Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay

Death in the Stacks

In the latest Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library's big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble . . . Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream-...

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Death in the Stacks Reviews

  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    Since this is the 8th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series, there are certain things I can't disclose because of spoilers. However, let me say I devoured this book and this series keeps going strong. In this installment, there is a new library Board member, Olive Boyle, and she's out to make Lindsey's life hell. One night, after a fundraiser, Olive is found dead in the stacks and one of Lindsey's favorite employees is the prime suspect. Even though Lindsey has sworn off investigating, she

    Since this is the 8th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series, there are certain things I can't disclose because of spoilers. However, let me say I devoured this book and this series keeps going strong. In this installment, there is a new library Board member, Olive Boyle, and she's out to make Lindsey's life hell. One night, after a fundraiser, Olive is found dead in the stacks and one of Lindsey's favorite employees is the prime suspect. Even though Lindsey has sworn off investigating, she feels it's up to her to clear Paula's name and figure out who really killed Olive.

    McKinlay has once again set up a great cozy mystery and all the town favorites are back - Beth, Sully, his sister and brother-in-law, Robbie and even the Lemon - who I love more and more with each book (doesn't every library have an employee who can be referred to as "The Lemon"). Lindsey once again gets in some sticky situations, which are always fun and entertaining, and it was fun to catch up with everyone's lives.

    The only problem I have with this series is that I look forward to the new books being released and then I devour them so quickly so I get discouraged that I have to wait so long for the next one. If you are a cozy mystery lover and adore the small town settings, please pick up the first book and give this series a try!

  • Wendi Lee

    is the eighth book in the Library Lover's series, but my introduction to the world of Lindsey Norris, crime-solving librarian. And can I just say how much I adore this idea of libraries+cozy mysteries???

    The new president of the library board, Olive Boyles, hates everyone. She threatens to fire Lindsey, have a librarian's assistant fired, and soon after is found dead during a library fund-raising event. Lindsey has sworn off crime-solving, but because both she and Paula (the a

    is the eighth book in the Library Lover's series, but my introduction to the world of Lindsey Norris, crime-solving librarian. And can I just say how much I adore this idea of libraries+cozy mysteries???

    The new president of the library board, Olive Boyles, hates everyone. She threatens to fire Lindsey, have a librarian's assistant fired, and soon after is found dead during a library fund-raising event. Lindsey has sworn off crime-solving, but because both she and Paula (the assistant) are now prime suspects, she has to figure out who murdered Olive.

    I liked this book. There were a lot of characters, some with similar names, but I assume everything (and everyone) would be a lot clearer if I'd been reading from #1. The actual mystery was okay; what I loved were the descriptions of the library and the crafternoons (book club/crafting sessions) that happened there. I did fully believe that Lindsey was a librarian - there were discussions about Agatha Christie, and all the bookshelves she kept in her apartment.

    *Thanks to First to Read for an ARC*

  • Melanie

    was a fantastic cozy mystery that proves to be a good jumping off point for those new to the

    series like me and I really enjoyed it.

    Lindsey Norris as director of the Briar Creek Library is busy preparing for the annual Dinner in the Stacks, the library's biggest fundraiser of the year. Her only issue is the new library board president Olive Boyle who is determined to see Lindsey fail and be fired. Despite the issues she has with Olive, Lindsey intends

    was a fantastic cozy mystery that proves to be a good jumping off point for those new to the

    series like me and I really enjoyed it.

    Lindsey Norris as director of the Briar Creek Library is busy preparing for the annual Dinner in the Stacks, the library's biggest fundraiser of the year. Her only issue is the new library board president Olive Boyle who is determined to see Lindsey fail and be fired. Despite the issues she has with Olive, Lindsey intends to work with her to make the dinner a success. That is until Olive publicly threatens Lindsey's employee Paula and she finally loses her temper. After the dinner is a huge success in spite of Olive, Lindsey finds Olive dead in the library with Paula crouched over the body. Regardless of the evidence stacked against Paula, Lindsey knows she's innocent and sets out to find the real killer before they strike again.

    Lindsey is very dedicated to her job at the library and truly loves working there. A large number of her friends are her fellow staff at the library and she's very loyal to those she's close to. After she was nearly killed a few months prior to this book, she vowed she was done with investigating murders. However despite that vow, she knows she can't leave Paula to be blamed for Olive's murder and decides to pick up her investigator cap to help out her friend.

