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Books Can Be Deceiving

(Library Lover's Mystery #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  7,762 ratings  ·  1,084 reviews
Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey’s friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children’s book, but Beth’s boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he’s found murdered—and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast—be ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 282 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley Books
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Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars. This was a typical cozy, and it had a good first start; I'll give book 2 a chance. Characters are interesting. Location is cute. Curious about the town more. I love the drama at the library with the older staff and the newer staff. Plus the children's library desk games and scenes are hilarious. I wish I could do that all day. Might get a little too much, but kids would have fun with this crew. Not too scary. I like the town. Romance options are good. Worth a chance.

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Richard Derus
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
27. Pearl Ruled

Rating: 1.5* of five (p76)

The Publisher Says: Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

My Review: Writin
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I wanted to like this book – the main character is a librarian and the book is written by a librarian. The premise is good, the insider’s view of the library is good, and a few of the local characters are good – I’d personally love to meet Sully. Unfortunately, too many of the characters are caricatures – the bumbling police chief, the crazed ex, the petulant boyfriend. There’s a lot of irrelevant detail – what label of clothing/footwear someone’s wearing, where snacks for a roadtrip were purcha ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had been wanting to start reading this series for awhile so when another book club online chose it as their discussion for March, I was happy to start reading it. I like settings in libraries and bookstores anyway so I devoured this book (a little slower than usual since real life kept interrupting lol).

Lindsey Norris was happily working as the director of the Briar Creek Library in Briar Creek CT. Her best friend Beth worked with her as the children's librarian. Despite a grumpy employee name
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My book was from the MERIDIAN LIBRARY and my thanks to them. This is the first book in the Library Lover's series. Lindsey has just started as the Libray Director. Beth, her BFF breaks off from her boyfriend she is even more upset when she discovers the boyfriend, Rick has stolen Beth's work.
Lindsey and Beth hire Sully to take to the island and find him murdered. The sheriff feels Beth murdered Rick. Lindsey decides to clear Beth reputation by seeking answers.
I highly recommend this book and ser
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I originally gave this book 2 stars years ago. I do like it better now especially since I’m a fan of two other series by this author. It’s by far the weakest of the three series so far but I hear it gets better. I’ll read the few available free copies at the library.
What a wonderful first/opening book in a series. Enough twists and red-herrings to keep it interesting. And I found the characters absolutely delightful. I can't wait to read more.
Mark Baker
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Lindsey Norris is settling into her new life as the director of the public library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. One of her many joys is working alongside her best friend Beth Stanley, the children's librarian. Unfortunately, Lindsey has never warmed to Beth's boyfriend Rick Eckman, and spending more time with him doesn't change that at all. So, Lindsey isn't upset when the two break up. However, Beth gets some surprising news about Rick the next day just before she finds his body. It's obvious t ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story a lot after getting over the first chapter and despite a lot of awkward writing and a major dangling plot point that was never accounted for. Or else I would give it more stars. I do plan to read more of her books because the characters are great.

I almost stopped reading in the first chapter because of the awkward dialog. Characters said the most obvious, stilted things by way of exposition. Why not edit the dialog and put the exposition beside it? Here's an example--

Melissa (ladybug)
What am I going to do? Another book that I started and just could not put down. Until way past when I should have been asleep. LOL Seriously who wouldn't love reading about a Librarian, who loves to read, who is solving a mystery that may land her best friend and Children's librarian in jail for murder. (Don't answer that LOL). A good read that I wholeheartedly recommend.
I found this book while browsing at the library. The covers of Cozy Mysteries are what make me want to read them... Usually I end up being somewhat disappointed by the stereotypical characters and the mediocre writing, but this one was better than the average. There are still stereotypes: the "lemon," the old-school librarian who is not only resistant to change but to helping people in general; the fat, slovenly police officer who is a dumbass; the thin, well-dressed detective who is not; the si ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this first book to be added to my new shelf and reading project code name "Operation I Love Libraries" which will be its code name only for as long as it takes me to come with a better, cleverer title (please message me any suggestions). I thought it might be fun to start a list of books that either take place in libraries or feature librarians as the major character and what better place to start then with a mystery solving librarian!

Our heroine is the new director of t
Peggy R
This series has been on my TBR pile for longer than it should. I have read all the Hat Shop Mysteries and last month binge read my way through the Cupcake Bakery Series so I decided that in between my ARC reading obligations, I would start on this series. I really enjoyed this first book. Lindsey is smart and mature with a level head on her shoulders. Her friend Beth makes a great complement and they have a good friendship. The rest of the ladies in the crafting book club round out the cast nice ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(AUDIOBOOK) What more to love than a smart cozy mystery set in a library with a librarian MC? Ummmm, nothing at all. Also, the coastal setting is fabulous as well. Can't wait to continue reading and/or listening to this series! The narration was excellent.
Cheryl Landmark
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a fun, cozy mystery with mostly interesting characters and a fairly decent murder plot. But, alas, all was not rainbows and roses.

