A LIKELY STORY by Jenn McKinlay: One Man’s Trash

…, Is Often Just Trash


A LIKELY STORY coverA Library Lover’s Mystery #6
By: Jenn McKinlay
Narrator: Allyson Ryan

Imprint: /PRH/Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction – Mystery & Detective – Cozy
Release Date: November 03, 2015
8 Hours and 45 Minutes

Audiofiles provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

A new audiobook in the Library Lover’s mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of On Borrowed Time. Small-town librarian Lindsey Norris must solve a murder and a missing person’s case involving two reclusive brothers.


Delivering books to the housebound residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen. She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Now she’s determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother’s fate.

**Includes bonus short story AN UNLIKELY MEETING. – See more at: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/312118/a-likely-story/#sthash.CVIz4g7j.dpuf


My Take Oblong

I enjoyed this story even though it has a pretty gory beginning.  I am not big on gore. I found the mystery pretty transparent and the story felt contrived.  It is also similar in its outcome to another book in the series.

What’s interesting is the way these two gents on the island have protected and booby trapped their home for so long, have  stayed on the island almost their whole lives, and yet, they have no friends in the town  Seriously, the guys are strange, but they are also part of a community where everyone is in every one else’s business all the time.

Even with the booby traps I think someone would have suggested the place was a giant hazard and done something. Another facet that bothered me was a scary trek through the brothers’ home with it’s incredible hoarding.

Some of the series loose ends are getting less loose which is nice – I would like to see some resolution. 

Allyson does a great job with her narration; perfectly projecting Lyndsey’s wry humor as well as giving voice to the many characters uniquely and consistently.

This is an “okay” entry in the series with some advancement of underlying story lines.  It is my least favorite book in this series.

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