Library director Lindsey Norris
is excited about the upcoming Christmas holiday, and she's
looking forward to the weekly crafternoon book club meeting
one Thursday afternoon. The group meets for book discussion,
done while working on crafts, and then noshing on some delicious
food. It was usually one of the highlights of her week. On
this particular Thursday, however, when she unlocks the meeting
room, there is someone inside! Imagine her surprise when it
is her brother, Jack, who hasn't given any warning that he
was coming! Lindsey agrees to let the over-tired Jack sleep
in the room, keep it quiet that he is there, and hold the
meeting in another room.
When Lindsey goes back to check on Jack, he's gone, but there
is another man in the room. A very dead man! It seems Jack
is in a whole peck of trouble, and although she sees him again
later that evening, he quickly disappears as she and ex-boyfriend
Captain Mike Sullivan give chase. Kidnapped and in a life-threatening
situation, things don't look good for Jack. Will Lindsay be
able to save her brother without getting him in trouble with
the police? Or will someone turn Lindsay's lights out so she'll
never read again?
I liked that this mystery had an international flair, yet
still kept all of the small town Briar Creek, Connecticut,
characters involved. There were enough twists and turns to
keep me guessing, and although Lindsey did put herself directly
in danger, she was smart enough to have back-up so she wasn't
in it alone. I'm always thrilled when an author doesn't write
the heroine as what I not-so-affectionately refer to as “Too
Stupid To Live.” Lindsey is most definitely a smart-cookie,
and I enjoy her adventures and her day-to-day life.
As usual, author Jenn McKinlay has written a page-turner
of a mystery that will appeal to cozy mystery lovers everywhere.
The book is appropriate for teens and adults, and would be
great for a book club. In fact, at the end of the story, there
is a Briar Creek Library Guide to Crafternoons. It includes
an example of a reader's guide, a craft and some recipes.
Personally, I really appreciate the extra effort that was
put into this section. Thank you Jenn!
As a final note, if you are a coffee drinker, please make
sure you have coffee on hand before you sit down to read "On
Reviews of other titles in this series
Can Be Deceiving
or Die #2
Borrowed Time #5
The Books #9