My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Word to the Wise is the 10th book in the ‘Library Lover’s Mystery’ series by Jenn McKinlay and published in 2019. I’ve read all the previous books and one of the author’s other series. She’s in my top ten of faves for this sub-genre. In this series, Lindsey, a Connecticut librarian, solves crimes on the side and will soon marry her former navy-man, Sully.
In this caper, a strange guy has begun stalking Lindsey. He seems normal at first, chatting her up at the library. Then he follows her home with flowers and takes photos while she’s trying on wedding dresses. What’s his obsession? Despite asking him to leave her alone, he continues to pressure and worry her. A few days in, the man is found dead outside the library. Did Sully finally stop the guy from abusing his fiancee? Was someone from the guy’s past tracking him down in CT? Or what else might be going on…
McKinlay is a prolific author and remains so because she keeps her books short and focused. While I enjoyed this one a lot, it was a tiny bit too short and had a slightly simple plot compared to previous books in the series. Nonetheless, the character development, pacing, descriptions, and dialog were all top notch. I just wanted an extra or layer or too and some additional development to the cast of suspects. I liked how people popped up from the past, and Lindsey’s sleuthing skills were very strong. Her relationships with Emma (Chief of Police) and Robbie (ex, now dating Emma) are getting more solid too.
McKinlay took from current popular culture and used her writing as a way to show readers what stalking and abuse is really like for the victim. Sometimes, it’s minor, as in how the guy obsessed with Lindsey appeared in this book… in the beginning. But when he couldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, he kept trying. McKinlay points out that this has crossed the line, even when some characters took the stance that Lindsey should’ve liked the attention. Way to showcase reality in this one! Loved it.
I look forward to the next book in 2020. I’m hoping she adds another to the British hat series soon (I believe it’s coming in 2020). So I’ll be ready for both.
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