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On Borrowed Time

(Library Lover's Mystery #5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,503 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Loving a good cup of coffee runs in the family for Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris. But when her brother, Jack, a consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, her favorite beverage becomes a key clue in a dangerous mystery.

Between preparing the library for the holidays and juggling the affections of ex-boyfriend, Captain Mike Sullivan, and her new crush, acto
Mass Market Paperback, 271 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good series continuity with On Borrowed Time. Great addition of the brother, I was looking forward to meeting him. His story was a little over the top, but I definitely like where the series is going. I look forward to #6 which should be in paperback in about 3 months! I have enough to keep me reading until then but I will be back!

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Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
Very disappointing, especially coming from Jenn McKinlay. I think she might be spreading herself too thin with all the series she has going right now. The characters did SUCH stupid things. Sully & Robbie acted like pre-adolescent schoolboys and the story was over-the-top. I expect SO much more from this author. Hoping this was just a stumble and will read the next in this series. If it's not a damn sight better, though, this is one series that can be put aside.
Jenn McKinlay regularly juggles multiple mystery series, including the Library Lover's series. And, she also juggles romantic interests, a primary storyline in her latest book, On Borrowed Time.

Library Director Lindsey Norris has nothing more serious to worry about than her love life. Captain Mike Sullivan "Sully" and British actor Robbie Vine are actually making fools of themselves, stumbling over each other to get Lindsey's attention. Then, her brother, Jack, shows up at the Briar Creek Public
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Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love this series - I love the setting and the characters. But this one was bad. The men bickering wasn't funny, it just made them both look immature, and the plot line was a farce. The scene in the bay at the climax was a complete defiance of the laws of physics. Every series has to have a bomb I guess, and this one was it. I hope.

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Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.A great addition to the series!Jenn Mckinlay is quickly becoming one of my favourite cozy mystery authors and I am looking forward to reading more books by her.
I love reading Jenn McKinlay's cozy mystery series. Her library lover's series is my favorite out all the series she writes. This is the fifth book in the series.

For some reason, I just couldn't connect with this story. The mystery sounded very interesting at first. But, it just fell flat and uninteresting as the story continued.

The fighting between Sully and Robbie for Lindsay's affection, was a little over blown and in my opinion, a little childish at times. I felt I was rolling my eyes thro
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the Meridian Library for my copy. Who would expect to find themselves in a spy tale when in the library? It all starts in the 5th book of Library Lover series. Lindsey Norris finds her brother Jack in a room at the Briar Creek Library. The next time Lindsey enters the room, Jack has been replaced with a dead man. That evening Lindsey watched in horror a sNack is kidnaped by a beautiful woman. What trouble has Jack managed to get into? Lindsey and Sully are followed one evening the same ...more
Peggy R
This was my least favorite book in this series. This author has done a terrific job of creating a cast of interesting and engaging characters, with story lines that have just zipped along for me. I really liked the part of the plot dealing with the sibling relationship between Jack and Lindsey. I am not a fan of the love triangle and the one in this series is starting to drag and detract from the overall story. I found that Lindsey's love life was more predominate than the mystery - which fell a ...more
Fun fast reading.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I am still on the fence about this series. I used to love it but the last two books have not been up to par IMO (it could be because the author has too many series going at the same time??) I was glad it appears there has been some resolution to the dreaded love triangle (I think at least) and I still love the setting and the characters so will continue with the series for now.

I will also add that the convoluted mystery in this one did NOT help. It was not good. Not good at all.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Jenn McKinlay's On Borrowed Time opens, Lindsey Norris is about to hold her weekly crafternoon group at the library where she is the head when she opens the meeting room only to see her brother asleep on one of the sofas. Begging Lindsey to let him hide out there for a time, Jack seems to go back to sleep, but when Lindsey returns as soon as her craft, lunch, and book discussion group concludes, rather than finding her brother where she left him, Lindsey finds a stranger, and he has been stra ...more
Now that Lindsay has put down roots in Briar Creek, she's eager for Christmas when her whole family will be joining her for the first time in years. When her beloved brother Jack shows up unexpectedly early, Lindsay is eager to show him off to her friends. However, Jack doesn't want anyone to know he's there and just wants to lie low. Lindsay is willing to cover up his arrival but when she returns to check on Jack, he has disappeared and there's a dead body on the floor! Lindsay knows Jack would ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lindsey’s brother comes to town and he seems to be living “on borrowed time”! One minute he is there in the library crafternoon room resting after his long trip and when Lindsey goes back to check on him, he gone, but there is a dead body in his place. Hang on tight because the next 260 pages are packed with action as Lindsey tries to find her brother and figure out just what kind of trouble he has gotten himself into. The crafternooners and Lindsey’s love interests are more t
May 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Now I remember why I'd been debating reading any more of this series. Charming, likeable characters have turned into ridiculous caricatures.

The sniping between Sully and Robbie made them seem like teenagers and their hovering over Lindsey was beyond irritating.

And Lindsey's refusal to go the authorities was dumb. Especially when she seemed to recognize it wasn't what she should be doing.

