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One for the Books

One for the Books, September 2020
Library Lover's #11
by Jenn McKinlay

Berkley
320 pages
ISBN: 059310174X
EAN: 9780593101742
Kindle: B082H2D2LP
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Murder complicates wedding plans for Lindsey and Sully..."

Fresh Fiction Review

One for the Books
Jenn McKinlay

Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry
Posted August 27, 2020

Mystery Cozy | Mystery Book Lover

ONE FOR THE BOOKS finds Lindsey and Sully a week away from their wedding when they discover the friend who is to perform the ceremony dead on the beach at Bell Island.

Unfortunately, that is not the only challenge to the upcoming nuptials. A mix-up with the guest list invites over 100 folks to the “tiny wedding” on Bell Island. Lindsey quickly confirms the mistake and enlists help to prepare for the increased number - a bigger cake, lots more food, and wedding favors. Lindsey’s friends, Nancy and Violet, offer to assist, and they, along with Sully, visit Bell Island to start getting organized. In a shocking development, Lindsey and Sully find Steve Briggs’ body on the beach, and the police chief, Emma, declares that it is murder.

With their officiant dead just days before the wedding, Lindsey and Sully begin their search for a replacement. The wedding venue is now a crime scene, and Lindsey and Sully want to find Steve’s killer before the event. The list of suspects includes Steve’s wife Jamie, his brother Nate, and his former law partner, Tony Mancusi. Steve and Jamie disagree on having children. No one knows the subject of Nate and Steve’s most recent argument. Tony threatens Steve when Steve kicks Tony out of their law partnership. While Tony is the prime suspect but turns up missing.

With only a few days before their marriage is to occur, Lindsey and Sully are interviewing possible officiants, investigating suspects’ alibis, motives, and opportunities, and keeping the wedding on track. Robbie Vine, an English actor, and Emma’s boyfriend offers to help Lindsey with sleuthing duties as he has done in past novels.

A gifted storyteller, Jenn McKinlay, writes a mystery that combines the challenges of wedding planning with the search for the killer in a very engaging narrative. The characters are well-developed, and relationships comfortable. Red herrings, twists, and a few unexpected situations keep the pace steady. While the outcome is somewhat predictable, the path to reach the answer easily teases the reader along. ONE FOR THE BOOKS is well done and quite entertaining.

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SUMMARY

Wedding bells are ringing in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Word to the Wise.

Love is in the air in Briar Creek as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. The entire town is excited for the happy day, and Lindsey and Sully's plan for a small wedding evaporates as more and more people insist upon attending the event of the year.   

When Lindsey and her crafternoon pals head out to Bell Island to see if it can accommodate the ever-expanding guest list, they are horrified to discover a body washed up on the rocky shore. Even worse, Lindsey recognizes the man as the justice of the peace who was supposed to officiate her wedding ceremony. When it becomes clear he was murdered, Lindsey can't help but wonder if it had to do with the wedding. Now she has to book it to solve the mystery before it ends her happily ever after before it's even begun....


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