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One for the Books

(Library Lover's Mystery #11)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,611 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Wedding bells are ringing in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Word to the Wise.

Love is in the air in Briar Creek as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. The entire town is excited for the happy day, and Lindsey and Sully's plan for a small wedding evap
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Berkley
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Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
One for the Books is the 11th book in the Library Lover's cozy mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay. It was released in 2020, and I've read all the previous books as well as a few of the author's other series. I like her writing style, character development, settings, and plots. This book, while a little shorter than the others, was no exception.

After ten books, it's difficult to keep bringing surprises and fun to the same characters. In this latest edition, Lindsey and Sully are set to get m
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Fantastic story! Wonderful characters! Island setting! Darling schnauzer! It’s the week before Lindsay and Sully’s wedding and they’re attempting to solve the murder of one of Sully’s friends. Humor! I absolutely love this well-plotted story. The Library Lover’s Mystery is an excellent series to read.
Jennifer Brown
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book for this series! Of course Lindsey and Sully are going to have something going on during their wedding planning and the days right before it. I liked how they worked together with each other and their friends. There weren't any of those stupid-girl moments that make you roll your eyes. The whodunit was a little easy to guess, but there was a little added bit that I didn't guess. Good story! ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was another great book in this series. I got married 2 weeks before Christmas, people thought I was nuts, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 😀❤ ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet cozy perfection! If you've been following the series you will absolutely be over the moon with this edition! But, of course, Lindsey can't have a boring, predictable wedding. Nope, murder and mayhem abound to add untold tension to her bridal jitters during the week leading up to her big day. All my favourite secondary characters are back (including Heathcliffe -- the dog) which made it all the more fun!!!

I listened to the audible version narrated by Allyson Ry
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One for the Books was another wonderful addition to the Library Lover’s Mystery series that finally contained the long awaited wedding between two of the main characters.

Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike Sullivan are finally tying the knot. But their hopes for a small wedding quickly goes up in flames after an invitation mix-up leads to them inviting more than triple their planned number. When the couple heads to Bell Island to see if they can even accommodate a l
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Readers are thrown back into the world with Lindsey and Mike with ONE FOR THE BOOKS, the eleventh book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series. I feel like it’s been a while since the last book in the series, so it actually took me a bit to remember what happened. However, once I was all caught up again, I found that this book remained pretty light throughout the entire thing. Firstly, I will say that this book has more of a focus on the romance between Lindsey and Mike as their wedding approa
Micky Cox
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The library crew are in overdrive as a wedding is looming, a pregnancy is blooming and an elf is murdered!?! Wait, what??? Yep, you read that right, but the story is even better with fantastic characters that feel like old friends that are back in action with a wonderful plot to entertain and delight you. So grab a cuppa, the book and your favorite spot to settle in and start reading! While you could start with this book, I would highly recommend reading the entire series if you haven't already ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally, sully & lindsey are having a wedding. woo hoo!
I love how they wanted to keep it small yet the whole town expects to attend.
But of course, an event in Briar Creek wouldn't be complete if there wasn't a dead body & a mystery to solve.
Liked the epilogue ending which summed up things very well. Sweet ending.

I hate to say this, but these cozies featuring books & librarians make me want to go back & major in library science. I thought of it but those classes were soooo boring, i nixed the ide
Peggy R
One for the Books is the 11th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series and I am always amazed at how authors who write long-running series like this manage to keep it fresh with new ideas and surprise for readers. I have loved following Lindsey on her journey and think Ms. McKinlay has done an excellent job with her character development. The long-awaited wedding of Lindsey and Sully is about to take place, but with them nothing is easy. This time around, the person who was going to marry them ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In January 2020, I learned of a "Name a Character Raffle" that was sponsored by The Lee County Library System and Southwest Florida Reading Festival Committee as part of the festivities for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March 2020. During the raffle purchase process online I was asked, "What author are you purchasing tickets for?" I don’t remember the names and/or number of authors participating but I didn’t hesitate to reply my answer of Jenn McKinlay.

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I
One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay strikes all the right notes. It is the 11th A Library Lover’s Mystery which can be read as a standalone, but you will be missing out on a delightful literary cozy mystery series. Jenn McKinlay has created a wonderful cast of characters. Lindsey Norris is the head librarian at Briar Creek Public Library where she works with her best friend, Beth Barker. Ms. Cole still works there as well, and she has decided to run for mayor. Ms. Cole has been given some tips to ...more
K.A. Davis
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ONE FOR THE BOOKS, the eleventh book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay, strikes all the chords for a delightfully humorous cozy mystery set during the Christmas season! I can always count on being entertained with a lighthearted read when I pick up a McKinlay book, despite the theme of murder. In this newest release, the protagonist, Lindsey Norris, is looking forward to her impending nuptials to Sully Sullivan. When they find their officiant murdered several days before the ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: simply-fluff, fiction
My ratings for this series are nearly always based on my mood at the time or whether the book helped to pick it up (my mood that is). This gave me a nice distraction from my crazy job. Who doesn't love a book about a gal who loves books, her dog, and her dreamy curly-haired beau?!! ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"One for the Books" is a cozy mystery. It's the eleventh 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.

