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Better Late Than Never

(Library Lover's Mystery #7)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,095 ratings  ·  267 reviews
In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case...
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines for late returns—the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can hand
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Berkley
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When I need a go-to, guaranteed solid and sure-fire cozy mystery, I look to Jenn McKinlay for her wonderful settings, characters and plots. In the seventh book of the Library Lover's mystery series, I found another good read with Better Late Than Never. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and round it up to 4 on Goodreads and Amazon.

It's Amnesty Day at the Briar Creek Public Library where Lindsey receives hundreds of overdue library books, including one that was last handled by someone who was murdered
Jody McGrath
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Librarian, Lindsey Norris, has decided to hold "Amnesty Day" at the library, where patrons can return late or damaged books and the fines will be waived. This is a huge success! The library gets a ton of returns, including a book that was checked out over twenty years ago. When she learns that the book was checked out by a young teacher who was murdered the same day and the murderer was never caught, Lindsey goes straight to the police. Lately in town there has been a rash of break-ins, and whil ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Monday morning I finished Jenn McKinlay's Better Late Than Never and I loved it. I loved it because of how the story unfolded and the clues were laid out. The idea that an overdue library book would be the catalyst to solving a murder is pretty darn cool and I love the idea of amnesty free day at the Library. My mother was always owing the library, it always made me laugh and fear bells and whistles going off when we would go. This book I felt involved in, felt very real to me. While I have read ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey Norris, the director of Briar Creek Public Library still has not rid herself of her bittinsky ways. The library is having a book amnesty day much to librarian, Mrs.Cole aka "The lemon's" dismay. Lindsay discovers that someone has returned a book twenty years over due, "The Catcher in the Rye" that was checked out my a murdered high school teacher, Candice Whitley.

Of coarse because of the returned library book, Lindsey investigates to try to find out who returned the book. Was it the kil
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books in the series so far!
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
This is the seventh book in the library lovers series. The library is holding its first amnesty day. It goes better than expected and bins and bins of overdue books are returned. One of the books is a copy of the cather in the rye that had been checked out by Candice Whitley twenty years ago on the day she was murdered.

I love this series. We finally get an answer to the love triangle and I will be honest I did squeal a little when the L word was exchanged. The mystery was well done and I really
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-reader, cozies
i'm tired of the faux- romance (there's nothing real about it). this is just like all the others in the series. the early books were great but have been going down hill in the last few. i think i'm done with this series, it's such a pity because this series used to be great.
Peggy R
I am really enjoying this series and happy that I finally bumped it to the top of the TBR pile as part of my New Years resolution to make a dent in the list. Lindsay is a wonderful character and I am always drawn into the story. I know the joke running through the series is that she is a buttinsky, but she doesn't come off that way. She is usually in the wrong place at the wrong time and her natural curiosity always manages to get her involved somehow. I liked that the mystery in this story was ...more
Erin L
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-books
This book gets me caught up on the Library Lovers Mystery series for now.

When Lindsay hosts a Library Fee Amnesty Day, she gets a library full of returned materials, but one of the books is 20 years overdue and last checked out to a woman murdered the same day she checked it out. Of course, Lindsay is curious about this. She turns the book over to the police, but can't help investigating on her own particularly since the police are busy with a series of break-ins happening around town.

Lately I'
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to my library for my copy. The library has amnesty day for the return of overdue library books and material. It is a success as the number of books being returned is huge. Among the Books is one that has been overdue for twenty years. In checking out who the borrower. Lindsey finds the book was checked by Candice Whitley the day she was murdered. The case went unsolved Lindsey feel she needs to learn what happened that day. Her romance with Sully is covered and Robbie begins to become ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better Late Than Never is the seventh book in the A Library Lover’s Mystery series.

It’s always a joy to visit Briar Creek Public Library and catch on what Lindsey, Ms. Lemon(Miss Cole), her staff and the Crafternoons.

The staff is overwhelmed with returned books, as Lindsey has decided on a day of amnesty for fines on overdue books much to Miss Cole’s chagrin. Everyone is shocked when Paula brings in a book that appears to have been 20 years overdue. Miss Cole digs through her immaculate record
Cynthia Rodrigues
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
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The main reason why I chose to read this book was the fact that it was set in a library. I love books and for a brief while, I wanted to become a librarian when I grew up.
The book contained interesting information about books. For instance, we learn that Salinger didn’t want a cover design for his book in order to avoid distracting the reader. Though those references were interesting, they couldn’t raise this book above th
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s a cold case this time for Lindsey as a book is returned to the library 20 years after it was checked out. Imagine the fine if it wasn’t Overdue Book Amnesty Day! I know they wouldn’t charge more than it cost to restock the book but think of all those days adding up, right around 7300. The creepy part comes when we learn that the book was checked out by a teacher that was murdered on the same day as she checked out the book. Who had the book? Why did they return it to the
I like this series a lot and it's stayed fresh for over seven books. The best part about the series is that a lot of the action revolves around the library or books. Favorite new character is Paula the punk rock librarian. The only issue I had with the book (view spoiler)
Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up.