The setting of the small town and library was typical of these types of mysteries, as were a lot of the characters, some of whom were a little too stereotypical. Why, oh, why, I ask myself, does nearly every local police chief in these books have to be a bumbling, stupid, narrow-minded, incompetent bozo who immediately pegs one person as a suspect in the mur
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Jenn McKinlay is a very good writer!! I love her Cupcake Bakery series, and this new series is starting off just as good! Like the characters, the location and the story was great. I didn't figure out "whodunit" until very close to the end!
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
Great start to the series. We get to meet Lindsey, the new head librarian and her best friend Beth. I liked both of them and the rest of the supporting characters. There is such a fun small town vibe in this series. The mystery was good and I was solving at the same rate Lindsey was. Looking forward to the next book.
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
My alter ego, Lindsey Norris, is the newish director of the Briar Creek (Connecticut) Public Library. She loves her job - most of the time - and is breathing new life into the library. Ms. Cole, a long-time librarian, however, does not approve of Lindsey and her methods or Beth, the children's librarian, who brings fun and games to the library. Lindsey learns from a library board member that a New York children's book editor is coming to Briar Creek and Lindsey encourages Beth to the show the ed ...more
Dawn Michelle
I think that Jenn McKinlay is one of my most favorite cozy author out there. I quite often have no idea who the murderer is and I like her characters so very much.

THIS series is based around Lindsey and her move to Connecticut to take over as director of the library in the small town of Briar Creek, right on the Long Island Sound. Her college friend Beth is already ensconced there as the Children's Book Director and Lindsey is grateful to have a friend as she makes this move. There are a host o
BJ Rose
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my introduction to Jenn McKinlay, and I am already reading the 2nd book in this series. As a gal who grew up in a small town and has read tons of library books, I really fell for the small-town librarian theme.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a series that I have wanted to read for awhile. After all the comments about how good this series is, and having read and enjoyed many other books by Jenn McKinlay, I decided I needed to give it a try. I did enjoy this story, but not as much as I had anticipated.

Lindsey Norris has been hires as the director of the Briar Creek Library in Briar Creek CT. Her best friend Beth works with her as the children's librarian. There are several other employees, but I must mentions Ms. Cole, who is
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I discovered this series as a read-alike for the Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James, and it certainly. Both feature real-seeming librarians in almost-real libraries in small towns that are just perfect. Although I did miss Diesel, the librarian’s very large cat from the Cat in the Stacks series.

But where the Cat in the Stacks series is set in Athena Mississippi, the Library Lovers mysteries hail from Briar Creek Connecticut. Let’s just that the autum
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
[8/4/2020 - I just finished listening to the audiobook for the first time. I think I actually like this better in audio form - since my attention was divided between the book and doing work, it was easier to overlook some (although not all) of the book's issues. Also, Allyson Ryan's narration was good. None of her character voices particularly irked me, and her voice for Beth allowed me to better picture Beth as someone other than the children's librarian at my mom's library (who has a similar p ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Books Can Be Deceiving was a great start to the Library Lover's Mystery series with a wonderful set of characters and an enjoyable mystery.

Lindsey Norris is still trying to get a handle on being the new director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a NY children's book editor visits town. Beth, the children's librarian, wants to show the woman the book she's been working on and when she does, she gets devastating news about her book in connection with her boyfriend, a famous children'
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Great start to a new series for me. Characters developed nicely throughout the book, and the twists and turns in the story kept me guessing. Good read!
Caitlin Copp
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2019
I really enjoy Jenn McKinlay's other series, but for some reason I hadn't picked up this series. I am so glad I finally did! I love it!
Lindsey has been working as the head librarian in Briar Creek, CT. She works with her best friend, Beth who is the best children librarian in the state. Beth has been working on a children's novel for years, so when a well known editor comes to town, her friends jump on the opportunity to get Beth a meeting. Sydney, the editor happens to be Beth's boyfriend (Ric
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey Norris is the new director of the Briar Creek Library. She has some fresh new ideas like a crafternoon, which combines a book club with a craft and some yummy food. The previous director Mr. Tupper, would have "never allowed such goings-on" as she was told by Ms. Cole, a long time employee of the library. Any time Lindsay tries anything new Ms. Cole takes the opportunity to throw Mr. Tupper's view into the conversation.

Lindsey does have a wonderful staff including her best friend Beth wh
Talia Colley
I have been wanting to try out this series for years because I love the cover art! That's so cool how the picture is actually on a book on the cover. And it's a pretty picture of a library since this is a Library Lover's Mystery. The story follows Lindsey who is the new director of the library in a small town, and she and a friend find the friend's ex-boyfriend stabbed in his home with the word LIAR written across his forehead. Since her friend is the main suspect, Lindsey does her own investiga ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Despite having the first 6 or 7 books in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's Mystery series in my ever expanding TBR pile(s), I have only just gotten around to reading this first book in the series.

This is kind of shame for me because when it comes to cozy mystery series, I seem to be a little partial to the ones set around the love of books.

In Books Can Be Deceiving, Lindsey Norris is the director of the Briar Creek Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. She's been on the job for about 6 months aft
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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)
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  • 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)
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“You know, I found a gray hair the other day. I almost broke the sound barrier rushing to the pharmacy to get some dye. Beth snorted. Oh please! You're a blonde-no one can see gray hair up there. Now, you get one down under, and then you can panic.” 11 likes
“It was funny how none of her classes in library science has prepared her for this sort of thing, dead bodies, staff under suspicion, crazed reporters. Really, they needed to consider expanding the curriculum.” 7 likes
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