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Word to the Wise

(Library Lover's Mystery #10)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 ratings  ·  335 reviews
It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books.

Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams--but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term "book lover" a whole new me
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Berkley
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Word to the Wise is the 10th book in the 'Library Lover's Mystery' series by Jenn McKinlay and published in 2019. I've read all the previous books and one of the author's other series. She's in my top ten of faves for this sub-genre. In this series, Lindsey, a Connecticut librarian, solves crimes on the side and will soon marry her former navy-man, Sully.

In this caper, a strange guy has begun stalking Lindsey. He seems normal at first, chatting her up at the library. Then he follows her home wit
Word to the Wise is the tenth entertaining installment in A Library Lover’s Mystery series. If you have not read any of the previous books in the series, I do not recommend starting with Word to the Wise. You would be a little lost regarding the characters and their relationships. Jenn McKinlay skillfully tackles the serious topic of stalkers as well as online predators in Word to the Wise. We see how easily a stalker can fool people with their friendliness and lack of threatening demeanor. They ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

WORD TO THE WISE is the tenth book of the Library Lover’s Mystery series. Compared to Jenn Mckinlay’s other books, I do find that this one has a more serious feel to it. While it does have it’s charming moments, it’s not nearly as playful as some of her other books have been. I find that this is due to Lindsey’s personality.

This is totally fine. I like having different characters in different series because otherwise all the books would feel too similar. However, I do tend to prefer McKinla
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, firsttoread
I read this for free through the publisher's First to Read program. I was highly amused to see McKinlay reference herself in the book (the unnamed author who posts her bad breakfast choices online). The mystery was creepier than normal. I hated it when Lindsey's fears about her stalker were brushed off by the mayor, but I was so very glad that she had an excellent support system who stood up for her. This was one book where the police chief being female definitely makes a positive difference in ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lindsey is finally planning her wedding and working at the library. A man asks her help finding a book and over thanks her. He start showing up every where she is and starring at her. The police take it seriously but the mayor and others don’t. The man has a wife who accuses Lindsey of causing the trouble, when he is found dead at the library, Lindsey’s fiancée is blamed. Lindsey uses all her library research skills to figure out who did it. The author made you feel the fear and helplessness tha ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The tenth book of the Library Lovers book finds Linsday North preparing to wed Sully. She helps Aaron Grady one time at the library and Lindsay is receiving big bouquets of roses from him. Aaron comes into the library and just stares at her. He also comes to her home at odd times and Sully is not there. He is following her and taken pictures arriving at the library one morning Lindsay finds Aaron dead lay out in front the building. Sully had fought with him the that night. Other clues point to S ...more
K.A. Davis
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WORD TO THE WISE, the tenth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay, weaves in the creepy issue of stalking into a well-plotted mystery. It’s always a pleasure sitting down and catching up with the characters in this long-enduring series and this new release didn’t disappoint. Protagonist Lindsey Norris is the library director at the Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. I so enjoy the interaction she has with her staff, all well-developed characters on their own. Sweet ...more
Micky Cox
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There isn't a woman alive who hasn't had the creep experience, but Lindsay's goes a step beyond just the creepy to the extreme stalker. Add in the stress of planning a wedding while being stalked and told to "enjoy" the attention from the men in power about town and you have an intriguing story enhanced with excellent characters. The story definitely has some interesting twists and turns to keep you intrigued as well. I absolutely can't wait for the next book to see what happens in the lives of ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this lovely little ARC.

I love this series, as both a reader and librarian. Sadly, I did not realize I missed book 9 so there was a BIG item that took place in this book that I was unaware of, but a happy surprise, so yay.

In Word to the Wise, Lindsey is plagued by an overly affectionate patron who doesn't understand her disinterest. Unfortunately, he also ends up dead outside the library and Sully is the prime suspect. Thus begins the sluethy librarian'
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers Mysteries are always an entertaining read. Word to the Wise tackles a little more serious subject matter than usual but Ms. McKinlay handles it easily with her skillful writing. Lindsey attracts a very clever stalker who manages to cover his intentions so that some believe Lindsey is overreacting. Ms. McKinlay creates a fascinating story, slipping the stalker’s manipulations into the fabric of the Briar Creek Community, involving a wide range of characters.

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Aaron Grady appeared to be an ordinary patron, asking library director Lindsay Norris about saving his beloved roses from the summer drought. If he seemed more grateful for her help than the usual patron, perhaps he was socially inept, or a natural introvert. Lindsay gave him the benefit of the doubt - until he showed up at the library with an enormous bouquet of roses, until her staff informed her that he'd been hanging around and asking many personal questions about her, and until he showed up ...more
Peggy R
I binged this series earlier this year to catch up so I would be ready when this book came out. I was fortunate enough to be approved for an ARC through Edelweiss. I think this book has to be one of my favorites in the series. It is fast-paced and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. In this 10th book, the reader finds Lindsey and Sully preparing for their winter wedding. However, as usually happens in this series, a wrench is thrown into their plans by a new resident who becomes a ...more
Jeanne Kennedy
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed reading Words to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay. It’s a cozy mystery with a little romance, a librarian and an adorable dog, so for me, it was a perfect read. Lindsey is a Library Director in a small town called Briar Creek. Out of the blue, Lindsey starts being stalked by a mysterious, creepy man named Aaron Grady. When Aaron turns up dead outside the library, Lindsey’s fiancé Sully becomes the main suspect. Lindsey is determined to find the real killer and clear Sully. You will be k ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though I did enjoy this one I guess there comes a time in about ever series that there is bound to be one you just didn't think was as great as the others and this one would be it. I will say though that it has probably one of the creepiest villain yet to date in this series or in any cozies I read so far! 

