Monday, September 7, 2020

One for the Books - Cozy Mystery Review

 Goodreads: One for the Books (A Library Lover's Mystery #11) by Jenn McKinlay

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source: Publisher 

Description:  Love is in the air in Briar Creek as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. The entire town is excited for the happy day, and Lindsey and Sully's plan for a small wedding evaporates as more and more people insist upon attending the event of the year.

When Lindsey and her crafternoon pals head out to Bell Island to see if it can accommodate the ever-expanding guest list, they are horrified to discover a body washed up on the rocky shore. Even worse, Lindsey recognizes the man as the justice of the peace who was supposed to officiate her wedding ceremony. When it becomes clear he was murdered, Lindsey can't help but wonder if it had to do with the wedding. Now she has to book it to solve the mystery before it ends her happily ever after before it's even begun....

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is my favorite series by far from Jenn McKinlay and I was so excited to see Lindsey and Sully take the next step in their relationship.  

My Impression:  I love this series and this might just be one of my favorite entries in it.  I feel like I've read several wedding type cozies this year and all of them confirm for me that I just don't understand wedding fever.  And to be fair I don't think Lindsey really gets it either.  Her wedding is supposed to be super tiny and through an unfortunate event spirals out of her control.  Throw in a dead justice of the peace and Lindsey's wedding day is very much not going to plan.

I love the community that McKinlay has built here with the crafternoon friends, Miss Lemon, Sully's family, and the rest of the townspeople in Briar Creek.  The library is a good stage for people to come in and out of and also gives plenty of space for some bookish talk which I always love.  

With all the wedding going ons the murder does get swept a bit to the side occasionally but it is still lots of fun.   I can't say I was shocked by the reveal but this is very much one of those cases that I was enjoying the journey so much that it didn't matter that I could see the end already.  This was an entertaining mystery with a fun community and some bookish talk and I think that's hard to beat!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I always enjoy McKinlay's books and this is my favorite series from her.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozy mysteries you really must try this series.  While I think you can jump in here with no trouble I think you'd enjoy it more if you're familiar with the characters and the community.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I can feel your enthusiasm for this book! I haven't read this author before. I want to start reading more cozies so this may be going on my list.

  2. I have this and I really need to get too it! :)

  3. I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing, enjoy reading the rest of the series.

  4. I love the look of the wintry cover, it looks a cosy read!

  5. I love seeing the characters develop over a series like this and yes wouldn't it be wonderful if weddings were less of the wedding fever!