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!