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Hitting the Books

(Library Lover's Mystery #9)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,341 ratings  ·  317 reviews
It's murder by the book in the latest hit Library Lover's mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Stacks.

When a stack of library materials is found at the scene of a hit and run, library director Lindsey Norris finds herself dragged into the investigation as the police try to link the driver of the stolen car to the person who borrowed the books.
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Berkley Books
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The 'Library Lover's Mystery' series by Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. By reading the 9th book, Hitting the Books, I'm now current and eagerly awaiting the 10th one due to be released later this year. Although I thought this one was too simple from a mystery plot perspective, I enjoyed all the normal library shenanigans and small town community relationships.

When Lindsey notices a friendly library patron--famed tennis player, Theresa Huston--run down by a car, she tries
Cathy Cole
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you want and need to read something light and fun, you can't go wrong with anything Jenn McKinlay has written, but I say she has a little thriller writer buried deep down inside who's begging to be turned loose. Hitting the Books opens with that hit and run scene, and it made my heart jump into my throat. (And that's not the only scene which had that effect on me.)

In this latest Library Lovers mystery, McKinlay has upped her game to a whole new level. From the pedal-to-the-metal pacing to a
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I really enjoyed this cozy! It’s a pageturner that I didn’t want to put down, and finished it it two days! This is the first time I’ve read a Library Lover’s Mystery, and I enjoyed the characters. This story can definitely stand alone without reading previous books, however, now I want to read all the previous stories beginning with book one! Excellent!
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Library Director Lindsey Norris finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation. While looking out a library window she witnesses a hit and run. The victim survives and there is a second attempt on her life. The car used is found and appears to be stolen. A clue found tells police that a library patron may be connected to the crime. Before Lindsey has time to “check out” the clue the driver who committed the hit and run is killed. Lindsey knows her research is now
Hitting the Books was a filled with quirky hometown characters with a fun and easy entertainment vibe that included a good mystery. I enjoyed the hometown, where everyone knows everyone, feel.

I'm going to be vague but I did have an issue with specific character's immaturity and naivete, I can't see anyone being a young adult and that clueless and controllable.

In the end, I really enjoyed getting to know the Library Lover's clan. The characters are written to be familiar, your neighbor next doo
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Every time I see a new book releasing in McKinlay's Library Lovers series, I do a little happy dance inside. And then I try my hardest to get an advance copy somehow because I've already waiting a year or so and simply can't wait any longer. Such was the case with "Hitting the Books." In this installment, someone is trying to kill the town tennis coach before she can marry the man of her dreams and once again, Lindsey ends up in the thick of things.

I don't want to give a lot away since this is
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I missed a couple in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's mystery series, it's always satisfying
to return to Briar Creek, Connecticut. It's like meeting up with old friends, Library Director Lindsey Norris, her boyfriend, Sully, Captain Mike Sullivan, her children's librarian, Beth, and all the members of Lindsey's crafternoon group. With developments in Lindsey's personal life, Hitting the Books is even more satisfying for those of us who are rooting for her.

Lindsey's trying to avoid a baby
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jenn McKinley has been on my TBR list for a long time. This book appear on myshelf, I decided to requested even though it is the 9th book in the Library Lovers series. I will definitely read her again. I was able to follow it but reading the previous books would have help me understand the characters better.
Lindsey Norris, the head librarian and her dog, Heathcliff have been living with her boyfriend Scully, a retired naval captain for 6 months They are learning to live with each other. Lindsey
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up, hoping for it to be a light, quick, easy read. It was! Highly recommend this series.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this latest edition of the library lovers series Lindsey has just moved in with her boyfriend sully and is still adjusting . During her afternoon with the crafternoon group she witnesses a hit and run outside the library . It turns out that the car belongs to the ex girlfriend of the victims boyfriend. She denies that she had anything to do with the accident. But when the victims house is broken into and she is nearly smothered it is clear that someone wants her dead. Lindsay and sully work w ...more
Peggy R
I have really enjoyed this series and think it just get's better with each book. Who knew that being a librarian could be such a hazardous job. Our favorite buttinsky librarian Lindsay Norris is back and this time she is a witness to a hit and run of one of the local citizens. I love the relationship that has developed between her and Robbie. The two of them make a pretty good crime solving team and terrific friendship has formed. This series has a great cast of secondary characters that just co ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

As a fan of Jenn McKinlay’s other series, I was very much looking forward to try her most popular series yet! Since I haven’t read the other books in the series, I was a little worried that I would be lost, but I thought it would be okay since Mysteries tend to standalone really well anyway.

