Book Review: Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

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Hitting the Books (Library Lover's Mystery, #9)Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The ‘Library Lover’s Mystery’ series by Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. By reading the 9th book, Hitting the Books, I’m now current and eagerly awaiting the 10th one due to be released later this year. Although I thought this one was too simple from a mystery plot perspective, I enjoyed all the normal library shenanigans and small town community relationships.

When Lindsey notices a friendly library patron–famed tennis player, Theresa Huston–run down by a car, she tries to save the woman. Luckily, she’s only injured and survives the accident. Then Lindsey’s friend, Charlie, is hit by the same driver later that day. A gunman is shooting throughout the town. Is someone attempting to knock off Briar Creek residents? Or is it a misunderstanding? Emma, the Chief of Police, asks Lindsey to look into some library books that were in the car (once it’s found), and it leads them to a young kid we’ve met before in a prior book. Liza, Theresa’s soon-to-be step-daughter, is worried sick, but she’s acting strangely, too. Ultimately, Larry, the soon-to-be husband and Liza’s father, knows more than he’s saying about his ex-wife, Liza’s mother, who supposedly died. It comes together in a crashing finale where we know who and why, but I was left a little disappointed at the minimal amount of suspects and detail surrounding how it all came to pass.

That said, it wasn’t enough to detract or worry me from moving on. I just think it could’ve been stronger to really intrigue me as to what was going on behind the scenes. Instead, I found the normal comings-and-goings around the library as my focal point. From ‘The Lemon’ to Mary’s new baby, we had great moments of sentimentality and thought-provoking questions about Lindsey’s relationship with Sully. Will he wants kids? How are they doing now that they’re living together? What’s Beth’s new marriage like? I enjoy the side stories, so I am still happy with the book and will keep reading the future ones.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are three books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, and Flower Power Trip. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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.

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

    Lana Cole said:
    March 5, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Great review! This sounds like a series I would enjoy!😊

    Liked by 1 person

    kathyscottage said:
    March 5, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Good review! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    bettylouise31 said:
    March 5, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    This is a fun story. I did enjoy it. I went to the library and read the series.

    Liked by 1 person

    lghiggins said:
    March 6, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Intrinsic motivation in reading a bookish book.

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    March 7, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Good review Jay. I find as a series goes on, the author sometimes loses a bit of what makes the earlier books great, then after getting that one book out of their system, gets back on point. Waiting to see what you think of the new one. I have finally downloaded the first book from the library and hope to get to it soon. You hooked me to try this series.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

      Thx. It’s worth reading. I look forward to this year’s installment, but it’s not until November, I believe.

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