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Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay
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really liked it
bookshelves: amateur-detective, book-centric, cozy-mystery

#7 in the Library Lover's mystery series. This series by author McKinlay is taking its place among my other favorite, though much longer running, cozy series: Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series and M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. This series has more romance than I would deliberately seek but instead of being soppy and cringe inspiring, it develops the characters. The attachment between Ms. Cole and Milton Duffy, started in Read It and Weep (2013), has certainly helped humanize Ms. Cole and rescue her from being one-dimensional. Lindsay's romantic arc with Sully and Robbie showed danger of becoming obsessional, but thankfully has resolved to a conventional romance plus good natured verbal sparring. The literary references, library lore and punning humor all add to the attraction of this series.

When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day, the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. One tardy tome catches her attention, a copy of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she's shocked to discover it was a murdered schoolteacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found. Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 1, 2018 – Finished Reading
March 9, 2018 – Shelved
March 9, 2018 – Shelved as: amateur-detective
March 9, 2018 – Shelved as: book-centric
March 9, 2018 – Shelved as: cozy-mystery

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