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It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books. Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams--but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term "book lover" a whole new me It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books. Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams--but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term "book lover" a whole new meaning. Inappropriate looks and unwelcome late-night visits to Lindsey's house have everyone from the crafternooners to Lindsey's fiancé, Sully, on edge. When Grady's dead body is found staged outside the library and all the clues point to Sully, Lindsey knows it's up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of Grady's previous life to find the real culprit and clear Sully's name. But becoming a thorn in the killer's side is not without its consequences, and the closer Lindsey gets to the truth, the more determined the murderer is to make her just a footnote.


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It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books. Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams--but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term "book lover" a whole new me It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books. Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams--but it's not all roses for Briar Creek's beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term "book lover" a whole new meaning. Inappropriate looks and unwelcome late-night visits to Lindsey's house have everyone from the crafternooners to Lindsey's fiancé, Sully, on edge. When Grady's dead body is found staged outside the library and all the clues point to Sully, Lindsey knows it's up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of Grady's previous life to find the real culprit and clear Sully's name. But becoming a thorn in the killer's side is not without its consequences, and the closer Lindsey gets to the truth, the more determined the murderer is to make her just a footnote.

30 review for Word to the Wise

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Word to the Wise is the 10th book in the 'Library Lover's Mystery' series by Jenn McKinlay and published in 2019. I've read all the previous books and one of the author's other series. She's in my top ten of faves for this sub-genre. In this series, Lindsey, a Connecticut librarian, solves crimes on the side and will soon marry her former navy-man, Sully. In this caper, a strange guy has begun stalking Lindsey. He seems normal at first, chatting her up at the library. Then he follows her home wit Word to the Wise is the 10th book in the 'Library Lover's Mystery' series by Jenn McKinlay and published in 2019. I've read all the previous books and one of the author's other series. She's in my top ten of faves for this sub-genre. In this series, Lindsey, a Connecticut librarian, solves crimes on the side and will soon marry her former navy-man, Sully. In this caper, a strange guy has begun stalking Lindsey. He seems normal at first, chatting her up at the library. Then he follows her home with flowers and takes photos while she's trying on wedding dresses. What's his obsession? Despite asking him to leave her alone, he continues to pressure and worry her. A few days in, the man is found dead outside the library. Did Sully finally stop the guy from abusing his fiancee? Was someone from the guy's past tracking him down in CT? Or what else might be going on... McKinlay is a prolific author and remains so because she keeps her books short and focused. While I enjoyed this one a lot, it was a tiny bit too short and had a slightly simple plot compared to previous books in the series. Nonetheless, the character development, pacing, descriptions, and dialog were all top notch. I just wanted an extra or layer or too and some additional development to the cast of suspects. I liked how people popped up from the past, and Lindsey's sleuthing skills were very strong. Her relationships with Emma (Chief of Police) and Robbie (ex, now dating Emma) are getting more solid too. McKinlay took from current popular culture and used her writing as a way to show readers what stalking and abuse is really like for the victim. Sometimes, it's minor, as in how the guy obsessed with Lindsey appeared in this book... in the beginning. But when he couldn't take 'no' for an answer, he kept trying. McKinlay points out that this has crossed the line, even when some characters took the stance that Lindsey should've liked the attention. Way to showcase reality in this one! Loved it. I look forward to the next book in 2020. I'm hoping she adds another to the British hat series soon (I believe it's coming in 2020). So I'll be ready for both.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Word to the Wise is the tenth entertaining installment in A Library Lover’s Mystery series. If you have not read any of the previous books in the series, I do not recommend starting with Word to the Wise. You would be a little lost regarding the characters and their relationships. Jenn McKinlay skillfully tackles the serious topic of stalkers as well as online predators in Word to the Wise. We see how easily a stalker can fool people with their friendliness and lack of threatening demeanor. They Word to the Wise is the tenth entertaining installment in A Library Lover’s Mystery series. If you have not read any of the previous books in the series, I do not recommend starting with Word to the Wise. You would be a little lost regarding the characters and their relationships. Jenn McKinlay skillfully tackles the serious topic of stalkers as well as online predators in Word to the Wise. We see how easily a stalker can fool people with their friendliness and lack of threatening demeanor. They are very careful to not break the law and use the law to their benefit. Of course, some people believe Lindsey is overreacting to Aaron Grady’s overtures and that she should be complimented by his