Wednesday, September 2, 2020

One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay

One for the Books (A Library Lover's Mystery Book 11) by [Jenn McKinlay]
Book Summary

One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay has Lindsey Norris and Mike “Sully” Sullivan making the final preparations for the wedding that will be in one week.  While visiting the bakery, Brendan mentions that the cake they ordered will not accommodate the number of people attending.  Lindsey and Sully are confused because their wedding is going to be intimate.  They soon discover that their nuptials will be attended by three times as many people as they expected.  Sully, Lindsey, Nancy, and Violet head to Bell Island to see if they can accommodate their increased guest list.  While admiring the view, Lindsey notices a body on the beach.  It turns out to be Sully’s friend and their officiant.  Lindsey wants the case resolved before she says I do.  In between working at the library, finalizing wedding plans, and looking for a new officiant, Lindsey does a little subtle sleuthing.  Lindsey needs to hope the killer does not catch on or the wedding will be missing more than an officiant.  
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My Thoughts

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 help with her campaign, and I was amazed at the change.  She has certainly come a long way since Books Can Be Deceiving as have all the characters. Lindsey and Sully are having a winter wedding on Bell Island where Sully’s parents reside.  They have planned a gathering of family and close friends.  It appears, though, that many others are planning to attend.  This sends Lindsey into panic mode.  Then their officiant is murdered.  I enjoyed reading One for the Books. I just love cozy mysteries set during the holiday season.  This one also has a special wedding.  The mystery was entertaining.   Secrets always come out during a murder investigation.  Chief Emma Plewicki has her hands full with this one.  Solving it is a cinch, but that did not hinder my reading pleasure.  The reveal scene is a doozy.  It was spectacular.  I appreciate that all the details were wrapped on the case.  One for the Books is an amusing tale.  There is humor from beginning to end that will have you laughing.  I especially enjoyed the literary references throughout the book along with unique details regarding Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I did not want One for the Books to end. Now we must wait a year for the next A Library’sLover Mystery.  I am curious to see how Ms. Cole will do in the mayoral election.  There is a reader’s guide for A Christmas Carol, a crafternoon craft, and recipes for two items from the book.  One for the Books is a diverting cozy mystery with a body on the beach, deficient an officiant, scavenger hunt chaos, wedding worries, theatrical histrionics, boat bedlam, and Christmas cheer.
One for the Books is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other ten books in A Library Lover's Mystery series here.  Jenn McKinlay also writes A Cupcake Bakery Mystery series and A Hat Shop Mystery series.  Both are wonderful cozy mystery series. Thank you for stopping by today. Tomorrow I am sharing The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby.  I hope you have a safe day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!

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