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Word To The Wise
Library Lover’s Mystery #10
BY Jenn McKinlay

September 3, 2019/ ISBN 978-0-593-10003-5
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Lindsey Norris is the library director in Briar Creek. She loves her job and finds satisfaction in helping patrons to find what they need be it books or information. A newcomer to town wants to learn how to maintain his rose garden during the drought. Lindsey helps the man find the appropriate books, then heads back to work at the reference desk and perform her other duties. She doesn’t realize it yet but the newcomer, Aaron Grady has become fixated on her and that spells trouble.

Lindsey and her fiancé Sully are to be married in about five months and she is busily planning and making preparations. Aaron begins to stalk Lindsey to the point that she called Emma Plewicki, the local chief of police.

When Lindsey and Sully go to The Blue Anchor for dinner and Aaron shows up, Sully confronts him and the owner of the restaurant insists that Aaron leave and never return.

Aaron is soon found dead outside of the library and because of the public scene at The Blue Anchor, Sully is a prime suspect. Having solved several murders in the recent past Lindsey puts her sleuthing skills to the test and vows to clear Sully and find the real killer.

What a compelling read this was. It is very much a cozy mystery, but McKinley manages to address a concern of great importance. The harassment and stalking of women are often ignored or not taken seriously enough. Well done, Ms. McKinley. Well done.

Although this is the eleventh book in the series, it is fine as a stand-alone read. If you enjoy it as much as I did, you’ll find yourself wanting to read the previous ten. I’ve read every book to date and continue to remain impressed with the quality writing and the fresh and current themes in each.

I highly recommend “Word to the Wise.”

Reviews to previous titles in this series:

Books can be Deceiving
Due or Die
Better Late Than Never
Hitting the Books

Reviewers Notes: The author also writes the Hat Shop Mysteries and the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

Reviewed 2019