attention. Stalking is one of those crimes that is hard to prosecute especially since the law has yet to catch up with disturbing crime. I believe the author accurately portrayed how victims feel and the attitudes of those around them (some are supportive, and others are not). I found Word to the Wise to be well-written and it proceeded along at an even pace. I love the characters in A Library Lover’s Mystery series. Beth Barker, the children’s librarian, is sweet and comes up with creative story hour ideas. She is wearing a bat costume in this book and Beth has some special news to share with her friends. Ms. Cole has changed from the lemon we first met her in Books Can Be Deceiving, and I was surprised by her decision in Word to the Wise. The rest of the Crafternooners are present with Violet and Nancy adding humor. There is an amusing scene between Robbie and Sully that will have you chuckling. The mystery was interesting with a good twist, but it was easily solved (that I found disappointing). Aaron Grady, in my opinion, is the creepiest villain Lindsey and the group has had to deal with to date. Unfortunately, Lindsey’s wedding planning takes a backseat while solving the whodunit. But her friends are ready to help especially with picking the cake flavor (cake for lunch). There is a section at the end that tells you what a crafternoon is and how to host one. I cannot wait for the next A Library Lover’s Mystery for the wedding of Lindsey and Sully. My favorite quote from the book is, “Life is uncertain—eat dessert first.” Word to the Wise has scary stalker, reeking roses, valuable friends, wedding work, a hound named Heathcliff, and one alarmed librarian.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    WORD TO THE WISE is the tenth book of the Library Lover’s Mystery series. Compared to Jenn Mckinlay’s other books, I do find that this one has a more serious feel to it. While it does have it’s charming moments, it’s not nearly as playful as some of her other books have been. I find that this is due to Lindsey’s personality. This is totally fine. I like having different characters in different series because otherwise all the books would feel too similar. However, I do tend to prefer McKinla WORD TO THE WISE is the tenth book of the Library Lover’s Mystery series. Compared to Jenn Mckinlay’s other books, I do find that this one has a more serious feel to it. While it does have it’s charming moments, it’s not nearly as playful as some of her other books have been. I find that this is due to Lindsey’s personality. This is totally fine. I like having different characters in different series because otherwise all the books would feel too similar. However, I do tend to prefer McKinlay’s more playful style. The premise of this book involves a stalker. Aaron Grady approached Lindsay, asking help for tips on gardening and so after she gave him some books, he started becoming overly nice to her. Sending her thank-yous and flowers was one thing, but when he shows up at her house uninvited, it starts to freak her out. When Aaron winds up dead, Sully, her fiancé is blamed. Now Lindsey must find out who the real culprit is and it turns out to be a wild ride as she discovers who Aaron really is. While the premise seems very interesting, I really wasn’t a fan of the stalker storyline. It moved too slow in the beginning of the book, so I found myself losing interest far too quickly. I would’ve liked to see a more tighter pace and have the murder occur earlier. Some of the scenes weren’t all that necessary and dragged the book down. So while I did like aspects of this book, there was a lot of be desired. I’m hoping that in the next one there will be a tighter plotline.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I read this for free through the publisher's First to Read program. I was highly amused to see McKinlay reference herself in the book (the unnamed author who posts her bad breakfast choices online). The mystery was creepier than normal. I hated it when Lindsey's fears about her stalker were brushed off by the mayor, but I was so very glad that she had an excellent support system who stood up for her. This was one book where the police chief being female definitely makes a positive difference in I read this for free through the publisher's First to Read program. I was highly amused to see McKinlay reference herself in the book (the unnamed author who posts her bad breakfast choices online). The mystery was creepier than normal. I hated it when Lindsey's fears about her stalker were brushed off by the mayor, but I was so very glad that she had an excellent support system who stood up for her. This was one book where the police chief being female definitely makes a positive difference in how stalking is treated. The murderer...yikes. I really did like this book, and I highly recommend it and the rest of the series. Can't wait for the wedding!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Lindsey is finally planning her wedding and working at the library. A man asks her help finding a book and over thanks her. He start showing up every where she is and starring at her. The police take it seriously but the mayor and others don’t. The man has a wife who accuses Lindsey of causing the trouble, when he is found dead at the library, Lindsey’s fiancée is blamed. Lindsey uses all her library research skills to figure out who did it. The author made you feel the fear and helplessness tha Lindsey is finally planning her wedding and working at the library. A man asks her help finding a book and over thanks her. He start showing up every where she is and starring at her. The police take it seriously but the mayor and others don’t. The man has a wife who accuses Lindsey of causing the trouble, when he is found dead at the library, Lindsey’s fiancée is blamed. Lindsey uses all her library research skills to figure out who did it. The author made you feel the fear and helplessness that being stalked causes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The tenth book of the Library Lovers book finds Linsday North