Book Review: Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay

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Who wouldn’t love a book with an autumn theme set in a library? FIVE (5) stars to this hilarious cozy mystery. I truly enjoyed Death in the Stacks, the eighth book in the Library Lover’s mystery series written in 2017 by Jenn McKinlay. I’m a big fan of her other series too, but this one is my favorite. What made it even more exceptional was the character cross-over from her other series, the Hat Shop and The Cupcake Bakery. I haven’t yet read her About a Dog series, so there may have been a cross-over there, I’m just not certain. Nonetheless, wow, what a great caper.
33801790.jpgLindsey throws a giant benefit gala in the library to raise money for Briar Creek’s favorite literary hot spot. Unfortunately, the newest board president, Olive, is a huge thorn in everyone’s side. I’m talking mean-spirited, nasty, and rude… even the lemon can’t stand her! If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the lemon is one of Lindsey’s librarian’s who’s often unhappy with Lindsey over decisions at the library. Olive thankfully turns up dead, but it looks like the newest library employee is responsible. Lindsey promises she won’t investigate but the lemon asks her to do so. It’s an intense finish where three possible suspects face off with Lindsey, Robbie, and Sully stuck in the middle. Whose story do they believe? Emma must come to the rescue to save her boyfriend (what?)!

McKinlay has struck gold in this series for me. I love her characters, and that’s probably my favorite aspect of this book. When my other faves come for a visit from London and Arizona, we get a wonderful side story about how they all now know one another. McKinlay’s quips and banter move the pages along easily… I’m just so sorry it ended this quick. I thought I could stretch it out over the weekend, but I found myself with a few hours on Friday, and well, I couldn’t put it down!

Awesome series… newest one comes out this month. I can’t wait. Thanks for all this fun.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


20 thoughts on “Book Review: Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay

    Priyasha said:
    September 8, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Great review ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    bettylouise31 said:
    September 8, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    I need to add this series to my TBR list.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 8, 2018 at 1:20 PM

      It’s really good. If you like libraries and humorous cozies without being too sweet or sappy, this is a fantastic one to add.

      Liked by 1 person

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    September 8, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    This book sounds good, Jay. I am adding it to my TBR [even if it is a huge mountain at the moment].

    Liked by 2 people

    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    September 9, 2018 at 3:56 AM

    Another TBR! With winter coming, I’m getting my list in order 😊💗

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 9, 2018 at 11:24 AM

      Good series. I’ll have to send you my new cozy coming out next month!


    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    September 10, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    “Olive, thankfully, turns up dead” 😂😂😂 wow! There’s that malicious side of you I never thought I would see!! But, death and libraries?! Count me in! I’m pretty sure I have this series on my list from a prior review of yours.. 🤔🤔

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 10, 2018 at 5:52 PM

      It’s a must read series for cozies. I have reviewed all the others, so you might have caught those reviews Turns up dead… so funny. I am very malicious! Just ask the characters in my books. 🙂

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    Jennie said:
    September 10, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    This looks so good. Thank you, James!

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    September 10, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    About a Dog series is romance, I do not think they will be related. I have not read any in this series, but I think maybe I should. You have definitely tweaked my interest Jay.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 11, 2018 at 7:11 AM

      The library series is one of my favorites. It usually has a strong mystery and good side stories.

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        carhicks said:
        September 11, 2018 at 7:17 AM

        I know she is an very good author, so I should not be surprised.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 11, 2018 at 7:19 AM

        When I learned she had other books under different author names, too, I was shocked. She’s quite prolific.

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    I’ve read one in this series. (Don’t remember the title.) But I haven’t read this one, and after reading your review, I would like to.

    Liked by 1 person

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