I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Berkley on September 3, 2019
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Also by this author: Books Can Be Deceiving , Due or Die , Book, Line and Sinker , Read It and Weep , On Borrowed Time , A Likely Story , Better Late Than Never , Death in the Stacks , One for the Books
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.
Here is what I thought
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. 🙂