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One for the Books

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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* feel like it took forever for it to get to the mystery part?? the book wasn't bad but more romance than mystery lol
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I am coming into this series without having read the previous books, but no doubt, Lindsey Norris and Mike (Sully) Sullivan have been working towards a wonderful common goal - marriage. Meanwhile, Lindsey, as a busy library director, has proven to be quite good when it comes to solving crimes. However, that is the last thing on Lindsey and Sully's minds. Instead, their wedding day is approaching and everyone in the town of Briar Creek is excited for the impending nuptials.

Things do not go as planned, however. Not in the least. In fact, a body has washed up at the shore as Lindsey and her friends were about to scout for a wedding venue. The body belongs to the justice of the peace. Now, not only do Lindsey and Sully not have anyone to marry them, Lindsey takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of his death and if it connected to her wedding in any way.

I love cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint. Not only did I read this one, I read book twelve, Killer Research. Even so, I plan on going back and reading the series from the beginning as I love Lindsey, Sully and the crafternoon (cool name!) friends.

Lindsey is the perfect amateur detective. I enjoyed her being able to work at solving the murder, all while holding on to her plans to marry Sully. Even though I want to catch up and read the first ten books, this delightful story did just fine as a standalone novel. Moreover, I had this book as an audiobook ARC and I really enjoyed the narration, thus making for the perfect afternoon read.

Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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I was given an advance copy of this cozy mystery in exchange for an honest review.  This is by far one of my favorite genres and this cozy mystery did not disappoint,  Even though I hadn’t read the previous books in the series,. I found this one to be a stand alone, I did enjoy this book so much, I want to seek out some .of Jenn McKinlay’s other books. This book is.for anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.   I would recommend to my friends and family. A big thank you to #NetGalley,#DreamScape, #JennMcKinlay, and #OnefortheBooks for the advance copy..
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A super fun cozy mystery and while this is the 11th in the series, I wasn't at all lost reading it. I adored the setting and the characters were a delight, and the mystery (and murder) kept me guessing.
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lisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

One for the Books is the eleventh book in the Library Lover's Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay. I had not read the previous books and found this easy to read as a standalone cozy mystery.

This was definitely a fun cozy mystery. I loved getting to know the characters and their small town. I loved how the reader got to be included in a Christmas wedding and all that entails in the short time leading up to it! The mystery was great, filled with fun twists and turns, and was fun to try to solve!

The narration by Allyson Ryan was great! She brought the story to life!

I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series!

I'm so grateful to Jenn McKinlay, Dreamscape Media, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
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First thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Jenn McKinlay for the opportunity to listen to One For the books. 

This is a first listen for me for this author.  I don't think you need to read the entire series but I would definitely head to this series for a cozy mystery.  I definitely had feelings for these characters - Lindsay and Sully (aww and three cheers for their upcoming nuptials), Heathcliff (the happy, bouncy, big dog), Jamie (be - atch) etc etc.  I felt a bit transported to the Connecticut coastline as her writing was picturesque without being,  well, wordy.  

Yes there is a turn or two and yes, I would definitely recommend this to fans of this genre and even for some who haven't explored the cozy mystery world.  

Regarding the audio- very well done.  The voices are adapted to the character fairly seemlessly.
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This is a wonderful cozy mystery.

I love both of the main characters. They have a great relationship and really work together as they try to sort out the problems that have arisen in their personal lives. That’s true also as they piece together the clues to find the murderer.

The plot has plenty of twists and a number of suspects. They really kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out the motive as well as the murderer.

The narrator for this book does an incredible job. I love all the different voices that she uses for each character. It helped to make the story come alive for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
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If you're really into super suspenseful mysteries with lots of twists and turns, this probably is going to feel flat to you. But if you're into short mysteries, this one is perfect! This felt like a good old fashioned whodunnit. It didn't feel daunting or suspenseful, but a good way to get your brain thinking about possibilities- putting together a puzzle. I've not read other books in this series, but am a fan of Jenn McKinlay's other books. This one has a nice holiday feel to go along with the mystery, so it felt like a good time to read it! A charming book from a charming author.
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Another JM winner! I love this series. It makes me want to quit my job teaching to go work at my local library!! I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I think this is one of three complete series I’ve read in my life, which is saying something!

