Mini Reviews ~Better Late Than Never & Into the Black Nowhere

Posted December 22, 2018 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Mini Reviews ~Better Late Than Never & Into the Black NowhereBetter Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Berkley on November 1, 2016
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library


In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case...  When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines for late returns—the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books.   But one tardy tome catches her attention—a copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered school teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.   Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. No one noticed who brought the book back in, but could it be Candice’s killer? Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another, because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue...

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 , Death in the Stacks , Word to the Wise , One for the Books

I tried really hard to catch up on this series once I started it but I was neglecting my review books so had to take a break but only two away from finishing this series and it’s so great!

In this one the library is doing an amnesty day where you can bring in overdue library books and not have to pay a fine. It’s a huge hit with everyone but Mrs. Cole, who thinks it only makes people think they don’t have to turn in their books on time. When someone returns a book that is twenty years past due and checked out by a person who was murdered on the day it was checked out has Lindsey snooping again to find out what happened.

I liked this one because things are started to right themselves with Lindsey and Sully…Finally! This book is just full of great characters and you even like the grumpy ones like Mrs. Cole.

I can’t wait to get caught up with this series but at the same time I don’t want to catch up! Then it’s the waiting game…lol. Highly recommend for cozy lovers.

Mini Reviews ~Better Late Than Never & Into the Black NowhereInto the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner
Genres: Crime Thriller
Published by Dutton on January 30, 2018
Pages: 355
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer
In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss.
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

Also by this author: UNSUB (UNSUB, #1), The Dark Corners of the Night

If you like a good crime thriller then you really should check out this series! Though the first one was my favorite I really enjoyed this one as well. The author loosely bases her book on real killers and if you know anything about them then you can see it as you read.

In the Black Nowhere is based on Ted Bundy and it’s about several girls who have gone missing and they are starting to think it could be one man who is doing it. Then they find the first one dead and it is then a race against time to try and figure out what has happened and who is doing it before more go missing.

I really like Caitlin, she is a very driven character but she has her flaws too. Her job and distance takes a toll on her relationship with Sean, who is also an Agent but in a different place. The bad guy was very creepy and smooth and a good reminder that killers could be anybody and anywhere!

Can’t wait for the new one coming out in 2019!

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One response to “Mini Reviews ~Better Late Than Never & Into the Black Nowhere

  1. I’ve never read anything by Jenn NcKinlay before but I’ll be checking her out now. And Meg Gardiner sounds familiar. I’ll check and see if I’ve read something by her before. Both of these sound really good.

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