Lindsay is on cloud nine as she should be as she is getting married to my favorite man! I thought they might not ever make it to through as they did have some rough patches. Instead of being e
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a particularly gripping mystery. Stalkers and crazed psychos without remorse will do that.
Kathy Kennerley
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! This book was more thriller than cozy mystery like the others in the series. I've grown so attached to the characters that I was truly upset that Lindsey had a stalker and that certain people shrugged it off like it was no big deal. It was immensely reassuring that her friends stood by her and helped. As usual I had quite a few laughs while reading and I cheered when I spotted the "bad breakfast choices" easter egg. This is such a wonderful author. ARC edelweissplus ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Word to the Wise" Book #10 of the Library Lover's Mystery Series by Jenn McKinlay is a cozy mystery with an edge! I absolutely LOVED this and highly recommend this book.

The setting is Briar Creek, where Lindsey is the Library Director, and who is also in the midst of planning and getting ready to marry Fiancée Captain Mike Sullivan "Sully". Enter Aaron Grady, a new comer in town, who is a gardening enthusiast, and who is also smitten with Lindsey. Grady's stalker behavior escalates, and later
For a cozy mystery, Word to the Wise was pretty creepy. With Lindsey’s life being so right, she was feeling on top of the world until Grady entered her life. His obvious interest in her was very apparent from the start but he was also very obvious about it, which didn’t take this story out of the cozy realm.

I think Lindsey, although reluctant at first, handled the situation very well. It was interesting to see how the stalking situation affected all those around her. When Grady’s body was found
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I told myself I was going to read one chapter before bed and next thing I knew I had finished the book.

One might worry that you'd tire of the series by book 10 but there's just something about this series that keeps me wanting more. Perhaps it's because I can relate to the library world (not the ability to repeatedly find dead bodies...can't say I've ever found a dead body). I love the setting and the characters too.
I have the feeling that Word to the Wise is personal for author Jenn McKinlay. I haven't asked her, but I read the acknowledgements. If you read the mystery, which is more disturbing than some of McKinlay's books, read the acknowledgements, and let me know what you think. And, the next time I see Jenn, I have a question for her.

Lindsey Norris, Director of the Briar Creek Public Library, was just doing her job when she helped a new patron, Aaron Grady, find information about roses. But Grady does
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Most of you are aware that I love this series as well as this author. It's one of the few series I'm actually current on so that tells you something. The mysteries are always fun, the small town atmosphere is so quaint that I can see myself living there (even though I vowed to live in a small town after growing up in one) and the characters are awesome. "Word to the Wise" is a strong addition to the series but I can't say that it was my favorite.

Lindsey and Sully are finally getting married and
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsey has a newcomer ask for help at the library, and then he proceeds to stalk her. Lindsey takes on way too many idiotic risks, and the chief of police needs to hire more staff.
Notes to author-
Saying chicana is like saying pocha.
Don't. Do. It.
Gotta love how McKinlay always has her characters resort to physical violence. It's creepy..
FYI: A woman can say no without having to 'belong' to someone else.
I did like the "wife, husband, and dog" bit. Mckinlay tries to be a modern woman, but forgets
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I swear, reading this series is like coming home. I love all the characters in these books, and all is right in the world when I get to spend some time in Briar Creek. There was a lot at stake in this one. and I enjoyed seeing how it all played out. As someone who had a stalker, Lindsey's experiences felt very real. And it's true, you never really feel safe as long as you know they are still out there. Because they do pop up again after years of silence and call your work just to make sure you n ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review!

Sometimes the situations in cozy mysteries test credulity. Sometimes, they are completely plausible situations, and frankly, as a librarian, the set up of library director Lindsey dealing with a stalker after a simple reference interaction was scarily believable. I continue to love this series both for its great characters and plots, but also for the fact that Jenn McKinlay writes a fictional library and librarian
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of the best books in this series. Which is pretty great when the 1oth book in a series is better then the other, usually it goes in just the opposite direction, with the author losing interest in a series and the writing suffers.
Melissa Cochrill
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this down! I really enjoyed the stalker aspect. It was something different. I did think the murderer was easy to guess, but still a fun book!
Jenny K
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a librarian, it is difficult for me to give a non-biased review of a book that provides such an authentic portrayal of library life, but I’ll try! Word to the Wise is the tenth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. This time, Library Director Lindsay Norris has to deal with an overzealous library patron while planning her wedding.

Being a librarian helps you relate to the story, but anyone who works with the public can tell you a tale like this. Patrons and customers can become attached t
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"Word to the Wise" is a cozy mystery. It's the tenth 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 was easily guessable. I liked that the author chose a topic like stalking – a real concern – as the lead up to the murder. The man started stalking Lindsey even though she never encouraged him, so her fiancé and friends had to protect her until he ended up murdered.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guessed the killer right off but I do think it was a great book and nothing annoyed me , that’s all I can ask for ;)
Word to the Wise was another wonderful installment in the Library Lover’s Mystery series with a fast-paced and intriguing plot.

Briar Creek Library director Lindsey Norris’s life is finally back on track and she’s marrying the man of her dreams. But when a newcomer to town, gardening enthusiast Andrew Grady, makes his interest in Lindsey apparent, it sets everyone on edge, particularly Lindsey’s fiancé Sully. And when Grady’s body is found outside of the library, all evidence points to Sully as t
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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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