preparing to wed Sully. She helps Aaron Grady one time at the library and Lindsay is receiving big bouquets of roses from him. Aaron comes into the library and just stares at her. He also comes to her home at odd times and Sully is not there. He is following her and taken pictures arriving at the library one morning Lindsay finds Aaron dead lay out in front the building. Sully had fought with him the that night. Other clues point to S The tenth book of the Library Lovers book finds Linsday North preparing to wed Sully. She helps Aaron Grady one time at the library and Lindsay is receiving big bouquets of roses from him. Aaron comes into the library and just stares at her. He also comes to her home at odd times and Sully is not there. He is following her and taken pictures arriving at the library one morning Lindsay finds Aaron dead lay out in front the building. Sully had fought with him the that night. Other clues point to Sully. Lindsay investigate the murder to clear Sully before the wedding. She finds Aaron has a history doing the sane things to other women.The tale takes some turns that will surprise you. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Disclosure: Thanks to Berkley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    WORD TO THE WISE, the tenth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay, weaves in the creepy issue of stalking into a well-plotted mystery. It’s always a pleasure sitting down and catching up with the characters in this long-enduring series and this new release didn’t disappoint. Protagonist Lindsey Norris is the library director at the Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. I so enjoy the interaction she has with her staff, all well-developed characters on their own. Sweet WORD TO THE WISE, the tenth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay, weaves in the creepy issue of stalking into a well-plotted mystery. It’s always a pleasure sitting down and catching up with the characters in this long-enduring series and this new release didn’t disappoint. Protagonist Lindsey Norris is the library director at the Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. I so enjoy the interaction she has with her staff, all well-developed characters on their own. Sweet Beth, the children’s librarian, brings lighthearted fun to the story and I admire the close friendship she has with Lindsey. It’s been a pleasure watching the characters grow and develop, especially Mrs. Cole, aka The Lemon. When the stalker increases his attentions toward Lindsey as she plans her wedding, her friends and co-workers provide support and try to protect her from harm. Ms. McKinlay ups the suspense by portraying the ways people can excuse or dismiss the behavior of stalkers and how it can turn deadly for the victim. Except in this story, the stalker ends up being murdered and Lindsey’s fiancé, Mike Sullivan, becomes a suspect. While the perpetrator wasn’t difficult to guess, there were some twists that kept the book entertaining and kept me turning pages. One of the fun events included in each of the books in this series is the library’s Crafternoon events: a combination of crafts, book club, and shared food all in one. It’s a time for friends, new and old, to come together and forge stronger bonds. I love how Ms. McKinlay includes a book club list of questions for a book the group reads, directions for a craft, and a couple recipes at the back of the book. I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    There isn't a woman alive who hasn't had the creep experience, but Lindsay's goes a step beyond just the creepy to the extreme stalker. Add in the stress of planning a wedding while being stalked and told to "enjoy" the attention from the men in power about town and you have an intriguing story enhanced with excellent characters. The story definitely has some interesting twists and turns to keep you intrigued as well. I absolutely can't wait for the next book to see what happens in the lives of There isn't a woman alive who hasn't had the creep experience, but Lindsay's goes a step beyond just the creepy to the extreme stalker. Add in the stress of planning a wedding while being stalked and told to "enjoy" the attention from the men in power about town and you have an intriguing story enhanced with excellent characters. The story definitely has some interesting twists and turns to keep you intrigued as well. I absolutely can't wait for the next book to see what happens in the lives of the Library Lover's gang next!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this lovely little ARC. I love this series, as both a reader and librarian. Sadly, I did not realize I missed book 9 so there was a BIG item that took place in this book that I was unaware of, but a happy surprise, so yay. In Word to the Wise, Lindsey is plagued by an overly affectionate patron who doesn't understand her disinterest. Unfortunately, he also ends up dead outside the library and Sully is the prime suspect. Thus begins the sluethy librarian' Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this lovely little ARC. I love this series, as both a reader and librarian. Sadly, I did not realize I missed book 9 so there was a BIG item that took place in this book that I was unaware of, but a happy surprise, so yay. In Word to the Wise, Lindsey is plagued by an overly affectionate patron who doesn't understand her disinterest. Unfortunately, he also ends up dead outside the library and Sully is the prime suspect. Thus begins the sluethy librarian's quest to find the real killer. (Seriously, she has a career as a private investigator if the librarian stuff fails lol) As usual, fun book. But there was a loose end that I don't think was wrapped up, thankfully it isn't enough to be really bothersome.