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Death in the Stacks

(Library Lover's Mystery #8)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,412 ratings  ·  344 reviews
In the latest Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library's big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble . . .

Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream-
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Berkley
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Who wouldn't love a book with an autumn theme set in a library? I truly enjoyed Death in the Stacks, the eighth book in the Library Lover's mystery series written in 2017 by Jenn McKinlay. I'm a big fan of her other series too, but this one is my favorite. What made it even more exceptional was the character cross-over from her other series: The Hat Shop and The Cupcake Bakery. I haven't yet read her About a Dog series, so there may have been a cross-over, I'm just not certain. Nonetheless, wow, ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jenn McKinlay’s wonderful series continues as the Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser is about to take place in Briar Creek. That is if the new library board president, Olive Boyle doesn’t screw everything up. She is a cantankerous woman that makes Ms. Cole (lemon) look like a real peach. Olive Boyle has all kinds of plans for the library including uniforms and getting rid of Lindsey and Paula. She also makes some last minute decisions regarding the fundraiser dinner, but luckily
Wendi Lee
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Death in the Stacks is the eighth book in the Library Lover's series, but my introduction to the world of Lindsey Norris, crime-solving librarian. And can I just say how much I adore this idea of libraries+cozy mysteries???

The new president of the library board, Olive Boyles, hates everyone. She threatens to fire Lindsey, have a librarian's assistant fired, and soon after is found dead during a library fund-raising event. Lindsey has sworn off crime-solving, but because both she and Paula (the a
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to my library for my copy. In the 8th installment of the Library Lover's series, we find Lindsey and friends preparing for the annual Dinner In The Stakes fundraiser. Olive Boyle, the new President of the Library Board is challenging Lindsey for control of the library and has stated that she will get Lindsey fired. Olive plans on changing everything the library is doing. Among the changes, Olive has said Paula must be fired. Olive has managed to upset many of the people by her actions. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Met crossover characters from two other series of cupcake bakers and hat makers.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My idea of the perfect library is one stocked with all cozy mysteries! And of course that would mean an entire Jenn McKinlay section.

Each book in this series just gets better and better! And this holds true with DEATH IN THE STACKS. Over the course of the eight books in the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the town of Briar Creek, and all of its wonderful, endearing characters have grown to become among my favorites in the cozy mystery world.

DEATH IN THE STACKS was another well plotted mystery that
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brier Creek Librarian Lindsey Norris is gearing up for the annual Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser when she receives a visit from Olive Boyle, the new president of the library board. Olive takes aim at Paula, the library's newest hire, and suggests that Paula has a less than stellar background, and she intends to see the young woman gets fired. Then she's going to make sure that Lindsey loses her job for hiring Paula in the first place.

After Olive makes a scene at the fundraiser, Lindsey confront
Thanks bunches to Penguin for the ARC.

I wasn't familiar with Jenn McKinlay before reading Death in the Stacks. I adore books about books and quite enjoy cozies, so naturally, Death in the Stacks had me at library mystery. Sadly, I don't think this book was a good fit for me.

The writing is awkward with some rather oddly constructed sentences. There is very little character development and dialog doesn't flow naturally. Everyone sounds like they’re reading from a script. It’s all tell and no show
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-book
Another cracking murder mystery by Jenn McKinlay (if you love books and murder then please give this series a go!)

Lindsey and her staff are having to work with a new Library Board President (for some reason the well liked, nay loved! Milton Duffy was voted out), the problem is the new Board President (Olive Boyle) is NOT easy to work with, she is sly, manipulative and blackmailing (oh NOT for money but for prestige), when she threatens to sack both Lindsey and new hire Paula, Lindsey knows there
Peggy R
This has to be one of my favorite books in this series. Everything just came together perfectly. All of the characters are hitting their stride; relationship issues have been resolved and their is plenty of growth and character development. I really liked how the author had the characters from all three series in one book. It was woven in nicely. The mystery was well done and I was surprised at the identity of the killer. It was a nice twist I didn't see coming. There were plenty of suspects to ...more
Stacie  Haden
Five stars for this Cozy mystery. I like these characters and I loved the crossover appearance of characters from two other Jenn McKinlay's series. I know a book is good when I make out loud happy noises. 😁