The main characters were likable and interesting. This was a clue-based mystery that can be guessed before the end. Lindsey picked up clues about what was going on as she and Sully searched for someone to marry them, so the mystery was mixed into the wedding preparation. There were only four or f
Lisa Morin
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! Couldn't put it down

I'm already a fan of this series, so I knew without a doubt that this book was going to be fantastic.
As Lindsay and Sully prepare for their wedding, things take a wrong turn when the guest list triples and a gruesome murder takes place. We all know that Lindsay can't stay out of the investigation, so buckle up as you read this, because its one heck of a bumpy ride.
Cathy Cole
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've loved this Library Lovers series from its inception, and it just keeps getting stronger, probably because the entire cast feels like family now. Not only does One for the Books comes with several excellent reading recommendations, but it also comes with an idea that I wish I'd thought of when I got married: instead of gifts, donate a book to the library. How great is that?

The mystery was a bit easy to solve, but that's because the short time span before Lindsey's wedding meant that there we
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
To say that I was disappointed in this book is an understatement.

As the build-up to Briar Creek’s wedding of the year, librarian Lindsey Norris and boat captain Sully Sullivan are in a mad dash to fix broken arrangements, resulting from a mix up with the guest list. All the while still working their day jobs and attending a holiday party. Good thing they have friends to step in to take over while Lindsey and Sully are trying to find a replacement officiant since Sully’s long-time friend, who wa
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this light and entertaining series over the years but am feeling this isn't one of the author's best efforts. Reading between the lines in the acknowledgements it sounds like she may have been dealing with some family health issues at the time so I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. I think this book might have been better done as a novella with the focus on the wedding and a simpler mystery, not a murder, that didn't take as many pages to solve.

But what really disappo
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I don’t know if these have been getting cheesier, or if I’ve just become less forgiving of that, but this and the most recent few in this series just haven’t done it for me like the first ones did. Too much cutesy perfectness in too many characters’ lives, and then also too many things about the resolution of the murder plot that didn’t make sense to me. Not sure I’ll continue with the series, though I’d miss Heathcliff ...
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and it didn't disappoint! Loved it!

One of my favorite cozy mystery couple is finally tying the knot and Briar Creek is abuzz with wedding plans. Things were going so well until Sully and Lindsay find the man who was going to marry them dead. To top it off he was one of Sully's good friends so it's a sad affair and Lindsay knows that Sully won't feel right about getting married until he knows what happened to his friend Steve. 

The only problem is it
May 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Just when I thought McKinlay had finally gotten past pointing out the color of a person's skin (white people don't count) I got to chapter 2. If you're going to point out skin color, it better be for every person in your book. This book was published in 2020. What century are you living in?
I did like the fact she said Mr. Lindsay Norris. So she's a feminist, but needs to work on her color skills. Also her stereotyping of who does what in society. 'It's weird someone being dressed in all black to
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done! In my opinion the best one in Mckinlay's Library series. The red herrings in the mystery really threw me off! I enjoyed all the wedding prep woven in with the mystery. Of note, Mckinlay knows how to write snow/winter themed books. She perfectly captures the beauty and feel of it. Definitely recommend! Looking forward to the next one. ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

One of the best library/book themed cozy series out right now! I loved that this one saw wedding bells for Lindsey and Sully (their steadfast relationship is so endearing in this series, and I love when a cozy series has a plot that consistently moves forward). A good mystery at the foreground of the story helped make this a great read. I still love that Jenn McKinlay makes Lindsey a truly realistic librarian.
Lindsey and Sully are finally getting married in just over a week! They can't wait to be wed in an intimate ceremony on Bell Island with their closest family and friends in attendance. Even the officiant, Steve Briggs, is a friend of Sully's. However, there seems to be one teeny, tiny problem- the whole town thinks they're invited! Lindsey realizes belatedly she gave the stationer the wrong guest list and without RSVP cards, Lindsey and Sully have no way of knowing just how many people plan on c ...more
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Sweet but the most obvious as to 'who dunnit' in the series ...more
Laura Salas
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, netgalley, 2020
I love librarian Lindsey Norris and her Briar Creek community. In this installment, which happens over the week or so before her marriage to Sully, we get many themes running through the book: promises, family, how well we can really know someone, and how true love really behaves. All of that, of course, is set against a charming background of Mrs. Cole's attempts to be more likeable as she prepares to run for mayor, Beth's pregnancy and outrageous storytimes, boat rides and chases among the isl ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was my least favorite of the series. On the plus side, the wedding didn't overwhelm the story line, but the mystery was low key and lack luster to me. For the first time in this series, I didn't care about the characters and didn't feel their usual chemistry. Nancy, Violet, Robbie and Emma just showed up in a couple brief scenes.

If I hadn't read the 10 previous books, I could have put this one down unfinished.

Thanks to my public library for providing it.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, netgalley, mystery
Another winner in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. This time Lindsay and Sully are finally tying the knot...if the murder of their officiant doesn't stop them. The stakes are high but of course we know our heroine will prevail.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele

One for the Books
Library Lover’s Mystery #11
By Jenn McKinlay
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Wedding bells are ringing in the latest page-turning Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Word to the Wise.

Love is in the air in Briar Creek as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. The entire town is excited for
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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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