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I binged this series earlier this year to catch up so I would be ready when this book came out. I was fortunate enough to be approved for an ARC through Edelweiss. I think this book has to be one of my favorites in the series. It is fast-paced and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. In this 10th book, the reader finds Lindsey and Sully preparing for their winter wedding. However, as usually happens in this series, a wrench is thrown into their plans by a new resident who becomes a I binged this series earlier this year to catch up so I would be ready when this book came out. I was fortunate enough to be approved for an ARC through Edelweiss. I think this book has to be one of my favorites in the series. It is fast-paced and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. In this 10th book, the reader finds Lindsey and Sully preparing for their winter wedding. However, as usually happens in this series, a wrench is thrown into their plans by a new resident who becomes a stalker and Lindsey is his target. The characters in this series are well developed by this point and all very likable. I love how diverse they are in age, experience, and background. They make a terrific group and complement each other in various ways just when it is needed the most. I like the relationship between Sully and Lindsey. He is protective without being cloying and he gives Lindsey advice without coming across as controlling but rather just a man looking out for the woman he loves. I even liked how the author had developed the friendship between Sully and Robbie. I thought the mystery in the book was excellent. Lindsey's stalker is found murdered outside the library and Sully is the prime suspect. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the story to keep the reader guessing as to the identity or identities of the killer. I also appreciate that Lindsey is one of those characters who doesn't go, rogue when investigating. She is level-headed and keeps the chief of police informed along the way. This is a terrific series and I am looking forward to more to come. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Aaron Grady appeared to be an ordinary patron, asking library director Lindsay Norris about saving his beloved roses from the summer drought. If he seemed more grateful for her help than the usual patron, perhaps he was socially inept, or a natural introvert. Lindsay gave him the benefit of the doubt - until he showed up at the library with an enormous bouquet of roses, until her staff informed her that he'd been hanging around and asking many personal questions about her, and until he showed up Aaron Grady appeared to be an ordinary patron, asking library director Lindsay Norris about saving his beloved roses from the summer drought. If he seemed more grateful for her help than the usual patron, perhaps he was socially inept, or a natural introvert. Lindsay gave him the benefit of the doubt - until he showed up at the library with an enormous bouquet of roses, until her staff informed her that he'd been hanging around and asking many personal questions about her, and until he showed up one night at her door with yet another huge bouquet of roses. "I thought you were my friend," he said, seeming hurt and puzzled when she refused the flowers and told him not to come back. By then, her friends and co-workers had identified a creepy vibe from the man, but it took her friendly-to-all dog Heathcliff's growl to convince her. Mild-manned Grady was a stalker. Lindsay was already distracted with planning her wedding to longtime love, Captain Mike Sullivan (Sully). So many choices, even for a small wedding on Bell Island in the Thumb Island archipelago. Those plans became more complicated and fraught on a trip to New Haven to shop for wedding dresses with her mother, Sully's mother, and her best friend Beth. After trying on two gowns, she chose the second, the perfect gown for a winter wedding - but her pleasure was rent when she received a text - clearly from Grady - telling her to buy the first dress "for me." She finally decides to involve Emma Plewicki, chief of police, who confronts Grady when he rearranges the library furniture to secure a better view of Lindsay at her desk. Emma orders him to leave, and bans him permanently. This backfires when Grady's outrage is backed by the mayor and president of the library trustees, whose fear of a lawsuit seems to override Emma's common sense. Lindsay feels deeply betrayed when these powerful men tell her she's overreacting. Sully tries to make things better for her by taking her to dinner, only to encounter Grady staring at Lindsay from the bar, and Grady's wife, Sylvia, screaming at Lindsay to stop trying to steal her man. Sully and Grady have an unnerving verbal encounter. Everyone is on edge. Lindsay's friends band together to escort her to and from work, so it is Sully's friend Robbie who first sees Grady leaning against the back of the library. He is also the one who discovers that Grady is dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. Early in the book, Lindsay and her Crafternoons friends at the library had been discussing The House on Mango Street. The theme of that book resonates throughout the leadup to, and investigation of, the murder. Can you really leave your past behind you? Sully's past in the Navy creates suspicion because the murder weapon is the same type of gun he still owns. Does Grady's past include incidences of stalking? And what past craziness is propelling Sylvia's outlandish rants, both before and after Grady's death? The mystery is solved, the wedding plans go ahead, and the reader is left anticipating the next book. All in all, a stellar and thought-provoking mystery. Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an ARC to preview. Five stars. As a librarian and a knitter, I was especially delighted by two details. Lindsay muses about patrons who ask a question, but seem reluctant to take the materials once they are in the stacks. Been there! And a character, briefly mentioned, is learning how to knit. Will we meet her again next time? Will she join the Crafternoon gang? I hope so.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ken

