DUE OR DIE by Jenn McKinlay

Bridget Crean-Williams is another new reviewer at Crimespree. We met her at a book signing for Matt Hilton and were introduced by Bryan VanMeter.
She mentioned she was interested in reviewing and we jumped at the chance to hand her piles of books! In person she is really fun and fun to be around. We like her and we think we’ll keep her!     Jon

Jenn McKinlay
March 6, 2012
Berkley Prime Crime

McKinlay’s second Library Lover’s Mystery finds Lindsey Norris, public library director in a small coastal New England town, navigating local politics, surviving a nor’easter, and investigating a murder. Carrie Rushton has just been elected the new president of the Friends of the Library, when her husband is found murdered. Unlike his wife, who is a busy and popular nurse and volunteer, Markus Rushton seems to be disliked almost universally. He is a lazy and unpleasant freeloader, and most people seem to think Carrie will be better off without him, which makes Carrie the primary suspect. With the help of her co-workers and friends from her crafternoon book and crafting club, Lindsey sets out to help Carrie through the shock of her husband’s murder and prove her innocence.

Populated with book-lovers, crafters, amazing cooks, and even a gentlemanly romantic interest or two, Lindsey’s little world is a delight to step into. McKinlay’s writing is well paced, her dialogue feels very authentic, and I found DUE OR DIE almost impossible to put down. I hadn’t read the first book in this series, Books Can Be Deceiving, but after enjoying DUE OR DIE so much, you can bet I’ll be picking it up. If Lindsey’s crafternoon book and crafting club sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon, this book includes reading group recommendations, recipes, and a crochet pattern.

Bridget Crean-Williams