Though this is book 7, it’s a perfectly good place to start the series. I did, and I could still follow just fine.
Librarian Lindsey Norris’s idea for a book amnesty day (no fines for late or damaged books) isn’t too popular at Briar Creek Public Library. They’re drowning under stacks of books–and then they find a book 20 years overdue, which turns out to have been checked out by a murdered woman–the very day she was murdered. The killer was never found–and may have been the person who returned the book. Lindsey wants to know why this happened, as this clue might help finally find the killer.
A fun read for fans of books, libraries, and librarians. There’s plenty of bookish things to love along with the mystery, and a romance at a turning point in the relationship. As a cozy mystery, there’s the usual protagonist who doesn’t know when to quit, but this series makes it work–she’s hopelessly inquisitive, driven to find the truth, and a born researcher. And for the most part, her interference is tolerated, though not always approved of.
Lindsey’s likable despite that nosy nature–well-rounded, with interests other than snooping and books. Though she does love books as much as you’d hope a librarian would! The plot is a little predictable in places, but I think that’s the appeal of cozy mysteries. You know, to a certain degree, what you’re going to get. In a small town where everyone is in everyone else’s business, there’s still room for secrets…
Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries and/or libraries!