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Read It and Weep

(Library Lover's Mystery #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,010 ratings  ·  343 reviews
William Shakespeare is credited with inventing how many words?*

Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings…

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Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Berkley
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's getting better. I really like the main characters - especially the new addition! I'm loving the library backdrop. Who doesn't love a librarian solving crimes. And those kooky colleagues. And the dress up shows they perform. Silly fun. It's a cozy for those who love books.

Plus we meet Robbie Vine... the Shakespearean actor who stumbles into the main character and interrupts her love life with a fellow town member. Robbie can be a little obnoxious, but he is a great character. And I probably
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.A great addition to the series!
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
The "bad guy" in this one was EXTREMELY obvious to me, but that's not a big problem. The BIG PROBLEM is Ms. McKinlay's decision to go the dreaded triangle route! She is such a good writer that she REALLY doesn't need such tired, played out gimmicks to build readership. If this continues I'll be forced to drop both this and her Cupcake Bakery series as there's a triangle brewing there, too. I love her writing style, I love her characters, but triangles drive me up the wall and I won't waste my ti ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read It And Weep is the 4th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series. And an exciting and fun series it is.

There's an often used cliche, "I couldn't put the book down" and that certainly describes this book for me.

Violet LaRue, former stage actress and a craftnooner at Briar Creek Library, is getting ready to stage a play at the local community theatre and has enlisted the notable actor Robbie Vine to lead the cast. As casting call gets underway, it is very evident that Robbie is living up to
Peggy R
I am really enjoying this series. What I like the most about this author is her ability to create such diverse characters and settings. All of her series are different yet they all have terrific characters and engaging mysteries. Lindsey's life is a little chaotic now that she and Sully are no longer dating. I enjoyed how we got to see a bit more of the citizens of Briar Creek, especially Violet and Charlene in this book. I really liked the mystery, while I figure out the identity of the killer ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Not much to say about this installment in the Library Lover's Mysteries.
Usually I don't care what the outcome of a mystery is; I just want to see how it all happens. The killer was obvious at the beginning of the book. That just made the rest of the book a behind the scenes look at the making of a community theater play.
Pythagoras of Samos would be disappointed to know that his theorem has been used in such an obtuse form between Lindsey, Sully and Robbie.
There were a few things left open at
Bridget Vollmer
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another great book in this series. I guessed the suspect early on but what a surprise ending. Can't wait to read the next one.
Denise Zendel
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book No. 4 in the “Library Lover’s Mystery” series has Lindsay Norris, town librarian, participating in the community theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night ‘s Dream.” Everyone in town is trying out for a part, including the Lemon (aka Ms. Cole, Lindsay’s sour, disapproving employee). Lindsay is content with her backstage role in the costume department.

A handsome, famous actor, Robby Vine, is brought in to play one of the lead roles. Coincidentally he has a connection to assort
Barbara Tobey
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't put the book down. Sure, I guessed the suspect, surprises, plot twists and was satisfied that the one I wanted to be the "bad guy" really was, but I had to keep reading to make certain the book fulfilled all my guesses. Delightful series. I look forward to reading the next one. Lots of potential romance and development of other characters. Diverse group.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Annnd Love triangle means I’m out. Had a really hard time getting through this one which is a shame as the series had a promising opening.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Dollycas’s Thoughts
I loved this story! Not a huge fan of reading Shakespeare but love watching the plays and this production sounded like so much fun especially due to a very surprising twist.

Let’s face it Jenn McKinlay never disappoints. Each story is better than the last. She creates awesome characters and plots an engaging story around them that just keeps those pages flying. I especially enjoyed new side developing of “the lemon” Ms. Cole. Lindsey and Sully’s relationship is still on the roc
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Whew.. this one was all over the place. The author was trying to " teach" me too much about too many different topics; books, Shakespeare, theater, crafting cards, using a library as a resource tool, Munchausen by proxy, relationship tension, etc...
Seriously, I do not know why I keep reading these..... I like the character of Lindsey, but I am growing weary of the seesaw between her and Sully. Either be together or don't. I read mysteries for the crime and intrigue and don't mind a little romanc
I've just finished Read It and Weep and I can say that I enjoyed it even though it wasn't the best or most original murder mystery I have read. In my opinion, Jenn McKinlay is a skilled writer and she is able to turn a mediocre plot into a fun story. Of course the love triangle that makes its appearance in this book is not the best way to proceed with the whole series but I hope the next installment will be better.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this one out of order, I wasn't sure how I mixed that up. But it was very good, just the same. But because I read them out of order, I did have a clue to a surprise. There were some twists and turns that I really liked. And I really like getting to know the characters even more. I definitely recommend this book and this series!
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aint' nothing to cry about for fans of this series featuring a librarian in a seaside town. There's a little Shakespeare, a little community theater, a little love triangle, and of course murderous madness.
❂ Jennifer
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Annoyed and disappointed. Murderer obvious and there's a love triangle.