    I truly enjoyed reading Words to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay. It’s a cozy mystery with a little romance, a librarian and an adorable dog, so for me, it was a perfect read. Lindsey is a Library Director in a small town called Briar Creek. Out of the blue, Lindsey starts being stalked by a mysterious, creepy man named Aaron Grady. When Aaron turns up dead outside the library, Lindsey’s fiancé Sully becomes the main suspect. Lindsey is determined to find the real killer and clear Sully. You will be k I truly enjoyed reading Words to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay. It’s a cozy mystery with a little romance, a librarian and an adorable dog, so for me, it was a perfect read. Lindsey is a Library Director in a small town called Briar Creek. Out of the blue, Lindsey starts being stalked by a mysterious, creepy man named Aaron Grady. When Aaron turns up dead outside the library, Lindsey’s fiancé Sully becomes the main suspect. Lindsey is determined to find the real killer and clear Sully. You will be kept on the edge of your seat trying to figure out the real murderer. It is a very charming mystery full of suspense and twists and turns and is guaranteed to keep you hanging in suspense. This was the first book I’ve read by Jenn McKinlay, but it definitely will not be my last.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    Though I did enjoy this one I guess there comes a time in about ever series that there is bound to be one you just didn't think was as great as the others and this one would be it. I will say though that it has probably one of the creepiest villain yet to date in this series or in any cozies I read so far!  Lindsay is on cloud nine as she should be as she is getting married to my favorite man! I thought they might not ever make it to through as they did have some rough patches. Instead of being e Though I did enjoy this one I guess there comes a time in about ever series that there is bound to be one you just didn't think was as great as the others and this one would be it. I will say though that it has probably one of the creepiest villain yet to date in this series or in any cozies I read so far!  Lindsay is on cloud nine as she should be as she is getting married to my favorite man! I thought they might not ever make it to through as they did have some rough patches. Instead of being excited about making her wedding plans she has to deal with a stalker, a creepy creepy stalker! A newcomer to Briar Creek comes into the library and ask for help finding books on roses and Lindsay treats him just like any other patrion the library. She is kind and helpful and all that backfires when it comes to this guy. He sends her roses, ask her friends about her, comes into the library and literally pulls a desk and chair over to where he can stare at her while she is in her office!!! See what I mean creepy!  Aaron follows her around town and at first she just kind of shook it off as friendly but when it gets worse she starts to get a little frightened. Especially when he sends her creepy text telling her which wedding dress he liked! Sully confronts him when he is staring at them while they eat dinner and Ian kicks him out of his restaurant, then of course the man ends up dead at the library. Everything points to Sully but Lindsay knows that even though he was irritated with that guy stalking her he would never resort to murder. So she starts snooping with Robby (whose character has progressed into one of my favorites though we had a rocky start), even though Robby's girlfriend the chief of police doesn't want them too.  The characters in this series are just great and I love the overall arc of all the characters that even if there was one you didn't like at the beginning when you get to know them and find out more about them you can start to enjoy them. Robby is one of those but also Mrs. Cole aka the Lemon, she has really come a long way and I really like her. Sully still stands out as my favorite character because I just like how kind and sweet and did I mention he is a boat  captain...sighs.  Okay so let's talk about why I didn't care for this one as much as I have the others in this series. The mystery even though there was a bit of a twist at the end, was just to easy to solve. I don't feel the author gave me enough suspects or red herrings to fool me in any way. Though the twist was different it was still who I guessed from the very beginning. I just expected something better. The other thing might not bother some but I thought this one preached feminism to much and that is not my thing. Actually it's probably one of the reasons I am having such a hard time figuring out my rating for this book. I am so on the fence with my feels and well I almost gave it a 3.5 but after much consideration I rated it up a half star because this book has some of my favorite characters and story arcs and I do like the place the next one is headed. And boy I am getting rambly so that's it. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie

    This was a particularly gripping mystery. Stalkers and crazed psychos without remorse will do that.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Kennerley

    I loved it! This book was more thriller than cozy mystery like the others in the series. I've grown so attached to the characters that I was truly upset that Lindsey had a stalker and that certain people shrugged it off like it was no big deal. It was immensely reassuring that her friends stood by her and helped. As usual I had quite a few laughs while reading and I cheered when I spotted the "bad breakfast choices" easter egg. This is such a wonderful author. ARC edelweissplus I loved it! This book was more thriller than cozy mystery like the others in the series. I've grown so attached to the characters that I was truly upset that Lindsey had a stalker and that certain people shrugged it off like it was no big deal. It was immensely reassuring that her friends stood by her and helped. As usual I had quite a few laughs while reading and I cheered when I spotted the "bad breakfast choices" easter egg. This is such a wonderful author. ARC edelweissplus