I received an advanced copy. All thoughts are my own.
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It’s just over a week that the Briar Creek Public Library Director Lindsey Norris is supposed to marry Mike Sullivan, also known as Sully. They were planning a small wedding on Bell Island, just family and close friends, but some of the people in town have been asking about their registry. Lindsey starts to worry that people from town are planning on coming to the wedding, despite not being invited. She and Sully think it’s strange that so many people would be so rude as to invite themselves, but when it’s pointed out to Lindsay that she may have given the calligrapher the wrong guest list, they realize that instead of the modest 35 invitations they meant to send out, about 100 invitations were sent out to their original guest list. 

They make plans to go out the next day to the island, where Sully’s parents live, to see if they can figure out how to make room for so many extra guests. Sully’s sister and her husband are taking care of the food, so increasing the number of servings is less of a problem. But it’s a small island. Can they really fit everyone comfortably at the ceremony? In December, when outside seating will be so much more difficult? 

But first, it’s the Briggses’ Annual Christmas Party. Steve Briggs and Sully go way back, growing up together. Now, Sully is the town’s boat captain, and Steve is a corporate attorney. Their house is the largest in the area, a mansion really, and tonight it’s filled with food and music, party guests and decorations. Almost the entire town is there to celebrate the holiday, and Steve himself is dressed up in an elf costume. He’s in good spirits, and looking forward to officiating Lindsey and Sully’s upcoming wedding, as the local justice of the peace. 

Lindsey and Sully spend some time enjoying the party, laughing with friends and enjoying festive drinks. They talk to Steve’s wife Jamie, who hints to Lindsey that maybe she should rethink getting married. And just as the couple were getting ready to head home, to enjoy a quiet evening at home with their dog Heathcliff, Steve’s law partner showed up and started yelling at him. Accusing Steve of kicking him out of the law firm and destroying his life, Tony Mancusi was making a big scene until Steve’s brother Nate stopped him and escorted him from the house. 

Lindsey and Sully shrug it off and head home. They get some rest and then head out the next morning for Bell Island. After talking it over with Sully’s parents, Lindsey is starting to feel better about her invitation mistake. She and Sully decide to go for a walk, and that’s when Lindsey saw the body on the beach. When they go to investigate, they discover that it’s Steve, still dressed in his elf costume from the night before. They don’t see his boat anywhere, which is unusual. How did he get there? Who could have killed him? And why? 

They report the Steve’s death to the police, and wait until they show up to answer the necessary questions. Meanwhile, Lindsey is also worried about the wedding. She’s worried about who will officiate, but more than that she’s worried about Sully losing his friend in the week before the ceremony. Lindsey knows that he won’t be able to relax until he knows exactly what happened to him and to know that justice is served. 

Chief of Police Emma investigates, but Lindsey and Sully do too, to try to resolve this as soon as possible. In between meeting up with other potential officiates, they talk to others around town about Steve and what they knew about him. The more they learn about him, the more they realize how unhappy he was in his marriage. He wanted kids, but Jamie didn’t. And then, when Emma brings his brother Nate in for questioning, and Nate confesses, they can’t believe that Nate could do such a thing. They go to the police station to try to find out why, and that’s when Nate’s wife Naomi shows up and confesses that she was the one who killed Steve. 

Lindsey isn’t convinced, but when she talks to Naomi and finds out what was really happening in the family, she understands why both of them would have wanted to kill Steve. But she still can’t believe that either Nate or Naomi killed him. So if it’s not one of them, then who? Was it his wife, who clearly didn’t like the man much? Or was it his business partner, who accused him of ruining his life? 

As Lindsey and Sully find themselves up against so many questions and so few answers, Lindsey wonders if they should postpone the wedding. Sully is certain that the wedding will go on, maybe not as planned, but he believes that it will all work out. 