    The mystery of who killed Olive was incredibly interesting and the author kept me guessing throughout the book. There were a ton of twists and turns and the further along in the case, the more interesting things became. At one point I had decided who I thought was the killer and I ended up being completely wrong! The author does a good job showing how Lindsey and Robbie get their information despite not being police. Lindsey and Robbie work very well together and I enjoyed watching them work through the case.

    The side characters in this book are incredibly well fleshed out and I enjoyed learning how everyone was connected to Lindsey and each other. My favorite character by far was Ms. Cole aka "The Lemon" who was such a curmudgeon and I just loved her. Another great character is Sully, Lindsey's boyfriend. I loved how supportive he was of her and how he encouraged her to do what she loved.

    Overall,

    was a really fun and engaging read. I hope to go back and read the other books in the series at some point as well as check out the author's two other cozy mystery series whose characters made appearances in this book.

  • Ticklish Owl

    Thanks bunches to Penguin for the ARC.

    I wasn't familiar with Jenn McKinlay before reading Death in the Stacks. I adore books about books and quite enjoy cozies, so naturally, Death in the Stacks had me at library mystery. Sadly, I don't think this book was a good fit for me.

    The writing is awkward with some rather oddly constructed sentences. There is very little character development and dialog doesn't flow naturally. Everyone sounds like they’re reading from a script. It’s all tell and no show

    Thanks bunches to Penguin for the ARC.

    I wasn't familiar with Jenn McKinlay before reading Death in the Stacks. I adore books about books and quite enjoy cozies, so naturally, Death in the Stacks had me at library mystery. Sadly, I don't think this book was a good fit for me.

    The writing is awkward with some rather oddly constructed sentences. There is very little character development and dialog doesn't flow naturally. Everyone sounds like they’re reading from a script. It’s all tell and no show, leaving me with little emotional connection to the characters. So little, in fact, that solving the murder didn’t really interest me.

    My favorite part was the Brit’s pun-off. What can I say, I enjoy wordplay, no matter how silly.

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  • Liz

    Jenn McKinlay has become one of two cosy mystery writers I'll read without a second thought, and while I've only read the first book in this particular series (several years ago, at that), it was easy to pick back up with Lindsay Norris and the enjoyable characters of Briar Creek and their enviable library programs. This book is not high literature, but it does have a breezy, fast-paced plot, fun dialogue and a truly horrific murder victim, and that's about all you can really ask for in a cosy m

    Jenn McKinlay has become one of two cosy mystery writers I'll read without a second thought, and while I've only read the first book in this particular series (several years ago, at that), it was easy to pick back up with Lindsay Norris and the enjoyable characters of Briar Creek and their enviable library programs. This book is not high literature, but it does have a breezy, fast-paced plot, fun dialogue and a truly horrific murder victim, and that's about all you can really ask for in a cosy mystery. As a fan of McKinlay's other mysteries, it was also amusing to realize that nearly the entire cast of regulars from both the Cupcake Bakery and the Hat Shop series managed to neatly insert themselves into this particular story - it was virtually a character convention via library fundraising gala. If this is your first foray into Briar Creek, I'm pretty sure you'll want to come back.

    I received an advance review copy of this book from the publishers, and it was my pleasure to review it.

  • Wendy

    Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

    Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay

    Berkley, 2017

    Crime Fiction (Cozy); 304 pgs

    Source: E-copy provided by publisher for an honest review.

    I could not resist requesting Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay when I first saw it up for offer on Penguin's First to Read program. Lindsey Norris is the directory for Briar Creek Library, and she has her work cut out for h

    Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

    Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay

    Berkley, 2017

    Crime Fiction (Cozy); 304 pgs

    Source: E-copy provided by publisher for an honest review.

    I could not resist requesting Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay when I first saw it up for offer on Penguin's First to Read program. Lindsey Norris is the directory for Briar Creek Library, and she has her work cut out for her with the annual Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser event scheduled in just a few days. The new library board president, Olive Boyle, is less than impressed with the plans and is making a lot of noise to make sure everyone knows it. Olive isn't liked by many people given her penchant to collect dirty secrets and use them as blackmail to get what she wants. She seems determined to bring down the library staff, and Lindsey isn't sure why.

