Monday, November 15, 2021

Killer Research - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Killer Research (A Library Lover's Mystery #12) by Jenn McKinlay

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Spring is livening up Briar Creek after a long, cold winter, and newlyweds Lindsey and Sully could not be happier. Even though the upcoming mayoral election is getting heated, everything else in town is coming up daffodils...until a body is found.

Ms. Cole, a librarian and current candidate for town mayor, is shocked when she opens her trunk to discover a murder victim who just so happens to be a guy she dated forty years ago and the founder of the baking empire Nana's Cookies. As the town gossip mill turns, a batch of rumors begins to circulate about Ms. Cole's rebellious youth, which--along with being a murder suspect--threatens to ruin her life and her budding political career. But Ms. Cole is one tough cookie who will not go down without a fight.

Has the campaign for mayor turned deadly? It is up to Lindsey, Sully, and the rest of the crafternoon pals to see how the cookie crumbles and figure out who is trying to frame Ms. Cole for murder and why.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is a favorite series so of course I had to pick up this latest book.  

My Impression:  Oh I love this series!  I love Lindsey and that she introduces townspeople to the reader by describing what kinds of books they tend to checkout.  One of the things that I've really appreciate about the series is the evolution of Ms. Cole.  For the first few books she's almost a one note cranky librarian character but as the series has continued we've seen her become more and more human which I've really enjoyed.  In this book not only is Ms. Cole much more front and center but we get a peek into her backstory which did explain a lot about her and was really interesting.

I expect the mystery to be solid in this series and this did not let me down.  There are a lot of potential motives though no real suspects until more then halfway through the book.  As always I love Emma as police chief and Robbie as her boyfriend/ Lindsey's conspirator is top notch and I'm really pleased that the romance between Lindsey and Sully has settled down and there is no more uncertainty there.  

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and it very rarely disappoints.  Not only are the mysteries solid and intriguing but the characters are just like visiting old friends.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  This is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors.

Would I Recommend this Book? Yes!  This is a fun and well done bookish cozy series.  I do recommend starting towards the beginning as the character development is a pretty big part of the plot but I don't think you'll regret it!

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


  1. I really need to make time for this series. It sounds so good. Great review!

  2. Me too. I would love to get into this series as well and it sounds so good. I think I read a little slower than yourself but maybe one day.

  3. I keep saying this but one of these days I'm going to try a Jenn McKinlay cozy.

  4. Love this series too! I just got it on overdrive and can't wait to start it!