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    "Word to the Wise" Book #10 of the Library Lover's Mystery Series by Jenn McKinlay is a cozy mystery with an edge! I absolutely LOVED this and highly recommend this book. The setting is Briar Creek, where Lindsey is the Library Director, and who is also in the midst of planning and getting ready to marry Fiancée Captain Mike Sullivan "Sully". Enter Aaron Grady, a new comer in town, who is a gardening enthusiast, and who is also smitten with Lindsey. Grady's stalker behavior escalates, and later "Word to the Wise" Book #10 of the Library Lover's Mystery Series by Jenn McKinlay is a cozy mystery with an edge! I absolutely LOVED this and highly recommend this book. The setting is Briar Creek, where Lindsey is the Library Director, and who is also in the midst of planning and getting ready to marry Fiancée Captain Mike Sullivan "Sully". Enter Aaron Grady, a new comer in town, who is a gardening enthusiast, and who is also smitten with Lindsey. Grady's stalker behavior escalates, and later ends up murdered and Sully becomes the primary suspect. I truly enjoyed this cozy with a thriller undercurrent that gave me a bit of the creeps in the best way possible. I enjoyed it so much that I devoured this book over the long week-end in an afternoon. I did not get up until I got through this addictive and thrilling cozy mystery. I also wanted to mention that I loved the Crafternoons mention in the story and made this a really cozy read feel for me. The Crafternoons are a group of book lovers discussing their current read, while also enjoying a meal and a craft activity. What I also loved is the bonus in the back of the book on discussion questions, a craft activity, and along with some recipes for a charcuterie board, Greek Salad Skewers and even a White Chocolate Cake with Raspberry filling. Thank you to Netgalley, Berkley Pub for the ebook ARC copy for my honest and objective review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    For a cozy mystery, Word to the Wise was pretty creepy. With Lindsey’s life being so right, she was feeling on top of the world until Grady entered her life. His obvious interest in her was very apparent from the start but he was also very obvious about it, which didn’t take this story out of the cozy realm. I think Lindsey, although reluctant at first, handled the situation very well. It was interesting to see how the stalking situation affected all those around her. When Grady’s body was found For a cozy mystery, Word to the Wise was pretty creepy. With Lindsey’s life being so right, she was feeling on top of the world until Grady entered her life. His obvious interest in her was very apparent from the start but he was also very obvious about it, which didn’t take this story out of the cozy realm. I think Lindsey, although reluctant at first, handled the situation very well. It was interesting to see how the stalking situation affected all those around her. When Grady’s body was found, Lindsey and the others thought that everything was going to go back to normal but they were very wrong on that account. The fun was only just beginning. This story was a page turner for me and I did enjoy reading it. I was a bit surprised at the level of stalking that was included, it was honestly creepy, but I thought it was well done. There were quite a few surprising twists to the story and I enjoyed the dark downward spiral that I was on as I learned more about the motivations behind the antagonist. Overall, Word to the Wise was a fast-paced read that was very entertaining.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Book

    Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers Mysteries are always an entertaining read. Word to the Wise tackles a little more serious subject matter than usual but Ms. McKinlay handles it easily with her skillful writing. Lindsey attracts a very clever stalker who manages to cover his intentions so that some believe Lindsey is overreacting. Ms. McKinlay creates a fascinating story, slipping the stalker’s manipulations into the fabric of the Briar Creek Community, involving a wide range of characters. In addit Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers Mysteries are always an entertaining read. Word to the Wise tackles a little more serious subject matter than usual but Ms. McKinlay handles it easily with her skillful writing. Lindsey attracts a very clever stalker who manages to cover his intentions so that some believe Lindsey is overreacting. Ms. McKinlay creates a fascinating story, slipping the stalker’s manipulations into the fabric of the Briar Creek Community, involving a wide range of characters. In addition to the mystery of the stalker being murdered, Lindsey and Mike have to deal with their upcoming nuptials, and both sets of parents. Ms. McKinlay pulls it all together in an engaging read that is hard to put down before reaching the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I told myself I was going to read one chapter before bed and next thing I knew I had finished the book. One might worry that you'd tire of the series by book 10 but there's just something about this series that keeps me wanting more. Perhaps it's because I can relate to the library world (not the ability to repeatedly find dead bodies...can't say I've ever found a dead body). I love the setting and the characters too. I told myself I was going to read one chapter before bed and next thing I knew I had finished the book. One might worry that you'd tire of the series by book 10 but there's just something about this series that keeps me wanting more. Perhaps it's because I can relate to the library world (not the ability to repeatedly find dead bodies...can't say I've ever found a dead body). I love the setting and the characters too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    I have the feeling that Word to the Wise is personal for author Jenn McKinlay. I haven't asked her, but I read the acknowledgements. If you read the mystery, which is more disturbing than some of McKinlay's books, read the