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the twist at the end completely threw me; I had no idea. A little slow in the middle. I liked it, will look for the others in the series.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a bad entry to this series....the prior three were much better reads. Just a little too much time spent on Lindsey waiting for Sully to declare himself. The twist at the end was a good one.
Vicki Gooding
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jenn McKinlay is an excellent author. This book was a tad different than the first three. Same library with diverse cast of characters, and circle of friends, neighbors and adorable little dog but it felt different. I actually knew where the story was heading early on, but it was still fun getting there. The group of friends are dynamite how they are just there for one another. A new personality from the theater of this story created a love triangle in this book. As sometimes happens in these ty ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Read It and Weep, the fourth book in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's Mystery series, the town of Briar Creek stages its own production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play is produced and directed by their very own Violet LaRue, a famous retired Broadway actress, who Invites her close friend Robbie Vine, a fellow highly famous Broadway actor, to star as Puck. In bringing Robbie to Briar Creek, Violet inadvertently brings drama to the community, with people either loving or hat ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! This was probably my favorite in the series so far. The mystery was a bit predictable but it did have me second guessing myself a bit. (view spoiler) I'm even more invested in this ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When Lindsey's friend Violet enlists the aid of her friends to join in the community theater production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lindsey knows the stage is not the place for her. All her friends and staff members are involved - even Ms. Cole aka "the lemon." Lindsey reluctantly agrees to help with costumes. She's surprised to discover Sully, still not really talking to her, helping with the sets and realizes her friends are playing matchmaker. Sully is jealous of Lindsey's growing friendshi ...more
Debbie Lester
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The fourth book in the Library Lover's Mystery series, Read It And Weep will have Jenn McKinlay fans enthralled. This is a great example of what a cozy mystery should be. McKinlay dabbles in the darker side of humanity but still manages to keep the book light and fun despite the circumstances. Public library awareness, as well as, local theatre support are ideas that permeate this book and readers will love all of the background knowledge and tidbits that the characters provide. With an idyllic ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Retired Broadway actress Violet La Rue is putting on a play at Briar Creek Community Theater and all her friends from the library are helping out in some way. Violet’s friend, the famous actor Robbie Vine, is set to play Puck in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” when several attempts on his life are made. Robbie’s wife, his girlfriend, Violet’s ex-boyfriend, and a sleazy reporter all come under suspicion. Library director Lindsey Norris does her best to find the killer.

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The a
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Although I've enjoyed the series, this fourth installment was a bit disappointing. The mystery was weak- very predictable with obvious clues. The love triangle thing is getting old, and Lindsey is starting to get annoying with her romantic melodrama. In fact, if the romance portion of this book weren't so juvenile I'd probably rate it higher.

2.5*- Not the best, and it almost made me give up on the series, but not quite yet. I just hope the author will show Lindsey some redemption in the next boo
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
At Least It’s Not the Scottish Play by Jenn McKinlay @PRHAudio

From the convoluted events and the bad luck the characters in this book endure, you might think this is Macbeth, but the town’s community theatre is putting on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

What is fun in this story is the giddy attraction between the handsome actor, Robbie Vine and Lindsey (the series sleuth and town librarian) as she and her beau, Mike Sullivan, try
So, I read this for a challenge after swearing I wouldn't read another book from this series. (The task was to read something you swore you'd never read). Now. I don't mind Lindsey. I do think she's a pushover, she shouldn't be managing her library when she's cowed by everything. We don't see her do a whole lot of managerial tasks, but still. She mentions of meetings attended and emails sent, but it's all in the past and never part of her daily activities in the book. She uses her reference libr ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok I will admit that I read the first book in this series because of the clever title and interesting cover. But I have kept reading the series because it is so good. The titles are still clever and the covers still cute, but the stories have me hooked. This is number four and lives up to the first three. This one has all the cast and characters I have come to love and to love to hate. And this one has the added attraction of William Shakespeare. The local community theater takes on A Midsummer ...more
Jenny T.
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
This is the 4th book in the Library Lover's mystery series. Drama and murder take hold of the residents in Briar Creek, CT, who are putting on a production of Midsummer's Night Dream at the community theatre. Although Lindsey Norris' specialty is books, she researches her way into the investigation. I enjoyed re-visiting all of the main characters and check in on Lindsey's love life in this quick read.
(Thanks to the Book Nerd Review Crew for the copy of this book!)
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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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