But when the killer shows up the day of the wedding and starts shooing at Lindsey, she has to wonder if she’ll make it down that aisle after all . . . 

Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers Mysteries is up to #11 with One for the Books. What should be the best week of Lindsay and Sully’s life together becomes a nightmare as they hunt down a killer. Sharply plotted and written with warmth and humanity, this cozy is a reminder of the power of love in a cynical world. 

I listened to the audio book of One for the Books, and I thought narrator Allyson Ryan was perfect as the voice of these mysteries. She finds just the right tone to the story, both the humor and friendliness of Lindsey and her library but also the hunt for justice as they search for a murderer. She even reads the craft and recipe at the end of the book. 

A copy of the audiobook for One for the Books was provided by Dreamscape Media through NetGalley, with many thanks, and I bought the ebook for myself.
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Murder puts the wedding in jeopardy. The main character has her wedding coming up but there is incidents get in the way of her wedding. This book of full of sass ,charm  and page turn suspense. It also has a sparklingly setting and the terror that needs the main characters help.
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I read this book physically when first released. I am a HUGE HUGE fan of Jenn Mckinlay's Hat Shop Mysteries on audio and I just had to check out the audiobook for the library lovers series. Seriously love the narration. 

If you've been following the Library Lovers series since the beginning, you will be overjoyed because we finally have a wedding!! Sully and Lindsey are cozy couple goals. But it wouldn't be a cozy without a little murder and mayhem around their big day! I have loved how this series has evolved in the last 11 books. It is my absolute favorite. The secondary characters draw you into the picturesque Briar Creek and you never want to leave. I can't wait for the next one!
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It is a week before Lindsey's and Sully's wedding and their small wedding has gotten out of control as the whole town seems to think they are invited. As they are attempting to figure how what to do they find a body, a murdered body of Sully's friend.  Now they are embroiled in a mystery along with everything else.  This was my first visit to this series but not the last. I had such a great time and loved the mystery, romance, subtle comedy too of this one. Great characters make up this town and I cannot wait to visit again!

**Received this ARC for review in audio from the publisher via NetGalley**
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I had not read any of the earlier books in this series and this one did not inspire me to go back read them now. I had a hard time following the characters through the story as they seemed malleable and contradictory.

The main character, Lindsey is a kind, conscientious, detail-oriented librarian who is also scatterbrained enough to accidentally invite 100 people to her wedding at a venue that can accommodate 35. The murder victim is the lovable long-time friend of Lindey's fiance who turns out was anything but lovable yet somehow had Lindsay and her fiance completely fooled for years. I just could not follow all of the out-of-the-blue revelations. It almost seemed like an unreliable narrator story but it obviously was not meant to be.

I thought of putting the book down many times and, in hindsight, I should have.
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Charming romance/mystery with some literature, crafting, and baking included. I just wish the quaint seaside CT town where the book takes place actually existed! Will definitely check out more from the author.
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First I would like to thank Jenn McKinlay for providing a free edition of the book via audiobook, Allyson Ryan for the reading, and Dreamscape Media for this audiobook.   Jenn McKinlay is my favorite cozy mystery author- I never knew how much I loved cozy mysteries until I read her.  Now, I am
obsesssed with all things cozy mysteries.  

This audio book was pretty good.  Unrealistic- but enjoyable.  Isn’t that how all cozy mysteries are? In chapter 10, it gets a little irritating when Lindsey acts authoritative on murder investigations.   That’s where I notice I get frustrated. But if that is the only “flaw”, who am I to be concerned?

I did love the references to other cozy mysteries series. That was a nice nod to them and also some that are on my list to investigate in the future. That was neat!

I look forward to the next mystery.  The time listening to this audiobook flew by and I kept desiring to find out “whodunnit”, which is the perfect way to know that it was the best choice for me!

