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Murder by the Book

(Kennedy Killingsworth #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,431 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Small-town librarian Kennedy Killingsworth thought that Midway, Georgia, was the dullest place on earth until a fateful day that begins with a speeding ticket and ends with a suicide. The ticket comes from Kennedy's ex-husband, Deputy Cade Burrell, who seems desperate to find any reason to talk to Kennedy ever since his scandalous affair. And the suicide victim is Foster S ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Covenant Communications (first published October 1st 2009)
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Aug 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was a disappointment. And even though I persevered through to the end, I almost wish I hadn't wasted the time.

It's hard to be positive about this book. I know the author must have good intentions, and she has written lots of books, so she must have a following. (The only tick in the "positive" column is the fact that the book is squeaky clean. Squeaky clean, though, doesn't have to mean trite.)

However.....Kennedy - the main character - was just so impossible to like. She was immature,
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up for cleanness. I know I read this before but couldn't remember details. This is a pretty good mystery with some "which guy will she choose" scenarios. Sometimes the "real" law enforcement/FBI people get advice from the heroine that seems like obvious police procedure and the whole premise that they would ask her to do their sleuthing seems a little off but it was a pretty good story. ...more
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed many of the characters in this book and I really liked that I got a feel for southern living. They have such a different culture in the south. I did however have some issues with this book and although I enjoyed it, there were many things that frustrated me. It is a murder mystery and anytime they would learn new facts for the case they would repeat them to all the characters involved. I was ready to scream, "We just read that two pages ago!!" Too much repetition that I felt the author ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on CD. I think HEARING something makes my reaction a little different than when I READ something. I found I was rolling my eyes periodically about things that people would do or say. At times I was also incredulous. I really had trouble believing any legit law enforcement angency would allow a "civilian" to actively investigate anything. I could kind of accept that a podunk agency might try to get Kennedy and her ex-husband together by making up an assignment but the FBI going ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-novels
This was a cute mystery with a surprise ending, but I got bored with the heroine being infatuated by every man who looked her way.
Kristen Landon
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Nice little mystery. Kept me guessing.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this book was just silly. I will not be intentionally reading more. First of all maybe she's desperate and lonely but yeesh she falls in love with every guy in the book except her ex...can't blame her there. Kennedy is a small town librarian with a super medling mother with nothing but dreams that seem to go nowhere. Everyone expects her to forgive that her ex husband was a cheat and wants her to get back with him. Then one day a man comes into the library with his niece and after they ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kennedy a recently divorced self made librarian questions the suicide of a lower class resident. This leads to a wonder of greed and intrigue in a town that seriously needs a pick me up. I liked the twists and turns and love interests. One of my favorite books. And then there is a bonus at the end with recipes of southern comfort food.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute enough I might look for the second one in the series. Not gonna win any Pulitzers, but fun for escapist reading.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Fluffy little murder mystery. Great to listen to while completing a project.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like murder mysteries and this one was pretty good. It kept me guessing until the end and I had still not figured it out, so that makes it good in my eyes.
Susan Forsgren
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
If you enjoy southern charm, conflict, quirky characters that are not always what they seem.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She is an amazing writer. Read this in a day.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. Author was recommended, but she wasn't my favorite. Heroine was annoying... ...more
Jessica Salisbury
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this easy light-hearted read with a little mystery twist. I'm now reading the next one! ...more
Reviews by Keane
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of creative ideas on how things could change.
A. Teague
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
The characters are nothing less that wondrous.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
A light mystery where the main character is over conscious of every eligible single man being interested in her. Oh, wait, that IS the way the book is written. Nevertheless, it is a clean and enjoyable read from that viewpoint. I am tempted to give it a 2.5, but since that would mean a 3 here, I stay unbudged at 2.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Kennedy Killingsworth is a twenty-four year-old, newly divorced librarian in small-town Georgia, getting ready to close up the library trailers for the evening when Foster Scoggins and his niece, Heaven, come in seeking help on a report to help Heaven so she won't have to repeat first grade yet again. A couple of hours later, Foster turns up dead, apparently a suicide, and Killingsworth just knows that he wasn't planning to off himself a few hours earlier, so she decides to figure out who killed ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
This frothy murder mystery tickled my fancy, mostly because of the humorous characters and the rural Georgia setting. In the story, Kennedy Killngsworth runs a small library out of two trailers, and the books mostly belong to her--sort of like me loaning out books to all of you! When crusty old Foster Scoggins applies for a library card and checks out a library book on gophers just hours before his apparent suicide, it doesn't take much for Kennedy to be persuaded to push the sheriff's departmen ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kennedy Killingsworth, the librarian in a middle-of-nowhere Georgia town, is one of the last people to see Foster Scoggins before his alleged suicide. She can't help but wonder why he would apply for a library card only hours before killing himself, and she soon finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and being romanced by several of the suspects. Drake Langston seems nice enough; after all, he wants to build a new library in town. But he needed Foster to sell his land in order for ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
(Genre:LDS fiction/suspense) I have to say, that I always enjoy Green's stories. This one was no exception. I did not figure out who the murderer was until almost the end (before the main character figured it out, thank you very much). But even when I did know who did it, I still had the wrong spin on it. I love it when I can't figure it all out! The main character, Kennedy, was a little different from Green's other heroines, but she was enjoyable in her quirkiness. The atmosphere that the locat ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I need to qualify this right at the start. I read this while ill, taking medicine, being distracted by the TV and family, and so obviously not quite in my right mind.
I was a little disappointed in this. I felt her heroine was a bit weak - she can't deal with her mother but can solve a mystery that defeats others? Of course, no one else seems to be working on it very hard because they think at first it is a suicide, but even when she shows that there is a possibility of murder, no one works at it
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I read this series out of order. Covenant sent me a copy of Murder by the Way for review. I really enjoyed it but when I started it I didn't realize it was book 3 in a series. Once done I went back and started over with the first book to catch up on what I missed.