    When Olive is found murdered in the library, all eyes fall to one of the library employees who had been threatened by Olive just that night. Lindsey had promised to stay out of further murder investigations (probably related to the previous seven books in the series, which I haven't yet read), but everyone seems to know her better than herself. And this murder did take place in her library, after all.

    Olive is truly a despicable character, and one cannot help but dislike her. Although no one would wish the way she died on anyone, even her, it's likely not many will miss her. I could really relate to Lindsey on the other hand, and enjoyed getting to know her. I'm quite fond of her boyfriend too, but even more so her dog, Heathcliff, who definitely deserves more than the cameo he got. I also like the the sheriff, although she probably gives Lindsey more latitude than she should. There is quite a cast of eccentric characters, including some out of town guests.

    I thought I knew the direction the novel was going, but it gets pretty twisty there in the end--if a bit confusing--but it kept me glued to the pages. I just had to know how everything turned out.

    Death in the Stacks was such a fun read. It even ends with the library's craft and reader's guide for one of the "Crafternoons" (the library's craft and reading group) book choices and the craft to go along with it. There are even a few recipes included to send the reader off hungry. This is one of those books that walked into my life at just the right time. It was funny and down right silly at times, but I was hooked from the start. I look forward to reading more in the series.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Jenn McKinlay’s wonderful series continues as the Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser is about to take place in Briar Creek. That is if the new library board president, Olive Boyle doesn’t screw everything up. She is a cantankerous woman that makes Ms. Cole (lemon) look like a real peach. Olive Boyle has all kinds of plans for the library including uniforms and getting rid of Lindsey and Paula. She also makes some last minute decisions regarding the fundraiser dinner, but luckily

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Jenn McKinlay’s wonderful series continues as the Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser is about to take place in Briar Creek. That is if the new library board president, Olive Boyle doesn’t screw everything up. She is a cantankerous woman that makes Ms. Cole (lemon) look like a real peach. Olive Boyle has all kinds of plans for the library including uniforms and getting rid of Lindsey and Paula. She also makes some last minute decisions regarding the fundraiser dinner, but luckily Lindsey is able to get everything back on track.

    The big night arrives and so does Olive Boyle along with her friends. She tries to steal the limelight by trashing Lindsey until the plug to the mic is pulled. The event goes on as planned but at the end of the night the board president is missing and when she is found, she has been stabbed to death in the stacks with Paula by her side. She claims she didn’t do it and Lindsey believes her, but she is their prime suspect. Lindsey soon learns Olive has plenty of enemies even among her friends. She vows to stay out of the case but with the evidence pointing to Paula her staff begs her to solve the case before their friend is sentenced to life at prison library.

    Each addition to the Jenn McKinlay shelf at the library makes me happy. This installment has all of my favorite characters working together to find out who killed the woman no one in town really liked. All these characters continue to evolve and grow and by the end one of them startles them all by taking a giant step. The author also integrates the characters from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and her Hat Shop Mysteries as they first show up as guests at the dinner and then drop in at the library. It was fun seeing all the characters in one place.

    Ms. McKinley has written another extraordinary mystery. She sets a quick pace and leads readers down a tightly woven path. All this while dropping actual books and authors into the story line with Lindsey making book recommendations or checking books out or putting them back on the shelf. The suspect pool is large and eliminating people from the list isn’t easy. Each twist bring new possibilities but we are kept guessing right up until the end.

    I was engaged by the characters and entertained by the entire story. I always enjoy my trips to Briar Creek and can’t wait to return next year.

  • Lisa Ks Book Review

    My idea of the perfect library is one stocked with all cozy mysteries! And of course that would mean an entire Jenn McKinlay section.

    Each book in this series just gets better and better! And this holds true with DEATH IN THE STACKS. Over the course of the eight books in the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the town of Briar Creek, and all of its wonderful, endearing characters have grown to become among my favorites in the cozy mystery world.

    DEATH IN THE STACKS was another well plotted mystery that

    My idea of the perfect library is one stocked with all cozy mysteries! And of course that would mean an entire Jenn McKinlay section.

    Each book in this series just gets better and better! And this holds true with DEATH IN THE STACKS. Over the course of the eight books in the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the town of Briar Creek, and all of its wonderful, endearing characters have grown to become among my favorites in the cozy mystery world.

