Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay is the first book in the new “Library Lover’s” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), July 2011

What is the only word in the English language that ends in -mt?
Answering trick reference questions like this one is more than enough excitement for recently single librarian Lindsey Norris. That is, until someone in her cozy new hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, commits murder, and the most pressing question is whodunit.

Lindsey is just getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a vacationing New York editor brings a little buzz to the small town. It’s the perfect chance for her friend Beth to sell the children’s books she’s written. Unfortunately, Beth’s boyfriend, Rick, a famous author and local celebrity, tries to stop her. When Lindsey and Beth meet the editor, they uncover the real reason for Rick’s bad attitude.

They go to confront Rick at his house on the storied and mysterious Thumb Islands, only to find him murdered. The local chief of police likes Beth for the murderer and isn’t interested in looking elsewhere. Now Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

Welcome to Briar Creek, Connecticut where we meet Lindsey and her best friend Beth, both librarians. When Beth learns what her boyfriend has done, she goes to confront him only to find his murdered body. When it looks like the local cops are zeroing in on her as the prime suspect, Lindsey steps up and begins to investigate Rick only to discover that his life is not what he has presented to the people of Briar Creek, thus begins Lindsey status as an amateur sleuth. What a great debut series! This evenly-paced and well-crafted mystery had me quickly turning the pages as I could not put this book down. I thought I knew who the killer was until the author’s clever ploy tripped me up. The calming tone, the local setting, which when described made me want to visit this town, was a perfect backdrop to the wonderful characters that are introduced. This is a great beginning to a fantastic series that I hope to see continue for years on end.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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