Jenn McKinlay’s ON BORROWED TIME: Blood & Coffee



By: Jenn McKinlay
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Penguin Random House Audio /Penguin  Audio 

Genre: Fiction – Mystery & Detective – Women Sleuths 

Release Date: November 03, 2015 

6 Hours and 52 Minutes 



Loving a good cup of coffee runs in the family for Briar Creek library director Lindsey Norris. But when her brother, Jack, a consultant for a coffee company, goes missing, her favorite beverage becomes a key clue in a dangerous mystery.

Between preparing the library for the holidays and juggling the affections of ex-boyfriend, Captain Mike Sullivan, and her new crush, actor Robbie Vine, Lindsey has her hands full. But the mysterious disappearance of her world-traveling playboy brother takes precedence over all.

Afraid that involving the police could brew trouble for Jack, Lindsey takes matters into her own hands. But as her quest for her brother embroils her in a strange case involving South American business dealings and an enigmatic and exotic woman, it’ll take the help of both her library book club—the crafternooners—and her eager-to-please suitors to keep Jack from ending up in hot water…


My Take Oblong


I have really come to enjoy this clever (from the titles all the way to the plots) series of library-based cozy mysteries.  They are pretty tightly crafted, move fast, offer a soupcon of romance (even a lurve triangle), and, actually, quite a bit of tense action.  Theree are a bunch of characters, and they are all distinct personalities and often complex.

I always feel that I have missed something though, for example, in this book I feel like I missed knowing a lot more about Jack, Lindsey’s brother.  I did know he traveled a lot on business, but I don’t think he shows up in any of the earlier books.  But, they get along pretty well, and have a very loyal relationship; I got the feeling they would do anything for each other.

Lindsey has been learning from her previous escapades; and thank goodness for that. She’s also really, really brave.  I like when a mystery series character grows — too often they feel static. And, as far as movement goes, there’s some in that love triangle too.   Also, her relationships with her crafternoon friends and the chief of police are tested.

Of course, all this change may be leading somewhere, like to the end of the series, or down an aisle? 


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