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September 1, 2020

One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

"Why is everyone staring at us?" Lindsey Norris asked her fiance, Mike Sullivan, know to everyone in their small Connecticut shoreline town a "Sully." (chapter 1)
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One for the Books
September 2020; Berkley; 978-0593101742
audio, ebook, print (320 pages); cozy mystery

Jenn McKinlay is one of the authors I stalk on Netgalley so I can request her new books as soon as possible. That's how I discovered Paris is Always a Good Idea (read my review) earlier this summer. It also made me think perhaps there wouldn't be a new book in the Library Lover's Mystery series so I was happy to see One for the Books and there's a wedding!

I came late to the Library Lover's Mystery series and quite by chance. I still haven't read all the books in the series, but it hasn't hurt my enjoyment at all. 

I really love the main character Lindsey Norris. She's down to earth and isn't really looking to solve mysteries - she's quite happy with her job as a librarian. Unfortunately, she has the horrible habit of stumbling upon the dead in Briar Creek.

I do think it is a bit early to be reading Christmas stories. I think a fall wedding in New England would have been just as pretty. One for the Books isn't too Christmasy. It is definitely winter and there is a Christmas party and tree lighting, but the festivity that everyone is talking about is the wedding of Lindsey Norris and Mike "Sully" Sullivan. And thanks for an invitation mistake everyone in town has been invited to share in the celebration on Bell Island. But will the nuptials take place since Bell Island has now become a crime scene? Mike and Lindsay will do whatever they can to make sure their wedding happens just the way they wanted.

We get to see a lot of the townspeople in this book. I thought there was a good balance between focusing on the upcoming wedding and the murder mystery. It made for a fun story and an enjoyable weekend reading.

The Crafternoon Club met and while they read Dicken's A Christmas Carol, they don't really discuss the book like we have seen them do in previous books. There is still a readers guide at the end for it in case you are planning your own discussion of A Christmas Carol.  There is a craft - fire-starter pine cones - that I think could make great handmade Christmas gifts. 

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. An author I must check out! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “HEART BONES”

  2. This is a series I've been meaning to start. I bought the first book when it was published, and it's still in one of my bookcases waiting patiently for me to get to it.

  3. I've been wanting to read this series for a long time. It looks so good.