acknowledgements, and let me know what you think. And, the next time I see Jenn, I have a question for her. Lindsey Norris, Director of the Briar Creek Public Library, was just doing her job when she helped a new patron, Aaron Grady, find information about roses. But Grady does I have the feeling that Word to the Wise is personal for author Jenn McKinlay. I haven't asked her, but I read the acknowledgements. If you read the mystery, which is more disturbing than some of McKinlay's books, read the acknowledgements, and let me know what you think. And, the next time I see Jenn, I have a question for her. Lindsey Norris, Director of the Briar Creek Public Library, was just doing her job when she helped a new patron, Aaron Grady, find information about roses. But Grady doesn't see it that way. He brings her roses. He watches her. It's the library staff members who warn Lindsey that the man is fixated on her. Although he told her he was married, Grady watches Lindsey at the library, and wants to talk about her with staff members if she's not there. One night, he shows up at the house she shares with her fiance, Sully, and brings her more roses. Lindsey reports Grady's actions to the police. He sends her creepy messages, and even follows her to a restaurant where Sully finally confronts him. Lindsey's friends try to help her. When the police ban Grady from the library, the mayor claims boys will be boys, and lets him back in. Then, when Grady's body is found propped outside the library, Sully tops the suspect list. McKinlay follows Hitting the Books with a disturbing mystery that will hit close to home for many women. The author skillfully contrasts Lindsey's emotions when confronted with Grady's creepy, inappropriate behavior with that of the warm feelings when she's surrounded by friends. It's sobering to observe the female police chief acknowledge the behavior as stalking while the male mayor feels differently. McKinlay's cozy readers will still appreciate the characters. However, the book has a powerful message about stalking and women terrorized in the workplace.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    Most of you are aware that I love this series as well as this author. It's one of the few series I'm actually current on so that tells you something. The mysteries are always fun, the small town atmosphere is so quaint that I can see myself living there (even though I vowed to live in a small town after growing up in one) and the characters are awesome. "Word to the Wise" is a strong addition to the series but I can't say that it was my favorite. Lindsey and Sully are finally getting married and Most of you are aware that I love this series as well as this author. It's one of the few series I'm actually current on so that tells you something. The mysteries are always fun, the small town atmosphere is so quaint that I can see myself living there (even though I vowed to live in a small town after growing up in one) and the characters are awesome. "Word to the Wise" is a strong addition to the series but I can't say that it was my favorite. Lindsey and Sully are finally getting married and what should be a happy time is clouded by the appearance of a rose-growing stalker. This man is more persistent than the most tenacious weed and it's no real surprise, as well as no real loss, when he ends up dead. Once again Lindsey is thrown into trying to solve a murder to protect those she loves. I pretty much had the mystery figured out about halfway through the novel but McKinlay still through a twist or two in at the end which kept me on my toes. The book manages to introduce a few new characters while still showing us plenty of our favorites and I like the direction the next book seems to be heading. Plus I give the book extra kudos for featuring Lindsey's pooch Heathcliff on the cover. The only real negative I found in the book is at times it seemed to be pushing feminism too much. Now I'm all for that as well as equality but it felt almost forced at times and I'm not sure it needed to have such a strong presence in a cozy mystery. If you haven't picked up this series and you love cozy mysteries, then you are really missing out. I hope McKinlay has no end in sight for this because this is one series that I am not tired of even though this is the 10th book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Lindsey has a newcomer ask for help at the library, and then he proceeds to stalk her. Lindsey takes on way too many idiotic risks, and the chief of police needs to hire more staff. Notes to author- Saying chicana is like saying pocha. Don't. Do. It. Gotta love how McKinlay always has her characters resort to physical violence. It's creepy.. FYI: A woman can say no without having to 'belong' to someone else. I did like the "wife, husband, and dog" bit. Mckinlay tries to be a modern woman, but forgets Lindsey has a newcomer ask for help at the library, and then he proceeds to stalk her. Lindsey takes on way too many idiotic risks, and the chief of police needs to hire more staff. Notes to author- Saying chicana is like saying pocha. Don't. Do. It. Gotta love how McKinlay always has her characters resort to physical violence. It's creepy.. FYI: A woman can say no without having to 'belong' to someone else. I did like the "wife, husband, and dog" bit. Mckinlay tries to be a modern woman, but forgets that modern women shouldn't have to tiptoe around cavemen. Time for the men to become modern as well. This book is about a stalker, and the irony isn't lost on me that Robbie was a creep, aggressive, and refused to take no for an answer when he was stalking Lindsey, yet she had no issue with him. Maybe McKinlay received so much flack for that, she wrote this novel. McKinlay is obsessed with man buns. :D Honestly, this series isn't that bad because I've stuck with it for so long. I realized I accidentally skipped two of the angst novels, so that may be why. The Lindsey character is likable, and her mate is as well. The are a few too many hens, but at least they aren't immature like her cupcake series characters are.