Ps. Ratings: Apples to Apples, Cozies to Cozies.
Doward Wilson
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Meet Lindsey Norris, Library Director in the coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut. As the night draws near for the library's primary yearly fundraiser, Dinner In The Stacks, the new library board president, Olive, starts verbal altercations with both Lindsey and her youngest librarian assistant, Paula. Olive seems to be determined to hassle Paula into quitting and firing Lindsey. When Olive again tries to usurp the evening's event, she is ridiculed by everyone except her three friends. At th ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Jenn McKinlay has become one of two cosy mystery writers I'll read without a second thought, and while I've only read the first book in this particular series (several years ago, at that), it was easy to pick back up with Lindsay Norris and the enjoyable characters of Briar Creek and their enviable library programs. This book is not high literature, but it does have a breezy, fast-paced plot, fun dialogue and a truly horrific murder victim, and that's about all you can really ask for in a cosy m ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is the eighth book in the library lovers series. Lindsay and her friends are preparing for the annual fundraiser, Dinner in the Stacks. They are also dealing with a new board president in Olive Boyle. To say that she makes everyone she comes into contact with miserable is an understatement. She criticizes Lindsay and her staff, and goes so far as to threaten the job of a recent hire of Lindsay's. So when that hire is found next to Olive's dead body on the night of the fundraiser, things are ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved how characters in her other series showed up!
Lindsey Norris has her hands full planning the annual Briar Creek Library's Dinner in the Stacks fundraising event. The last thing she needs is the library board butting in but the new board president, Olive Boyle, won't keep her opinions to herself. She hates everything Lindsey does including Lindsey's newest employee, Paula Tanner. Olive threatens Paula with nasty insinuations and threatens Lindsey's job. Is Lindsey mad at Olive enough to kill? While cleaning post-fundraiser, Lindsey discovers ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Death in the Stacks
Library Lover’s Mystery, Book #8
By Jenn McKinlay
Author’s website:
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream–it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board presiden
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Librarian Lindsey Norris, director of the Briar Creek Public Library is enjoying her life. She has a handsome man in love with her, Captain Sully, and her dog, Heathcliff, and a job she adores. Lots of good friends and life is going as it should.

That is...until a new the library board elected a new president. Enter one Olive Boyle. The woman is acerbic and filled with vendettas. One, unfortunately is set against not only Lindsey, but her staff worker, Paula.

While planning for the annual fund ra
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Book #8 in series. Not as good as usual for me. I really am not a fan of the Robbie character, and I am ready for him to drift off into non-existence. His sleuthing with Lindsey makes the entire book less enjoyable. I did like how the characters from her other series made appearances. 2.5 stars
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 stars.
Fast paced. I loved going back and visiting some of my favorite characters (especially Robbie and Emma), but I thought Lindsey was a bit much in this book. I will read the next one, though.
Jessica Robbins
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Nancy Haddock
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As always, great characters and plot, and some little awesome surprises!
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Since this is the 8th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series, there are certain things I can't disclose because of spoilers. However, let me say I devoured this book and this series keeps going strong. In this installment, there is a new library Board member, Olive Boyle, and she's out to make Lindsey's life hell. One night, after a fundraiser, Olive is found dead in the stacks and one of Lindsey's favorite employees is the prime suspect. Even though Lindsey has sworn off investigating, she ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not help it I tried to savor it but I could not put it down. Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay was one of those books you simply must settle in and read cover to cover. I loved it. I don't know how Jenn did it but I quickly became agitated enough with the character that ends up murdered is found, I thought to myself finally and had a hard time finding sympathy for the victim. I really enjoyed the banter between Lindsay and Robbie and their amature sluething. I also loved how the progr ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This book was so hard to put down! There are appearances by characters from her other series, which makes Death in the Stacks extra special. The mystery was crazy - in a good way - with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. This is a great series and I can't wait to read the next book!
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the idea of libraries and mysteries. My first in this series, but would love to read more.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is great, I've always wanted to work around books so this really scratches an itch. The mystery in this one is also especially good.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread 10/7/2019:
Death in the Stacks was just as wonderful the second time around and I think I enjoyed it more having now read the first seven books in this series. I highly recommend this series for those newer to the cozy mystery genre and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Hitting the Books, soon.

Original Review 11/13/2017:
Death in the Stacks was a fantastic cozy mystery that proves to be a good jumping off point for those new to the Library Lover's Mystery series li
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay
Berkley, 2017
Crime Fiction (Cozy); 304 pgs
Source: E-copy provided by publisher for an honest review.

I could not resist requesting Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay when I first saw it up for offer on Penguin's First to Read program. Lindsey Norris is the directory for Briar Creek Library, and she has her work cut out for h
Barbara Sousa
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death in the Stacks, the eighth book in Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lover’s Mystery Series, is an intricate and entertaining mystery complete with a much-hated victim, a trio of mean girls and a couple of very pleasant surprises thrown in. The audio version is an amusing and quick listen – I finished it in about a day!

Library director Lindsey Norris is hosting the annual Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser at Briar Creek Library when Olive Boyle, the Board’s president is found (literally) dead in the st
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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.

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Library Lover's Mystery (1 - 10 of 11 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)
  • Better Late Than Never (Library Lover's Mystery, #7)
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