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Better Late Than Never
Library Lover’s #7
Jenn McKinlay

Berkley Prime Crime
November 1, 2016/ ISBN 978-0-399-58373-5
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Briar Creek Public Library is holding its first overdue book amnesty day. Library director Lindsey Norris brings a twenty-year past-due copy of The Catcher in the Rye to the attention of Ms. Cole, the old-school librarian, who not only disapproves of amnesty day, she also has kept the library records for decades.

Ms. Cole searches the files and nearly faints at what she discovers. The Catcher in the Rye had been checked out by Candice Whitley, a murdered teacher. She checked the book out on the very day she was killed. While this is a cold-case for the police, Lindsey can’t let go and wonders if the library book could somehow lead her to find the killer. Or would it lead her into danger?

It’s always fun to visit Briar Creek and Lindsey and her friends and co-workers. Jenn McKinlay hits all the right marks on what makes a cozy a cozy. The town is one where everyone knows most everyone else, and there is always someone around with a long memory. The romance between Lindsey and Mike Sullivan is touching, and the crafting ladies, known as the Crafternooners provide a variety of interesting characters. The murder mystery is well-crafted and I found myself turning page after page, and before I knew it, a whole afternoon had flown by.

The back of the book provides crafts and recipes and a preview of Jenn McKinlay’s next book in her Hat Shop Mystery series.

Highly recommended to bookworms everywhere!

Reviewed 2016