HITTING THE BOOKS is book nine in the Library Lover’s Mystery series and right off the bat, I could tell that this one has a much different tone than some of McKinley’s other books. The others tend to be
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking to fall in love with a mystery series and characters, I would say this is the series for you. I could see this story being a standalone or read out of order, but I have really enjoyed reading the series in order. It has all the charm and more for cozy mystery fans. Jenn McKinlay is talented and charming with Lindsey and crew.
Lindsey Norris is the Briar Creek head librarian.
During the library’s crafternoon group hour, Lindsey
noticed a car speeding through town hitting one of
the residents, Theresa Houston. Theresa is lucky as
she only suffers from a broken leg. But then Theresa
is attacked in her home. Someone is trying to kill
When the Sheriff finds the hit and run car, the driver
is dead. Shot to death. There are CD’s in the car from
the library. Lindsey immediately begins to investigate
along with the Sheriff.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
The ninth in the series, this mystery is a cozy with some bite to it. Librarian Lindsey Norris is smack in the middle of a crime scene when she witnesses a hit-and-run accident and rushes to help the victim. She becomes more deeply involved when she offers assistance to the victim, who was planning to be married soon. Trying to figure out who would want to kill the bride-to-be has her searching for clues and maybe even endangering her own life. This cozy has it all: well-developed characters, an ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the mystery was a bit convoluted, the library (view spoiler). I started reading this series because it was about a library and luckily 9 books into the series the library still stands as the most important setting in the book. Characters are great as always. ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Great story that includes a current mystery and a bonus, older mystery! I love this library-centered series and its characters. The reveals at the end had me surprised, and the journey I took to get there kept me captivated. Though Hitting the Books can easily be read as a stand-alone, you'll want to read the whole series after you've immersed yourself in librarian Lindsey's world. So why not just start at the beginning and follow the characters' live chronologically?
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one so much!
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best in what has already been one amazing series. Just love it!
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series continues to be wonderfully entertaining and I'm only sad that I've finished the newest entry in the Library Lover's Mystery saga. Lindsay, Sully, Chief Emma and her friends continue to be a lineup of some of my favorite cozy mystery characters. This newest storyline begins with an unexpected hit and run, witnessed by Lindsay while staring out the library window. Narrowly missed by the mystery car, Theresa is taken home to heal where she is again attacked in her weak state. Who could ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2018
I keep picking up these books because I want to like them, but then I read them. I know Ms. McKinlay tries to add some realistic library touches, and I appreciate that, but she mostly gets them wrong. In this one, she asks, correctly, for the police chief to get a subpoena or search warrant for library records, but forgets that library ethics also apply to her character -- she can't just read through the library records of a wide variety of people because she wants to solve a mystery, and then t ...more
Ruth Ellen
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. I always look forward to this series. Pick it up and read for yourself.
Lindsey has moved in with Sully. But certain traits are annoying her as she ponders some of them. She witnessed a friend being hit by a white car. As the police are looking for the driver ,someone breaks in the victim's house and tried to suffocate her. Read and see how they solve the case and whether Lindsey and Sully fix their relationship.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lindsey Norris is nursing a book hangover and staring out the window during Crafternoon Club when she witnesses a crazy driver hit local tennis coach Theresa Huston! Thanks to Lindsey's quick thinking, Chief Officer Emma Plewicki arrives on the scene and Theresa is carted off by ambulance to New Haven accompanied by her fiance's daughter Liza, a twenty-something college student. Liza is visibly upset. Who would do such a crazy thing? No one seems to have noticed anything about the car or the dri ...more
K.A. Davis
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HITTING THE BOOKS, by Jenn McKinlay, is the ninth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series and every bit as entertaining as the preceding books! You can always count on Ms. McKinlay to provide a story that’s filled with humor, romance, suspense, and puns to pull the reader in and keep them turning pages late into the night. Protagonist, Lindsey Norris, is the librarian director at Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. She has a knack for treating both employees and patrons as family, whic ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay is the ninth book A Library Lover’s Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is the library director for Briar Creek Public Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. Linsey is tired from a late night of reading so during crafternoon she finds herself staring out the window (and avoiding holding a baby). She sees Theresa Huston, a local tennis coach, get hit by a car that then speeds away. The same car almost hits Charlie Peyton outside the Blue Anchor. Theresa ends up with a ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This latest adventure in librarian Lindsey Norris’ life is the ninth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. Lindsey witnesses the hit and run of Theresa Huston and gets pulled into the quest to figure out who wants her dead.

Theresa is engaged to Larry Milstein, a wealthy businessman with a chain of furniture stores, with an interesting past. Seems his wife disappeared, leaving him with his infant daughter to raise, years ago. He was cleared of any involvement and has doted on his daughter Liz
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When head Librarian Lindsey witnesses a hit and run she immediately dives into action and runs to help the victim. Theresa ends up with a broken leg but otherwise seems to be okay and is thankful to be alive. When she suffers several more "accidents" Lindsey begins to worry that someone is trying to do the bride to be in. When a bag of library books are found in the vehicle that hit Theresa, Lindsey jumps at the chance to help the police figure out who the culprit is. With the driver of the car ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
There were some good twists and turns in this ninth Library Lovers mystery, and though some of them were a bit far-fetched, they worked in the context of this series. As always, I enjoyed the little details about public library work that made their way into the story, including Lindsay's insistence that she have a subpoena before turning over patron borrowing records to law enforcement. I also really enjoyed the interactions between Lindsay and Emma (the police chief) in general, because, unlike ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Hitting the Books" is a cozy mystery. It's the ninth in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous mysteries.

This was a clue-based mystery that can be guessed before the end. Someone's out to kill her friend, Theresa, so we get multiple near-death suspense scenes witnessed by Lindsey. When the man hired to kill Theresa is found murdered and some library materials in the car point to an unexpected person, t
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
One of the town's residents is almost killed from a hit and run. Later the car identified is found, driver shot dead. Lindsey decides to solve the case, and this time the short staffed and overworked chief, lets her. Lindsey also has to try to adjust to Sully's annoying whistling and the grabbing of her shoes.

It's 2018 (the year the book was written) and we still have to mention the color of Violet's skin, huh? Yet no mention if Paula's skin color, nor Mary's. Ironic.... Emma has a heart shaped
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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.

Other books in the series

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)
  • Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery, #8)
  • Word to the Wise (Library Lover's Mystery, #10)
  • One for the Books (Library Lover's Mystery, #11)

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