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Read It and Weep

(Library Lover's Mystery #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,937 ratings  ·  422 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
Natalia  R
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
Mark Baker
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
This fall, Lindsey’s friend Violet La Rue is directing a local theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she is encouraging everyone to try out for it. Lindsey is more interested in working behind the scenes on the costumes, but many of her friends land parts in the play. The one non-community member cast is Violet’s friend, Robbie Vine, a celebrated actor. He brings with him his wife and his girlfriend, but he still is immediately smitten with Lindsey, and he starts flirting with her ...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
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best book in the series thus far I loved it! Wish I could give it 10 stars!
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. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
This series is so easy to love. I enjoyed the play setting in this one. I had some things figured out(including the murderer) but was definitely surprised at the ending too. Looking forward to seeing what happens next with Lindsey and Sully too!
Dawn Michelle
All authors, repeat after me...

L O V E TRIANGLES are L A Z Y writing.

I think I sprained my eyes from rolling them so hard in this book. ANOTHER love triangle? REALLY Jenn McKinlay? R E A L L Y???


It is lazy writing and insulting to the readers. It is a gimmick to get the reader to continue reading the series. It is cheap and lazy and UGH!!!!! PLEASE STOP!!!

The story itself wasn't that bad - the village has decided to put on A Midsummer Night's Dream [my favorite of all the bards comedic
Amber Scaife
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Lindsey gets involved in the current local theater production and *nearly* gets involved with the famous actor who comes to town for a role in the play, all while still working out her feelings for Handsome Boat Captain Who Dumped Her in the Last Book. Oh, and there's a murder.
The writing isn't great (or even good in parts) and the story is kind of silly, but I can't help it: I love cozy mysteries. So comforting and non-brain-cell-needing. I love to love the characters and the small towns they i
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
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.
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. ...more
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.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
In this fourth book, the community is putting on the play, A Midsummers Night's Dream by Shakesphere. Doing a guest appearnace as Puck is a professional actor by the name of Robbie Vine, a real charmer. Unfortunatley, someone seems to have it in for him, as there are several "accidents" and finally a poisioning. Who is trying to ruin the performance for everyone?

One thing that really annoyed me at the beginning of the book was how many times it was mentioned that Sully had mahogany curls. It was
I haven't read any of this series for ages. It's still fun. ...more
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
Leslye ♥
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
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of this series & cozy mysteries
I like this one & think it's a fine cozy series. I was reading them in order but my library had the third in the series checked out so I went with this one & I can say, I don't think it matters with regard to continuity. After reading the first and second these can likely be read out of order without causing one to be lost. I'll likely continue with the series. ...more
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! ...more
Heidi Prockish
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
My first book of 2021 is a re-read. I love, love, LOVE this series!! I feel like I can relate to Lindsey and so I get sucked in on page 1. I really like the twist that is part of this book and I am so hungry for more!! If you like cozies, definitely try this series!! (Also, I recommend reading this one in order)
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. ...more
❂ Murder by Death
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
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Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series and will be debuting a stand alone romantic comedy in July 2020 entitled PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars. ...more

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