Book Review: Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay

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When I need a go-to, guaranteed solid and sure-fire cozy mystery, I look to Jenn McKinlay for her wonderful settings, characters and plots. In the seventh book of the Library Lover’s mystery series, I found another good read with Better Late Than Never. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and round it up to 4 on Goodreads and Amazon.

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It’s Amnesty Day at the Briar Creek Public Library where Lindsey receives hundreds of overdue library books, including one that was last handled by someone who was murdered–and the crime was never solved! Lindsey quietly investigates in the background while trying to keep famous actor Robbie Vine from convincing her to be his girlfriend. She also spends more time with Sully, and there’s an actual decision in her love triangle in this book. While playing detective, Lindsey meets tons of staff at the local high school, learns more about the brother of another supporting character, and finds herself discovering someone isn’t who they say they are… shocker! LOL

McKinlay always delivers characters you can believe and whom you want to know. The setting is cozy and makes you wish you lived in the town, minus the murders. The plot was strong in the beginning, but the case was solved too quickly. It was humming along with a few potential suspects and then BAM, the “I know who did it” scenario happens… but there weren’t enough clues along the way. The book was 50% focused on her relationship issues which meant less time for the crime. In some ways, I’m cool with that, as I like Lindsey and it’s always fun to just read about her life. But I think it would have been better with another 2 chapters leading readers around a bit before she guessed the killer and found herself in his/her clutches.

I’ll keep reading as I’m a fan… maybe next time it will be even stronger. I have her Hat Shop series books on my shelf saying ‘read me now please’ but I can’t listen until after I finish my Agatha Christie Readathon I’m hosting in April 2018.

 

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26 thoughts on “Book Review: Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay

    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 22, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Thanks for the author recommendation. I often find the cozy mysteries are set in nice enough towns except for those pesky murder rates 😉

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    Mary Deal said:
    March 22, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    The part of this plot in the library seems to give a new twist to the genre. I might have to look into this.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 22, 2018 at 11:53 AM

      It’s a fun, light series… the first is still my favorite, but the main character is strong.

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    AJ said:
    March 22, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Ok I’ve never read one of her books, but it sounds great! Went into my TBR, but is it important to read them in order?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 22, 2018 at 11:52 AM

      She has a few series. I’ve read some in each. There are a few things that happen in earlier books within each series where it’s helpful to know the info in a future book. And I recall 2 cases where a character in an earlier book is either killed or a culprit in a future book, so that would be something to know if you read out of order. She has a London hat shop series, a cupcake bakery series, and a library one. She also has a romance dog lovers series, but I’ve not read it.

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        AJ said:
        March 22, 2018 at 12:59 PM

        Those all sound great to me! I’m one of those weird people obsessed with reading books in order so I’ll start at the beginning:)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 22, 2018 at 1:10 PM

        yes, definitely… me too.. except when I win a giveaway and it’s #4… I have no time to go back to the beginning! Ouch.

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        AJ said:
        March 22, 2018 at 1:15 PM

        Lol I know that pain. NetGalley just did that to me!!!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 22, 2018 at 1:18 PM

        YES! I was down to 12 books I ‘had’ to read in my queue and somehow I won 3 giveaways, then NetGalley awarded me 5, and 3 authors asked me to read. Add in a few birthday books… I’m up to 29 today again. It’s a good problem to have but I am finding myself $100 for every book I buy/get/order/win in the next 2 months. I’m not allowed to until I have less than 10 in my queue. Not sure who gets the $100 but there you have it.

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        AJ said:
        March 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM

        I’m trying my best to get caught up on all my series, but I also have 3 books on NetGalley to get read and about ten from the library, plus all the free kindle ones I picked up. I don’t think I’ll ever get caught up!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM

        We’ll never catch up!

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        AJ said:
        March 22, 2018 at 10:04 PM

        Nope I don’t think I will:(🤣

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    mrsnnnlight said:
    March 22, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    I’ve never heard of her or the series so I will check it out. Great review, James!

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    March 22, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Great review! I’ve never read her work before. I’ll have to check some of her stuff out!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    March 22, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Well, you had me at ‘library’ and those crazy librarians, ALWAYS looking into the backgrounds and murders of people who return books! … They probably had a late fee! 😉😂

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    A cozy series set in a library? How did I miss this? Count me in!😁

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