  23. 4 out of 5

    meghann

    I swear, reading this series is like coming home. I love all the characters in these books, and all is right in the world when I get to spend some time in Briar Creek. There was a lot at stake in this one. and I enjoyed seeing how it all played out. As someone who had a stalker, Lindsey's experiences felt very real. And it's true, you never really feel safe as long as you know they are still out there. Because they do pop up again after years of silence and call your work just to make sure you n I swear, reading this series is like coming home. I love all the characters in these books, and all is right in the world when I get to spend some time in Briar Creek. There was a lot at stake in this one. and I enjoyed seeing how it all played out. As someone who had a stalker, Lindsey's experiences felt very real. And it's true, you never really feel safe as long as you know they are still out there. Because they do pop up again after years of silence and call your work just to make sure you never let your guard down. And the police won't help until they actually hurt you. So you have to stay vigilant and be responsible for keeping yourself safe from a disturbed person. Some of the responses to what was happening to Lindsey were infuriating and unfortunately what actually happens. It's not flattering. It's terrifying. But the things that came out of Lindsey's experience, the possible change that may occur in Briar Creek is so excited. Can't wait for the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review! Sometimes the situations in cozy mysteries test credulity. Sometimes, they are completely plausible situations, and frankly, as a librarian, the set up of library director Lindsey dealing with a stalker after a simple reference interaction was scarily believable. I continue to love this series both for its great characters and plots, but also for the fact that Jenn McKinlay writes a fictional library and librarian Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review! Sometimes the situations in cozy mysteries test credulity. Sometimes, they are completely plausible situations, and frankly, as a librarian, the set up of library director Lindsey dealing with a stalker after a simple reference interaction was scarily believable. I continue to love this series both for its great characters and plots, but also for the fact that Jenn McKinlay writes a fictional library and librarian in this one that are some of the most realistic I've read in fiction, from the typical reference questions to the difficult issue the city faced in how to handle Lindsey's stalker. Can't wait for more!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This was one of the best books in this series. Which is pretty great when the 1oth book in a series is better then the other, usually it goes in just the opposite direction, with the author losing interest in a series and the writing suffers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cochrill

    I couldn’t put this down! I really enjoyed the stalker aspect. It was something different. I did think the murderer was easy to guess, but still a fun book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny K

    As a librarian, it is difficult for me to give a non-biased review of a book that provides such an authentic portrayal of library life, but I’ll try! Word to the Wise is the tenth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. This time, Library Director Lindsay Norris has to deal with an overzealous library patron while planning her wedding. Being a librarian helps you relate to the story, but anyone who works with the public can tell you a tale like this. Patrons and customers can become attached t As a librarian, it is difficult for me to give a non-biased review of a book that provides such an authentic portrayal of library life, but I’ll try! Word to the Wise is the tenth Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay. This time, Library Director Lindsay Norris has to deal with an overzealous library patron while planning her wedding. Being a librarian helps you relate to the story, but anyone who works with the public can tell you a tale like this. Patrons and customers can become attached to you, especially when you are good at your job. Unfortunately for our bookish heroine, her patron crosses a line. He begins stalking and harassing her through text messages before ending up dead, outside the library! Although this is the first book in the series to actually give me the creeps, it still had lots of laughs and witty banter with the usual cast of wacky, lovable characters. I appreciate that the characters discussed sexual harassment and the Me Too movement. I thought it was important and timely to touch on this topic, kudos to Jenn McKinlay for injecting real life into her writing. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader’s edition in exchange for an honest review. Read-A-Likes: Books 1-9 of the Library Lover’s Mysteries by Jenn McKinlay and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Again I start a series from the tail end instead of the beginning. I like the Cupcake Bakers series a bit better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Word to the Wise" is a cozy mystery. It's the tenth in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous mysteries. This was a clue-based mystery that was easily guessable. I liked that the author chose a topic like stalking – a real concern – as the lead up to the murder. The man started stalking Lindsey even though she never encouraged him, so her fiancé and friends had to protect her until he ended up murdered. "Word to the Wise" is a cozy mystery. It's the tenth in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous mysteries. This was a clue-based mystery that was easily guessable. I liked that the author chose a topic like stalking – a real concern – as the lead up to the murder. The man started stalking Lindsey even though she never encouraged him, so her fiancé and friends had to protect her until he ended up murdered. They then investigated to discover who might have murdered him since the fiancé was suspected for the murder. There were no sex scenes. There was occasional use of bad language. Overall, it was an enjoyable novel. I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I guessed the killer right off but I do think it was a great book and nothing annoyed me , that’s all I can ask for ;)

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