I won't be back. 2.5 stars

(Ps-breaking the fourth wall to put a positive spin on love triangles is not a good
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie

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Lindsey Norris encourages groups to meet at or start-up at the library in Briar Creek since she became director. This library has heart, and Lindsey is at the heart of its heart. On Borrowed Time opens before the start of a crafternooners meeting, where reading and crafting are brought together. The regular meeting room holds a surprise, however; she finds her world-traveling brother as she turns the lights on. When she
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
On Borrowed Time is the fifth book in the A Library Lover's Mystery series.

The holidays are just around the corner in beautiful Briar Creek and Lindsay is busy getting the library ready. As she enters the meeting room to get ready for the Craftnooner group meeting, she is shocked to see her brother, Jack, there. He asks her to not ask any questions and to let him get some sleep. Later when she returns to the room, her brother is gone and a man who has been strangled is in the room. Soon she sees
Michelle Robinson
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
What had been a charming little cozy mystery series has denigrated into a book filled with unbelievable plots and hijinks.

Lindsey has gone from a thoughtful librarian, incapable of behaving as an adult in a relationship would, she and Sully never discuss anything and she becomes emotionally entangled with whatever other single man flirts with her, to being melodramatic while she chases her disappearing brother sound.

So much happens, in this novel, that is just overblown and ridiculous that I fo
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The writing is issue is this was supposed to be a cozy mystery. Lindsey, the main character who is supposed to be the sleuth spent most of the book going back and forth between her ex-boyfriend Sully who wanted her back and newcomer to town, Robbie, who wants to date her but he's married. The antics of the two men were entertaining - but if I wanted to read a chik lit/contemporary romance I'd pick one up.

The past few years there has been this annoying trend in cozy mysteries of the au
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Quite disappointed. All very unlikely scenarios and heavy-handed explanations and descriptions, it seems the author had a hard time compiling this. (Or did Joanne Fluke fill in for her?) I didn't buy the story, either. Or even get into it. One panic-driven librarian single-handedly taking on a South American cartel? Oh yes, she had her ladies' club plus two besotted admirers (whom she kept sending off like little kids) to assist her eventually. And pretty please, not another love triangle!!! Act ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just love all of the books in this series. On Borrowed Time was unique because no one in the town was a suspect for the crime that was committed. Instead of trying to solve the mystery and exonerate a friend, Lindsey had to piece together the limited information she had and wait to see how things played out before forming a plan and jumping into action. A lot of new characters were introduced in this one, and I look forward to seeing who comes back for the next book. This series really makes m ...more
Aug 10, 2015 added it
Book 5 in the Library Lovers mystery series by Jenn McKinlay and it still satisfies. Lindsey, head librarian of the Briar Creek Public Library has her hands full with the mysterious appearance and disappearance of her brother Jack and balancing her love life between two rivals; Sully and Robbie. When a dead body is found in her library the mystery begins and Lindsey and her Crafternooner friends get pulled right along.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but I'm knocking it a star because it is made out to be a Christmas themed book and the holidays were mentioned MAYBE twice. The wreaths on the cover and talk of holidays on the back is deceiving. I was looking for something that filled me with Christmas cheer but this book might as well be read in August :(
On Borrowed Time is the 5th book in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's Mystery. Although I usually love this series and the author's writing, there is just something missing from this book. I hope that the next book will bring the specialness back. 3.5 stars
Mary Ann
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is close to Christmas and Lindsey is preparing for the Crafternooners meeting and goes into the conference room and finds her brother, Jack, waiting for her. She agrees to let him sleep in the room and moves the meeting to a different room, saying that the original room is cold. They have their meeting and she comes back to find her brother missing, the window to the room open and a dead man. She calls the police but keeps her brother's appearance and disappearance a secret.

I borrowed this i
Library director Lindsay Norris's brother, Jack, shows up in the library and before she can even find out what he is doing in Connecticut, a dead John Doe appears where she left him. Then Jack is kidnapped by a woman and her tough-looking hired help. In order to keep Jack from harm, she must keep all of this from the chief of police, which puts the two women at odds.

The action gets hectic when Lindsay herself is in danger and her two swains, Mike Sullivan and Robbie Vine compete for the job of
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In On Borrowed Time Lindsay's brother Jack comes for a visit but it's not just for a quick visit he is in a spot of trouble and ends up getting kidnapped and leaving a dead body in the library. Lindsay knows her brother didn't do it but has no clue what is going on and why some lady kidnapped him. He works in coffee and who would have thought that could be so dangerous and that they actually have coffee cartels! 

I enjoyed this one because the bickering  between Robbie and Sully really cracked me
Stacie  Haden
This one didn't draw me in, like the first four in the series. Hoping it was just an anomaly.
Pat Cray-Hollis
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookstore
I love Jenn Mckinlay books. I highly recommend her books.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't stop reading this series. Just when I finish one book I want to read the next one. Another good installment in the series so far. Don't know what else to say honestly.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
In this entry in the series, Lindsey is setting up for one of the Crafternoon meetings that these books always begin with, only to discover her brother, Jack, hiding in their meeting room. At Jack's request, she doesn't tell anyone about him, lets him stay in the room, and makes up an excuse to have the Crafternoon meeting somewhere else. She's both shocked and worried when she goes to check on Jack and discovers that 1) he's gone and 2) there is now a dead man in the meeting room.

Lindsey is su
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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.

Other books in the series

Library Lover's Mystery (10 books)
  • Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery, #1)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Hitting the Books (Library Lover's Mystery, #9)
  • Word to the Wise (Library Lover's Mystery, #10)