ARGH! McKinlay’s BOOK, LINE AND SINKER Offers Suspense!

Book, Line and Sinker

book_Line_SinkerLibrary Lovers #3
By: Jenn McKinlay
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Penguin Random House/Penguin Audio 

Genre: Fiction – Mystery & Detective – Women Sleuths 

Release Date: October 06, 2015 

6 Hours and 41 Minutes
Paperback and E-books | 305 pages
Penguin Random House/Berkley (December 4, 2012)

Audiofile provided by publisher. No remuneration was exchanged and all opnions presented herein are my own except as noted.

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Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides plenty of excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. But when a shocking murder is committed in her cozy coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, the question of who did it must be answered before an innocent man gets the book thrown at him…

Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club, and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.

In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect. To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for good…


My Take Oblong

McKinlay has a well-developed mystery writing style that obscures the solution until just before the climax, and yet, the baddie is usually involved in her stories fairly early on. 

This might sound like an obvious necessity to successful mystery writing, but, I often find the murderer is revealed right away and spend the rest of the book thinking, “Come on, how dumb does this writer think we are?”

Another thing McKinlay does well is that the perp is usually part of the story and not brought in at the end.  Again this might seem obvious but some mystery writers use a kind of perp ex machina to keep the story’s, or series’ complement of characters whole, if not well-liked.

In this story, the person who is killed is entirely unlikable. In fact, you know from the start she is the “red-shirt.”  In fact, I am surprised the entire town didn’t get together and put out a hit on her.  But the above blurb is a little misleading as there are more suspects than Charlie.

More than the murder, tension is created when a monkey wrench is thrown into the burgeoning relationship between Lindsey and Mike. And, I think there’s a lot of overreacting involved in how he sees what is a forced-proximity situation. But it sets up the next couple of books anyway.

This story does have the most suspenseful climax of the series so far. I had to re-listen to the climax to understand the glitch in the safety net put in place before the big climax but it was never explained.  I wasn’t entirely sure everyone involved would survive, although, of course I knew they would survive due to genre format.

I like this series and I like the voice of the woman who narrates it.  The relationship dynamics are usually pretty interesting. It’s a high quality cozy mystery series!


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