I enjoyed not knowing who was the good guy and who was the bad guy throughout these books. There were enough twist and turns to keep me guessing even having read the third book first. I was still interested in the story line from the f
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, those who like BBG
Recommended to Angie by: Book club march-Jenn S.
Shelves: book-club
This is a good 4.5, but I can't put that so i went with 4.

Definitely one of my favorite books by her. I have read and own all of her books, so I am already a fan. But, some are better than others and this one ranks with my top 3.

Initially I didn't connect so well with the main character, but the more I read, the more I liked her. I actually did not figure it out until the end, and that is somewhat unusual for me. I gave it a mere passing thought,but didn't really consider it. I liked how she ga
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, my rating should really be 3.5 stars. This book is told in first person by the main character and small town librarian, Kennedy Killingsworth. Right off the bat I really liked Kennedy as a character and as the narrator of the story. Any one who lives off of moon pies and Pepsi is all right in my book. The mystery was great and kept me guessing up until the the very end, add to that a touch of romance, and I really enjoyed it. Kennedy is suspicious when a ...more
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book that I've read by Betsy Brannon Green. It was okay. I'm giving it 3 stars because the ending had somewhat of a twist. My problem with this is that I really had to suspend reality in this series. The main character Kennedy is an immature 20 something who is somehow allowed to participate in a murder investigation. I just couldn't believe this. Maybe in a small town in the South does this work, but I'd like to think they are a little more savvy than that. Not only that, but ...more
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
This was such a different book by Green. I loved the writing style of first person. (I felt like I was reading an episode of Dragnet!) The plot was great and I loved the town of Midway! It was awesome having Haggerty characters in the story (especially the Iversons) and I thought Kennedy was a funny and quirky girl. The romance part (which is usually Green's strong suit) confused and left me hanging. I wasn't sure who I was supposed to cheer for Kennedy ending up with. Each of her suitors were s ...more
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If you're not familiar with my books, I write mystery-suspense novels. I am LDS (Mormon) and so are some of my characters, but I have loyal readers from many different faiths. My goal is to engage the reader in my books. I want to make them laugh and cry and worry and dread the end.

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