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    Jenn McKinlay’s Hitting the Books

    Lindsey Norris is the Briar Creek head librarian. During the library’s crafternoon group hour, Lindsey noticed a car speeding through town hitting one of the residents, Theresa Houston. Theresa is lucky as she only suffers from a broken leg. But then Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is trying to kill Theresa. When the Sheriff finds the hit and run car, the driver is dead. Shot to death. There are CD’s in the car from the library. Lindsey immediately begins to investigate along with the Sheriff. Lindsey and her dog, Heathcliff are adjusting to her move in with her boyfriend Captain Scully who is a retired naval captain. He runs boat tours. A fast paced, thought provoking and uniquely plotted mystery. A cast of cleverly crafted, well defined and interesting characters. Murder, hit and runs, missing person, CDs, insurance policies, danger and intrigue, all mix together for a well written suspenseful read. While this is book # 9 in the Library Lover’s Mysteries series, it can be read as a stand alone. A real page turner providing a surprise ending!! I volunteered to read Hitting the Books. Thanks to First-to-Read for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. The end of the book gives the reader, craft and recipes. For book clubs, the end has a Reader’s Guide.
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    Light and fun!

    Although I have read several of the author's Contemporary Romances, this is the first Cozy Mystery I have read by her. I do wish I had started with #1 in the series so that I had more background on the characters, but enough history was given that I at least knew some. I really enjoyed the characters. As in most cozy mysteries, they tend to be a little quirky. The plot was fast moving, keeping me flipping pages and so entertaining that I was quite eager to see what happened next. There were twists that weren't always shocking, but kept the plot moving along and the humor kept me chuckling. I enjoyed this enough that I believe I will go back and start at the beginning of the series! Light and fun!
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    A Library Lover's Mystery

    Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay is the ninth book A Library Lover’s Mystery series. Lindsey Norris is the library director for Briar Creek Public Library in Briar Creek, Connecticut. Linsey is tired from a late night of reading so during crafternoon she finds herself staring out the window (and avoiding holding a baby). She sees Theresa Huston, a local tennis coach, get hit by a car that then speeds away. The same car almost hits Charlie Peyton outside the Blue Anchor. Theresa ends up with a broken leg three weeks before her wedding to Larry Milstein. The car belonged to Kayla Manning who had reported it stolen. The pilfered car is later found with borrowed library materials inside. Before Lindsey can discover who checked out the items, Theresa is attacked in her home. Someone is determined to do away with the bride-to-be. Lindsey delves into the library records in hopes of discovering the identity of the guilty party. The killer makes another attempt which sends Lindsey into overdrive to unravel the clues and expose the predator. Will Theresa make it to her wedding? Jenn McKinlay never fails to deliver an entertaining cozy mystery. I have read every book in this series and look forward to the latest release each year. It is like visiting old friends when I pick up A Library Lover’s Mystery. Hitting the Books could be read as a standalone, but I believe it would be beneficial to read Books Can Be Deceiving first. It is the first novel in A Library Lover’s Mystery series and it will give you the background on the characters. I thought Hitting the Books was well-written with a nice, steady pace. Briar Creek is a welcoming small town with pleasant townspeople. Lindsey Norris is a smart, friendly and caring woman who is the head librarian for Briar Creek. Her best friend and children’s librarian, Beth is a woman who really loves her job. I like the various costumes she wears to entertain the children’s during story time (she is clever). Lindsey and Captain Mike Sullivan are now living together, and it is an adjustment. I can understand Lindsey not enjoying Mike’s cheery whistling so early in the morning (that would be annoying). I felt there was too much time devoted to the romance, but I like seeing this pair together. Lindsey is worried about the future (marriage, kids) and needs to work through a few concerns. The mystery was intriguing. There are good clues that will aid readers in solving the crime before the solution is revealed. My rating for Hitting the Books is 4 out of 5 stars. The ending will have fans of the series smiling. Hitting the Books has friendly characters, a charming town, a cozy library, a perplexing mystery, a sweet romance and a cute dog.
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