Monday, December 03, 2012
Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay
Each book opens in the same manner as the crafternoon group at the Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut meet to discuss a book. This time, under the guidance of library director Lindsey Norris, the group is supposed to be talking about The Great Gatsby. But, the women in the group are more interested in discussing Lindsey's ongoing relationship with Mike "Sully" Sullivan, a local tour boat captain. However, the program is interrupted by a loud argument in the library, an argument that will divide the town. It seems the tourism department head wants to open Pirate Island to a treasure hunting company, and some in the community, led by Milton Duffy, the local historian and yogi, are opposed to destroying the environment.
But, money talks, and the salvage company is soon digging on the island with the help of a treasure map and Charlie, a crew member from Sully's company. But, when Charlie finds a body at the excavation site, it's a toss-up for primary suspect, Charlie himself or Milton. Lindsey is sure neither man committed the murder, but in her attempt to find a killer, she endangers herself and the man she loves.
McKinlay deftly mixes past history of the Thumb Islands near Briar Creek with contemporary life and crime. And, she keeps the reader guessing as to the true story behind the murder of a local family. However, the true charm of these books comes from the characters themselves; Lindsey, her entertaining children's librarian, Beth, her landlady and the other women of the crafternoon group, and, of course, Sully. And, Jenn McKinlay also knows when to throw a twist into the story so that Lindsey's life takes a sudden turn.
Don't ignore this series just because it's called a Library Lover's Mystery. Book, Line, and Sinker is an outstanding cozy mystery. Anyone who appreciates a mystery set in a small town, featuring engaging characters and an intriguing story should savor Jenn McKinlay's Book, Line, and Sinker.
Jenn McKinlay's website is www.jennmckinlay.com
Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay. Berkley Prime Crime. 2012. ISBN 9780425251768 (paperback), 292p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.