    DEATH IN THE STACKS was another well plotted mystery that moved at a brisk pace. Even in the quiet moments of the book I could tell something exciting was waiting to happen on the next page. And as always with a Jenn McKinlay book, there were parts where I laughed out loud, and even a part that had me close to tears.

    The victim in this tale being such a disagreeable person, there were plenty of people who would have liked to finish her off. I think protagonist Lindsey Norris would have been happy to sit out this investigation, but she couldn’t since one of her friends was a suspect. With twists and turns popping up all over, I never had it narrowed to one person. When I read who the killer was, and why they did it . . . well, I never would have guessed it!

    I was thrilled to see that Jenn McKinlay incorporated characters from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, and her Hat Shop Mysteries. The Cupcake Bakery Mystery series is one I anxiously wait for every year. To see all of those fantastic characters interact was so much fun!

    An excellent mystery, fun moments, a craft, and recipes? DEATH IN THE STACKS has a little of something for everyone!

  • OpenBookSociety.com

    Death in the Stacks

    Library Lover’s Mystery, Book #8

    By Jenn McKinlay

    ISBN#9780399583759

    Author’s website:

    Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

    Synopsis:

    Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream–it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board presiden

    Death in the Stacks

    Library Lover’s Mystery, Book #8

    By Jenn McKinlay

    ISBN#9780399583759

    Author’s website:

    Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

    Synopsis:

    Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream–it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.

    Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

    The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive–but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future.

    Review:

    A small seaside town library setting, characters to root for, and a truly vile murder victim come together to make an engaging, entertaining read in Death in the Stacks, the eighth entry in the Library Lover’s Mystery series.

    Jenn McKinlay writes some of my favorite characters in the cozy mystery universe, books full of witty narratives and dangerous situations, all while maintaining the coziness one associates with the genre. Death in the Stacks finds our protagonist Lindsay, director of her small community library, busy with preparations for the library’s annual fund raiser and dealing with the board’s new president Olive Boyle. When Olive is found murdered among the stacks after publicly attacking Lindsay and library employee Paula, police chief Emma cannot help but make the two ladies her prime suspects. Initially, Lindsay, who has sworn off being an amateur sleuth, does not want to get involved with the investigation but quickly realizes that she must do something to remove suspicion. Olive was a power hungry, narcissist out to ruin just about everyone around her so it is no wonder that she made plenty of enemies along the way. Even her pack of “mean girl” friends are more frenemies than not. The more Lindsay looks into Olive’s life, the more motives she finds making uncovering the killer no easy task.

    Fans of McKinlay’s Hat Shop Mysteries and Cupcake Bakery Mysteries will be delighted to see characters from these series pop up in Death in the Stacks. Their cameos work well in the context of the fund raising dinner, and I am especially pleased to get another glimpse into the lives of the Hat Shop crew beyond the end of their series. I hope they visit Briar Creek again someday. The story moves along at a brisk pace, and I had a hard time pinpointing the killer until the exciting climactic scene. The final reveal left me thinking that Olive got what she deserved, and, wow, what a conniving, manipulative witch she was. At this point in the series, recurring characters are well defined friends to readers yet they continue to be interesting and grow. The relationships are what keep me coming back for more. I truly wish that as a kid I had a children’s librarian as fabulous as Beth.

    Death in the Stacks is a wonderful addition to the Library Lover’s Series, and I hope to have many more adventures with Lindsay and crew. Recommended.

    *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  • Karen

    I could not help it I tried to savor it but I could not put it down. Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay was one of those books you simply must settle in and read cover to cover. I loved it. I don't know how Jenn did it but I quickly became agitated enough with the character that ends up murdered is found, I thought to myself finally and had a hard time finding sympathy for the victim. I really enjoyed the banter between Lindsay and Robbie and their amature sluething. I also loved how the progr

    I could not help it I tried to savor it but I could not put it down. Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay was one of those books you simply must settle in and read cover to cover. I loved it. I don't know how Jenn did it but I quickly became agitated enough with the character that ends up murdered is found, I thought to myself finally and had a hard time finding sympathy for the victim. I really enjoyed the banter between Lindsay and Robbie and their amature sluething. I also loved how the progression of Sully and Lindsay's relationship and Sully and Emma's relationships change over the story. I was so excited with the ending of this book it is taking all my strength to not tell you and write this while biting my tongue! This was one of those reads you just want to champion!


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