly light hearted vein although there IS a murder after all. Once again, it may be that my taste is reading is changing, but there were aspects of this that I found annoying. The story centers around a deserted island in the island group that is part of the Connecticut beach town where our librarian, Lindsay, is now living. Until a couple of years ago, she was a budding archivist at Yale, but was let go when her position was elim ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, cats
This is the third book in the Library Lover's Mystery series.

I enjoyed this book. These types of 'cozy' or 'comfort' mystery series are usually a fast read. This book continues the life of Lindsey Norris the librarian in Briar Creek, Connecticut. She is a very likeable character, as all the other return characters are. She has a great group of friends that are in the Crafternoon Book Group. She is dating Sully, a former navy guy who now owns a group of boats for tours, etc. to the islands.

Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book, Line, and Sinker, the third in this series, is a well-written and entertaining story. When a salvage company gets permission to excavate Ruby Island looking for Captain Kidd's treasure, the town's residents are divided. Unfortunately, the hunt for treasure quickly turns to a hunt for a murderer after the body of a resident is found at the excavation site. Sully believes that what is happening now on Ruby Island is connected to what happened there almost three decades earlier. For this reas ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Avast is a word that makes you think instantly of pirates, gold, treasures, and walking the plank. I learned that the word means "Stop." I seriously recommend that you 'avast' and buy this excellent and exciting mystery novel at your first available book outlet.

Library Director, Lindsey Norris is caught up in a pirate treasure hunt herself, when Briar Creek (local town) decides to lease an island for treasure hunting. The town is in a fever and so are the various groups that are pro and con this
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Angela Holland
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I loved this book just as much as I did the other two. I like reading about all the characters and wish I lived in this town so I could join the crafternoon club and be friends with them. Lindsey always seems to somehow get herself mixed up finding a dead body and then trying to find out who killed the person. Another thing I liked about this book was the pirate theme that this story took along with the little bit of history of Captain Kidd. There was quite the turn of events in the end of the s ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsey Norris, library director at Briar Creek, Connecticut, loves her job. She loves answering tricky reference questions. She's settling in for her second year, and has been happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. When a salvage company comes to town looking for buried treasure, Lindseys neighbor Charlie Peyton takes a job with them. However, when Trudi Hargrove, the local director of tourism, is found murdered at the construction site, and Charlie is the only one there, he is accused ...more
Cheri Varner
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another great story. I love how these stories are growing. Still a little carbon copy-ish. (Look at the meanest/ most annoying character in the beginning for the victim.) I really like Lyndsey. She is smart and independent, but willing to get help as needed. I love all the references to books and authors. The secondary characters are sweet and fun editions to the story. One complaint? The teaser is no where near correct. It hints that Charlie is a suspect and he's never really considere ...more
Savannah Avery
The previous two books in this series have gotten 5 stars. This book only got 3, the mystery wasn't as good as the previous books, it seemed all over the place. It would have gotten 4 stars if the love story would have continued being good (it started off great in the beginning and went an unrealistic direction). I still liked the book, it just wasn't anywhere as good as the first two. I will still be reading the next book in the series. I recommend this series for sure, but I wouldn't recommend ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I love this series! How can I not since it's about a librarian in a small town and she stumbles on mysterious murders.
Treasure huntes arrive in Lindsey's small town and disrupt the peace and quiet. They come lookin' for pirate treasure (arrrr) and one of the hunters turns up dead.
There's also an old murder that needs solving and Lindsey's beau, a tour boat captain, feels compelled to find out who did what.
Love love love this series!
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Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay

This is the third book in a great cozy mystery series. Lindsey is a Library Director who seems to always have to solve a murder in her small town. This series has a great small-town setting, interesting characters and enough book talk to make book lovers happy. In this book, an island is thought to have the treasure of Captain Kidd and of course people are hoping to get rich quickly. But at what cost?
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This the third book in the Library Lover's Mystery series and it just keeps getting better. This time around Lindsey is dating Sully and really enjoying life in her adopted town. That is until Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director brings in treasure hunters and is later found dead. Now she has to help two of her friends suspected of murdering Trudi before they land in jail for good.

The ending surprised me which I always enjoy. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It didn't really take me 5 days to read this. I started it on the 4th and then I was out of town for a work meeting and didn't pick it up again until the 8th.

Funny thing about this book is I kept telling myself I'd only read one more chapter and then I'd put the book down and do something else. Course then hours would pass and I hadn't put the book down. I cannot wait for the next book!!!!
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great cozy mystery with library director Lindsey. She lives in a small coastal town in Connecticut. As with most small towns there are great people and eccentric ones. This series reminds me of the Jessica Fletcher mysteries on Murder, She Wrote.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
I love this series and this book, but the ending as far as relationships, just rubbed me the wrong way. Great story, great characters, but that particular part of it just didn't ring true. I truly hope that will be rectified in the next book. If not for that part I would have given this 5 stars easy. Still.....Recommend!
Not as exciting as the first two books. The storyline was exciting in a few parts but just didn't reach the levels of the other books. I do still love the town and it's residents. I am looking forward to continuing the series. Keeping my fingers crossed for Lindsey and Sully!
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What?! Seriously?!? Oh my gosh...
Well, I'll give it to Jenn McKinlay- she knows how to keep you reading her books!
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