Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay, 304 pages
(Library Lovers Mystery book 1)

Oh boy, where to start on this disappointing, yet aptly named book. For one thing, _EVERY_ character was way too stereotypical from the overweight-Barney Fife Chief of Police to the smarmy boyfriend/victim. (Even the effervescent children's librarian dresses up like Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar to do storytime). The story follows Lindsey Norris, newly-made director of the Briar Creek Library who has your typical cantankerous reference librarian, geeky pages and silly children's librarian all on her staff. All is well in the homey little town full of knitters, picturesque seasides and New England recipes until the local celebrity children's author is murdered and the Children's Librarian becomes the prime suspect. Of course you can't have someone accused of murder in a small town without the over-dressed, overly aggressive local news reporter (who doesn't care what the truth is) trying to harass the next big story out of the locals.  I'm surprised my eyes didn't get stuck in the back of my head from rolling them so much. Unbelievably, I finished the story. Was I surprised of who the murderer was? Nope. It was pretty much an open shut case from the very beginning.

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