Enjoy! 😊
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One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay is another in the Library Lover's Mystery series, which takes place in Briar Creek, right on the water. Lindsey Norris is the local librarian, although she's only lived here for a year or so. In that time she has managed to fall in love with Mike "Sully" Sullivan and their wedding is now only a week away. On this night they are going to the home of Sully's friend, Steve Briggs for his annual Christmas blowout. Steve is Briar Creek's "boy who made good," and owns a huge house, perfect for his huge party. They don't plan to stay long as both preferred to be home in front of the fire with a good book. Then, a rant by Tony Mancusi, Steve's ex-partner livened up the proceedings for a moment. As it turned out, Lindsay had given the wrong guest list (she had other things on her mind) and there were far more people coming to the wedding that she had planned, so the next morning they sailed out to Bell Island to discuss the changes with Sully's parents as they were hosting the wedding. As they were getting close, Lindsay, and then Sully noticed a green lump on the shore. As they explored they discovered it was Steve, still dressed in his elf costume from the party, and thoroughly dead. It definitely put a damper on the day. 

McKinlay has a way of keeping even multiple murders light hearted instead of ghastly. This is not to say she treats death lightly. She keeps the story moving along with multiple storylines, in this case, wedding preparations, and the library. Of course, there is also Lindsey's friend, Robbie, with whom she shares a penchant for investigating. She doesn't really have time this week for investigating but her natural curiosity can't help but asking questions. It is a small community so it is not difficult to seek out those involved. This is a very amusing book along with a good mystery, which does eventually get solved. 

Allyson Ryan is the narrator and does a credible job, although I wasn't sure at the onset. I didn't care for the way she portrayed Sully or Beth, but her Lindsey was right on and the other characters were acceptable. It was a totally enjoyable listen. 

I was invited to listen to a free audio book of One for the Books by Dreamscape Media, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #dreamscapemedia #jennmckinlay #oneforthebooks
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The wedding is near Lindsay and Sully are getting everything together ,The guess list is growing.
Things are going well until a murder complicates thing.
Love the drama,action,twists and all the charcters.
The narrative is great makes the story come alive..
Really enjoy the series.
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It's almost time for Lindsey and Sully's wedding. The whole town of Briar Creek is as excited as the happy couple. This is going to be the wedding of the century except the size continues to grow. When Lindsey realizes she gave the incorrect guest list to the stationer, she and Sully must go out to the location of the nuptials and make sure it can accommodate the increase in guests. What they weren't expecting to find is the body of the man slated to perform the wedding ceremony. 

One for the Books is another great book in the series. I enjoyed the book so much I devoured it as fast as I could. Every character is great. I found myself able to connect with Lindsey and Beth, not because they are similar to me or we've been down the same roads, but because they are fun, interesting, and nice. I love the author's writing style, the pacing was good, and the story compelling. The continual character development allows for me to get to know Lindsey, Beth, Sully, and everyone else. The author created a wonderful town, with wonderful characters, and I was able to visualize the entire story. This might be book 11 but the author does a spectacular job keeping the mystery, characters, and story fresh.

The audiobook is narrated by Allyson Ryan. Ms. Ryan does an excellent job with the narration of One for the Books. Each character has a distinct voice in tone, inflection, and enunciation. The narrator has a pleasant voice, making an already enjoyable book (I also read the ebook), even better. Fans of the Library Lover's Mystery series will love not only reading the book but also listening to is, as well. 

I was provided a copy of this audiobook to review.
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There is only one week until
Lindsey and Sully’s wedding and things are getting complicated. First Lindsey discovers the wrong guest list is sent out and now they are unsure if they can accommodate everyone in their small town that wants to attend. While looking at the venue a much bigger situation unfolds… a man is found murdered. The murder victim is recognized as the justice of the peace meant to marry them! Will the case be solved and will they be able to find someone else to preform the ceremony before the wedding date? 
I found this to be a fun cozy mystery! I love whodunnit and I’m between heavier reads I enjoy a nice light story. This was my first in the series and I will go back and read more to learn more about the characters and see what other mysteries they stumble upon. 
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook- it was a fun listen and I enjoyed the narrator as well. 3.5
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