Extremely quick read that I mostly enjoyed. Most of the problems in the last book were remedied. However, Lindsey was still immature at times. This book leaves with a solid ending that almost hints that this is the last book in the series. With Berkley's broad cozy cut in the last year or so, I wouldn't be surprised, but I hope not. I enjoy the setting and characters for the most part and I will read the next one if one indeed comes out.
Jessica Robbins
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay is the seventh book in A Library Lover’s Mystery series. It is First Annual Amnesty Day at the Briar Creek Public Library. They library clerks are being overwhelmed with returned books. The day is an overwhelming success. Lindsey Norris instigated a contest with a prize for the clerk who finds the grungiest book and the oldest due book. One clerk shows Lindsey J.D. Salinger’s Cather in the Rye that was due October 23, 1996. Lindsey takes the book to Miss E ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Better Late than Never by Jenn McKinlay, the library is having a day of amnesty, when people can turn in late books for no fees. Paula, the new librarian, finds a book in perfect condition that is 20 years overdue. In curiosity, they get Ms. Cole to look up who checked out the book 20 years earlier, which sends her into a hyperventilating fit. They learn that the book was checked out by Candice Whitley, the deeply-loved young English teacher known for making a significant difference among her ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the series by this author, but this is my absolute favorite. I would move to Briar Creek in a heartbeat if it really existed. I mean, sure the murder rate seems pretty high for such a small town, but everything else is so perfect!

I liked the mystery in this one. I was so sure several times that I knew who the killer was. I was wrong. Lindsey's declaration at the end though... that can't last, right? I don't know what I'd do with myself.

I was happy Lindsey made a decision about he
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Lindsey and her library team are holding an Amnesty day (much to the disgust of Ms Cole!) with a chart up for the most damaged, the longest out etc.  New staff member Paula is pleased to find a copy of The Catcher in the Rye which is twenty years overdue, but when Ms Cole hears about it she start hyperventilating and eventually manages to tell Lindsey that the book was taken out by a murdered teacher, and it turns out it was taken out the day she died.

Lindsey, Robbie and Emma need to work out if
Nancy Haddock
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, and Better Late Than Never has a wonderfully different premise. Once you start a Jenn McKinlay book, you won't want to stop!
Jessica Wilhoite
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this one and I won it from a giveaway which makes it all the better!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Great story, great mystery! Different layers to this mystery really kept me guessing and looking for clues on every page. Looking forward to reading #8!
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun, as usual. I wish the chemistry between the male and female leads was more believable, but otherwise this is an entertaining series.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Library Lover's mystery series. This series by author McKinlay is taking its place among my other favorite, though much longer running, cozy series: Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series and M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. This series has more romance than I would deliberately seek but instead of being soppy and cringe inspiring, it develops the characters. The attachment between Ms. Cole and Milton Duffy, started in Read It and Weep (2013), has certainly helped hum ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mystery
Another in the Library Lovers Mystery. I really enjoyed it, think it’s one of the better ones lately in the series. I liked the cold case being the new case for Lindsey and co to solve. Plenty to keep me interested while I tried to figure out who dunnit!
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Briar Creek Public Library holds it's first ever Amnesty day, forgiving fines, Lindsey and her staff are surprised to see a book returned after 20 years. When Ms. Cole checks to see who checked the book out, she reacts strangely. The book was checked out to Candice Whitley, a high school English teacher who was murdered the very day she checked out the book. Lindsey, being a "buttinski" is determined to figure out the connection between the book and the killer. If the book was returned now, ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

Better Late Than Never (Library Lover’s Mystery #7)
Author: Jenn McKinlay
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In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case…

When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines f
I received this book as part of the First to Read program with Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

Local librarian, Lindsey Norris, has decided to give all of her patrons a fresh start by holding an amnesty day at the library. Books that are overdue can be turned in and fines will be overlooked. Little did she realize that this idea would be incredibly successful as well as open up an old mystery. Many books are anomalously returned, included a copy of Catcher in the Rye that h
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this book to dabble in reading “cozy mysteries” while also enjoying the thought of reading a murder mystery with a librarian protagonist (as I am a librarian and general book enthusiast). There were some notably funny and enjoyable parts to this book. I really enjoyed the descriptions of librarians, library clerks/staff, and patrons. The author really nailed some of the personality quirks specific to the library world, which was pretty hilarious and awesome. However, the mystery itself, b ...more
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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)
  • On Borrowed Time (Library Lover's Mystery #5)
  • A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery, #6)
  • 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)